Jack action at Acton

November 10, 2017

Our rail lifting jacks have been identified as the most efficient way to carry out major refurbishment to London’s oldest tube trains.

We have supplied 16 ten-tonne jacks to London Underground’s Acton site in West London, from where the Bakerloo Line Life Extension Project is being delivered. They are being used to remove bogies from 1972 tube stock and carry out repairs that will extend its operational life, whilst maintaining uninterrupted service.

The depot is already using 16 ten-tonne jacks supplied by Mechan in 2014. Although they will not be working together, it was knowledge of the first set’s productivity and reliability that prompted a second order.

To accommodate Bakerloo’s tube stock, we fitted the jacks with a specially modified base plate, allowing the shoe gear to pass and ensuring there is no collision with the train.

Lee Pitts, our senior estimator, said: “It is testament to the build quality of our jacks that London Underground has doubled the number at the Acton site in preparation for this key refurbishment project. The 1972 tube stock requires heavy underframe modification and our equipment will provide a safe environment in which work can be carried out, without bottlenecking other depot processes.”

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