TRailway depots in New Zealand will benefit from equipment supplied by Sheffield-based Mechan, because the company’s reputation for reliability and durability spreads throughout the world.
A specialist manufacturer supplied eight 30-ton lift jacks to KiwiRail, eight years after installing the same four units at the Hamilton depot operator.
The new Lift Jack Mechan will be used at Wellington and Dunedin train depots on the northern and southern islands of New Zealand respectively, to serve the expansion of the fleet and maintain several different types of locomotives.
Mechan has worked with KiwiRail to adjust Mechan’s standard design. After completing the construction phase in February, units are now sent to the other side of the world.
Mechan has enjoyed a long relationship with KiwiRail, the largest railroad operator in New Zealand, since 2001, when an initial set of jacks was sent to the Wellington depot. Last year, four other 30-ton jacks were made for the Auckland depot and commissioned in September.
Lindsey Mills, Mechan sales manager, said: “Although we have a relationship with KiwiRail, this order was won through a tender and our products were judged impartially for the quality and value of their money. We have proven the high level of reliability that our jacks achieve and we hope this is seen positively in the decision making process. We hope to return to New Zealand to complete the installation and thus, further expand our reputation for excellence throughout the country. “
Mechan is famous for its flagship lift jack, which complements modern treatment facilities throughout the world. Sets of up to 48 can be synchronized and all lifts are managed by only one operator, allowing the longest train to be serviced without decoupling, saving valuable downtime.
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