Mechan Adds York to Traverser Tally

Sheffield-based Mechan is cementing its reputation as the UK’s leading manufacturer of rail traversers, after installing its latest creation at the Holgate depot in York.

The maintenance equipment specialist has delivered a bespoke traverser and set of 12 lifting jacks to the Network Rail facility.

traverser and lifting jacks a network rail facility
Mechan’s latest bespoke traverser, installed at the Holgate depot in York.

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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. It 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.

Mechan has 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.