Mechan to ship first order to the Americas

Photo: Mechan.
Photo: Mechan.

UK rail depot equipment specialist Mechan is preparing to ship its first order to the Americas.

Panama City Metro has ordered a set of 20 12-tonne lifting jacks, four turntables and 40 vehicle stands for a new depot in the Nuevo Tocumen area of the capital city.

The order, part of a major project to construct a second line in Panama City, has been made possible thanks to work with parent company CIM Group, which acquired Mechan in March 2017.

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CIM also has a contract with the Panama City Metro – to install and maintain 50km of track, catenary and workshop equipment.

Mechan sales manager Lindsey Mills said that the company’s international development has “accelerated dramatically” since CIM’s takeover.

She added: “The Panama project is particularly significant, as the Americas were the only remaining continents we had yet to supply. Production of the equipment is going well and we are looking forward to travelling there very soon to oversee the installation.”

Completion of the Panama City Line 2 project is expected in 2019.

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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.


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