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Mechan Makes Grade At High Tech Rail College

Mechan Makes Grade At High Tech Rail College

Equipment manufactured by Sheffield-based Mechan is being used to train the next generation of skilled rail industry workers.

The depot maintenance specialist has supplied a bogie press and a set of lifting jacks to the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.

Working with the college’s main construction contractor, Willmott Dixon, Mechan has created a bespoke 30-tonne bogie press to help with training. It will provide students with an opportunity to see how a bogie’s suspension is settled after maintenance, by mimicking the loads imposed by the rail vehicle. (Read More)

A set of eight 15-tonne jacks has also been installed at the college to demonstrate how they are used within depots to service carriages without decoupling. Mechan’s flagship jacks are specified in workshops across the world, as up to 48 can be synchronised to allow just one operator to lift a 12-car train.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan’s sales manager, said: “This new teaching facility in Doncaster is furnished with cutting-edge rail technology and it is testament to the high regard in which our products are held that we were asked to contribute. Our jacks and bogie press will enable students to familiarise themselves with equipment they are likely to encounter in depots, giving them invaluable real-world experience.”

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, added: “Our new college is led by employers and it’s thanks to the incredible support from businesses like Mechan that we can lead the way in training the next generation of rail engineers and technicians. Having access to industry equipment and the latest technologies is extremely important; it makes a real difference for our learners.”

For more information about Mechan’s wide range of rail depot maintenance products, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone (0114) 257 0563, visit or follow the firm on Twitter, @mechanuk.