York joins traverser tally

December 19, 2019

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 its predecessor and 145-metre travel distance, to accommodate both the current fleet as well as future proofing for upcoming upgrades. Sited externally, at the entrance to the maintenance shed, it will be used to move carriages between workshop roads.

We have also designed and built a set of 12 jacks to suit working conditions at Holgate, finishing them to an outdoor specification and altering the base arrangement to include castors for ease of movement. These modifications were necessary, as the area in which they are situated is too tight for access with a pallet truck.

Mechan holds the record for the largest traverser produced in the UK, which operates at the Port of Felixstowe and has a capacity of 170 tonnes. After viewing our installations for Hitachi at its Newton Aycliffe facility, Network Rail could see we were capable of delivering such a unique project, on time and on budget.

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