Mechan Plays Supporting Role in BBC Rail Series

30th January 2012

Visitors to Sheffield-based Mechan's website have increased dramatically, following a surprise national television debut for the heavy lifting specialists.

Numerous eagle-eyed rail enthusiasts spotted Mechan's jacks in BBC2's Great British Railway Journeys two weeks ago and have been visiting the firm's website to find out more. As part of his excursion from Winchester to the Isle of Wight, presenter, Michael Portillo, took a tour of the Eastleigh works, whilst Mechan's jacks were being used to lift a modern train. The works, which is located between Southampton and Portsmouth, has been manufacturing, refurbishing and servicing rail cars and locomotives since the 19th century and boasts an historic mix of old and new equipment. Richard Carr, Mechan's managing director, said: We were absolutely thrilled to see our jacks featuring so prominently in this popular BBC documentary. Mechan plays an integral role in the continued preservation of Britain's rolling stock, but usually in a 'behind the scenes' capacity. It is amazing how many people recognised our brand and are visiting our website to find out more about the range of depot maintenance products we supply. Jacks made by Mechan featured approximately 12 minutes into the episode of Great British Railway Journeys, first aired on BBC2 on January 11 at 6.30pm. It is available to view on the BBC's iPlayer until the end of the month. Mechan designs and manufactures specialist heavy-lifting, handling and control equipment for the maintenance of trains. Its products are used in workshops and depots across the world by some of the transport industry's most high profile companies, including Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom and Network Rail. For further information telephone (0114) 257 0563 or visit    

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