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Bespoke bogie drop

06 July 2021

MECHAN HAS installed a bespoke bogie drop as part of the large scale development of Norwich’s Crown Point rail depot.

The depot equipment specialists have designed and built the custom-made unit, which enables bogies to be changed without decoupling trains, saving valuable servicing time.

The bogie drop will be used to remove underframe equipment, including bogies, wheelsets, transformers and cooling units from the new Stadler and Bombardier trains, introduced on Greater Anglia’s intercity and Stanstead express services last year. 

Mechan has worked closely with main contractor, Taylor Woodrow, to enable the depot to remain operational.

The Crown Point bogie drop is a self-contained unit that enables bogies to be changed at track level, whilst allowing traffic to move freely when it is not in use. It has a roll over capacity of 75 tonnes and incorporates mini jacks that act as car body supports. Depot operator Abellio also specified automatic wheel stops and interlocked access gates as additional safety features, which Mechan designed into the unit, drawing on past experience.

For more information, visit www.mechan.co.uk

 
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