Bombardier

Bombardier

Back in 2004 Bombardier (East Ham Depot) purchased some new trains from Siemens.

They encountered a problem with the gearboxes on the new trains which needed to be rectified before they could be put into service. The trains were to be used by C2C in four car sets. Timing was of the essence because they needed to lift the four sets in one lift. This meant using 16 Jacks in unison to lift a combined weight of 168 tonnes

Bombardier had sufficient Jacks at their Derby depot but as they were all 10 ton SWL some required up rating to 11 tonnes. This was to cater for the extra weight at one end of each carriage where the engine/gearbox is located.

The 16 Jacks were brought back to Matterson’s at Rochdale - 8 of the 16 Jacks were up rated to 11 tonnes and all the Jacks modified to suit a new 16 way console. This gave a 16 Jack synchronised lift. The four Carriage synchronised lift of 168 tonnes was a success and the repairs could be carried out in one hit.