Case Studies


June 2, 2023

Blowing away the track experts

A flexible set of Mechan lifting jacks is helping one of the UK’s largest infrastructure groups maintain track quality in the south east.

The contract

In August 2019, Balfour Beatty’s rail business commissioned a set of eight mobile jacks for its Ashford depot in Kent. Their primary function is to facilitate the servicing of stoneblowers, which are used to level rail tracks by automatically lifting and packing sleepers with small grade ballast.

After securing the stoneblower contract, Balfour Beatty borrowed some Mechan jacks from a neighbouring depot and were so impressed they decided to order a set of their own.

Following discussions with the client, we ensured the jacks were flexible enough to accommodate other infrastructure maintenance vehicles, guaranteeing their longevity.

The result

We worked with Balfour Beatty’s Ashford team to create 25-tonne jacks that could be used as a synchronised set of six or eight, futureproofing their operation by giving them the option to service various maintenance machines.

The jacks were constructed with a pallet truck base and daisy chain cabling, so they could be moved around the depot with ease. We also supplied eight 35-tonne jacking brackets and a comprehensive spares package, before installation and training was carried out onsite.

Shaun Mycock, Balfour Beatty’s Professional Head of Plant said: “The lifting jacks have significantly enhanced our capacity at Ashford. Since their installation in June 2020, they have proved to be reliable and durable, coping well with the rigours of a busy depot. Mechan’s knowledgeable, helpful team is always on hand if we have any queries and respond quickly to any maintenance issues.”

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