Innovation centre gets ready for IEP trains

September 5, 2016

We received two orders from the Rail Innovation Development Centre near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, where the new high speed trains are being trialled.

Working with civil engineers, Construction Marine, we designed and fitted a bespoke bogie bridge that spans the width of an existing bogie drop pit, improving vehicle access into the rail shed.

We have also supplied Network Rail, operators of the centre (formerly known as the Old Dalby Test Track), with eight 25-tonne mobile lifting jacks with moving anvils, to enable the incoming IEP trains to be fully assessed. They will work as one synchronised set to give the facility the extra capacity to accommodate longer vehicles.

Call for our equipment and expertise has come from all areas of the IEP and we have already delivered lifting jacks and equipment drops to the Stoke Gifford and North Pole maintenance centres, plus two bespoke traversers to Hitachi Rail’s vehicle manufacturing facility in County Durham. A three road equipment drop, 40 lifting jacks and two bogie turntables are currently in production for another new depot being constructed in Doncaster.

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