News - Year: 2019

York joins traverser tally

We are cementing our reputation as the UK’s leading manufacturer of rail traversers, after installing our latest creation at Network Rail’s Holgate depot in York. The 130-tonne traverser was commissioned by Story Contracting to replace a 50-year old unit that was at the end of its useful life. The bespoke unit has a larger capacity than […]


Clients praise service standards

We continue to receive a resounding thumbs up from customers, who have nothing but praise for our product quality and levels of aftersales service. Our popular onsite engineers are the focus of many of the comments we receive, garnering compliments such as: “Dave’s assistance was worth his weight in gold over the weekend and [was] […]


New landmark at Liverpool depot

A newly renovated rail depot in Liverpool has the lifting power to keep its maintenance roads operating efficiently, thanks to Mechan. We have installed a brand-new jib crane at the main doors of the Kirkdale depot, to transfer bogies to storage tracks at the side of the building. Kirkdale is undergoing a multi-million-pound overhaul, in […]


Turntable design transformed

Our expert design team has reinvented one of our most enduring products, saving depot operators time and money during installation. We have launched a new turntable design, following 18 months’ research and development into ways to overcome common problems with pit construction. Turntables sit in a pit at track level and are used to transfer […]


Record jack numbers boost order book

We are enjoying record-breaking demand for our flagship lifting jacks, securing orders for more than 160 already this year. Most of the jacks specified so far are being built for UK rail depots, although sets will also be heading to France and New Zealand. As all of our lifting and handling products are assembled in […]


European partners join us at Railtex

We will be adding a continental feel to Railtex this year by showcasing our own expertise, alongside some of the European innovations we represent. Joining Mechan at Birmingham’s NEC in May will be colleagues from some of the overseas manufacturers, whose products feature in our portfolio. Taking centre stage on stand N10 from May 14-16, […]


Anniversary visit from local MP

Sheffield Labour MP, Clive Betts, has paid us a special visit to mark our 50th anniversary. As Mr Betts was unable to attend our official celebrations, he was invited to a private tour of our offices and workshop. The Sheffield South East MP was greeted by Mechan managing director, Andrew Mott, financial director, Zahir Altaf […]


Cairo team returns to Mechan!

We have welcomed representatives from Cairo Metro to our Sheffield headquarters, almost nine years to the day they made their first journey to the city. Delegates from Egypt’s National Tunnels Authority and depot operator, Colas Rail, arrived last week to see their new bogie drop undertake its final round of testing. The equipment will be […]


Donation marks start of 50th celebrations

To kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations, Mechan has donated £5,000 to Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital. Alison Riley from The Children’s Hospital Charity joined our staff, professional partners and key clients at our 50th anniversary open day, where she was presented with a cheque. We arranged a number of events to raise funds and would like […]


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