Underground upgrades lifted to new heights

July 14, 2021

We have delivered one of our largest ever orders of lifting jacks to London Underground’s Acton depot.

A total of 44 jacks have been manufactured at our Sheffield headquarters for the west London facility, taking the total number in use there to 68.

The ten-tonne mobile jacks will work with 16 existing units, supplied to Acton in 2017. They will be housed in the site’s new train modification unit (TMU) and used to repair and upgrade London Underground vehicles. In the first instance, they will assist with an ongoing project to reduce increasing maintenance costs and improve the reliability and efficiency of the Central line fleet.

Our 44 new jacks have been designed to the same specification as the 16 existing units, with moving anvils and a base that allows them to be transported around the depot by pallet truck, for added versatility. Modifications to the older jacks were made last year, so they will all work in synchronisation, using the firm’s innovative Megalink control system.

We have also undertaken wiring modifications to the first eight jacks supplied to Acton in 2015, retrofitting the Megalink control system, so they too can be used with the latest order, if required.

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