Commonwealth Engineering

Commonwealth Engineering (often shortened to Com-Eng, later Comeng [/ˈkɒmɛn/ KOM-enj]) was an Australian engineering company that designed and built railway locomotives, rolling stock and trams.

Commonwealth Engineering
FateAcquired by ABB Transportation
Number of locations
ProductsRailway rolling stock
ParentAustralian National Industries

History edit

Smith and Waddington, the predecessor to Commonwealth Engineering, was founded in 1921, in the Sydney suburb of Camperdown, as a body builder for custom motor cars. It went bankrupt in the Depression, and was reformed as Waddingtons Body Works and the main factory was moved to Granville, after a fire in the main workshop. The Government of Australia took control of the company during World War II as the company was in serious financial difficulties but had many government orders in its books. The government purchased a controlling stake in the company in 1946 and changed the name to Commonwealth Engineering.[1]

In 1949 a factory was established in Rocklea, Queensland. This was followed in 1952 by a plant in Bassendean, Western Australia and in 1954 by another in Dandenong, Victoria. In June 1957, the government sold its shares. In November 1982 Comeng was taken over by Australian National Industries.

The Granville factory closed in 1989 and has been demolished. The site, which was situated between the Great Western Highway and Main Western railway line west of Duck River, has been replaced with new developments including high-rise housing and light industries.

In 1990, the Dandenong plant was sold to ABB (later Bombardier Transportation, now Alstom), while the Bassendean facility was sold to A Goninan & Co.

John Dunn has written a history of Comeng:

  • Volume 1, 1921 – 1955, published in 2006[1]
  • Volume 2, 1955 – 1966, published in 2008[2]
  • Volume 3, 1967 – 1977, published in 2010[3]
  • Volume 4, 1977 – 1985, published in 2013[4]
  • Volume 5, 1985 – 1990, published posthumously in November 2013[5][6]

Buses edit

Preserved former Sydney Albion Venturer in Glasgow in October 2009

Australian Capital Territory edit

New South Wales edit

Victoria edit

  • 50 AEC Regal IIIs

Western Australia edit

Leyland OPSU1/1s

Diesel locomotives edit

New South Wales XPT XP2009 at Tallarook in November 2011.

New South Wales edit

Queensland edit

  • 1 Mount Isa Mines 302 class diesel-hydraulic locomotive
  • 1 Mount Isa Mines 305 class diesel-hydraulic locomotive
  • 7 DL class locomotives for Innisfail Tramway operations

Western Australia edit

Preserved Mount Newman Mining MLW M636 diesel locomotive in April 2012

Electric locomotives edit

New South Wales edit

Queensland edit

Diesel multiple units edit

Westrail ADP/ADQ class
TransAdelaide 2000 class railcar

New South Wales edit

Queensland edit

South Australia edit

Western Australia edit

Tasmania edit

India edit

  • Diesel railcars for Indian Railways[7]

Electric multiple units edit

New South Wales V set

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Victoria edit

Comeng train in Connex livery

Carriages edit

CountryLink RUB carriage at Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot in December 2012

Commonwealth Railways edit

Long Island Rail Road edit

New South Wales edit

Queensland edit

Trams and light rail edit

Z class Melbourne tram 168 at Preston Workshops in August 2007
MTR Light Rail Phase I vehicle (pre-refurbishment)

New South Wales edit

Victoria edit

Hong Kong edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Dunn, John (2006). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 1: 1921-1955. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 1877058424.
  2. ^ Dunn, John (2008). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 2: 1955-1966. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 978-1877058738.
  3. ^ Dunn, John (2010). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 3: 1967-1977. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781877058905.
  4. ^ Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 4: 1977-1985. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781922013514.
  5. ^ Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering. Vol. 5: 1985–1990. Kenthurst, New South Wales: Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 978-1-922013-52-1.
  6. ^ "John Dunn Obituary". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ The Indian Railcar Contract Adam, Eric Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, December 1989 pp285-291

External links edit

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