Sheffield-based Mechan is exhibiting the first ever working version of its flagship lifting jacks to be seen outside a rail depot at this year’s Railtex exhibition.

The maintenance equipment specialist will be showcasing a full size, fully operational jack, complete with the firm’s patented Megalink controller, at the international trade fair in May.

Mechan’s jack will be the centrepiece on stand N10 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from May 12-14, illustrating the precision, build quality and ease of installation for which the firm’s products are renowned.

Visitors to Railtex will also be able to find out more about the European innovations supplied to the UK and Ireland by Mechan. The firm will be joined by representatives from electric shunter specialists, Zwiehoff, Blaschke exhaust extraction systems and the manufacturers of laser measuring devices, Visiona and NextSense, who will have their WheelPro and CALIPRI devices available to view.

On Wednesday May 13, Mechan sales engineer, Adam Elliot, is hosting a 20 minute seminar focusing on wheel measurement, with contributions from NextSense and Visiona. Commencing at 1.25pm in the Railtex Seminar Theatre, ‘Wheel Profile Condition Monitoring – modern methods of non-contact measurement’ will provide an introduction to the products offered by the firm and discuss their applications and abilities.

Lee Pitts, Mechan’s sales manager, said:
“Our bright yellow lifting jacks are instantly recognisable to those who work in rail depots and we are looking forward to demonstrating how our Megalink technology equips them with unrivalled synchronicity, accuracy and reliability. The sheer size of a single unit will no doubt catch the eye of anyone passing our stand at Railtex and we are really pleased to have this opportunity to bring such a large piece of equipment to an exhibition.”

Mechan’s team will be raising funds for its annual charity, Railway Children, throughout Railtex by inviting delegates to enter a prize draw in return for a contribution to the organisation, which provides protection and opportunity to children forced to leave home due to poverty, abuse or neglect.

For more information about Mechan’s wide range of rail depot maintenance products, speak to a member of its team on stand N10 during the Railtex exhibition, contact the firm on (0114) 257 0563 or visit