HomeBusinessMechan benefits from its French connection

Mechan benefits from its French connection


Mechan, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of lifting and railway depot equipment, has made use of its French connection to land an order to equip a new state-of-the-art tram depot on the outskirts of Paris.

CIM Group, Mechan’s parent company, is based in Lisses, 20km south of Paris Orly airport. With CIM’s support, Mechan received an order for a set of 18 lightweight lifting jacks and a bogie turntable for the new maintenance facility that will be used to service a fleet of 22 futuristic trams for the new Tram9 line, a 10km stretch of track connecting Paris’ south eastern suburbs to the existing tramway network.

The equipment will be based in the Orly depot, which is being constructed for project owner Île de France Mobilité and will be operated by Keolis.

The six-tonne jacks have been designed specifically to meet Keolis’ requirements and are from Mechan’s lightweight range, launched in 2018. They have a different base arrangement to account for lower lifting heights, yet they retain all of the features that make the firm’s standard jacks so popular in the rail industry.

Likewise, the eight-tonne bogie turntable is a bespoke design. It will be located strategically between two tracks and used to transfer bogies to a high-pressure cleaning room.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan’s sales manager, said: “This is our second joint project with CIM and it is a pleasure to be involved in equipping such a high-tech tramway depot.

“Our lightweight jacks are gaining popularity rapidly, as users appreciate the flexibility they offer, reinforced by our usual commitment to safety and reliability.

“The T9 order will showcase our high quality, bespoke products to a new audience in France and we look forward to seeing them in action.”

Other CIM companies are also involved in the project. Sogema Engineering (SEG) has manufactured the wheel lathe, NEU Railway the sandblasting and washing facility, while the bogie lift will come from CEFAM.

The depot’s new wheel lathe, supplied by Sogema Engineering (SEG).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

RAIB to investigate Cambridgeshire level-crossing accident

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a recent incident in which a freight train struck a farm trainer in...

Railtex/Infrarail 2021 hailed a successful return to normality

The UK’s two leading rail industry trade exhibitions, Railtex and Infrarail, combined post-COVID in a welcome return to Birmingham’s NEC between 7 and 9...

Autumn Steam Gala to welcome 4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’

GWR steam locomotive 4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’ will feature at the Severn Valley Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala following a change to the lineup, taking the...
- Advertisement -

More news

Interim ORR report on Hitachi train cracks released

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has said in an interim review that Hitachi Class 800 and 365 trains had been affected by...

Can you “bear”-lieve it?19 teddies need reuniting with their owners!

South Western Railway (SWR) is hoping to reunite children with their beloved toy bears. In the last year, a total of 19 teddies have turned...

Second phase of Network Rail’s Network Operating Strategy gets underway

Network Rail has now launched the second part of its ten-year Network Operating Strategy, also known as Net Ops 2. The strategy recommends how to...