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Commonwealth Engineering
Commonwealth Engineering
was an Australian engineering company that designed and built railway locomotives, rolling stock and trams.


1 History 2 Products 3 Buses

3.1 Australian Capital Territory 3.2 New South Wales 3.3 Victoria 3.4 Western Australia

4 Diesel locomotives

4.1 New South Wales 4.2 Western Australia

5 Electric locomotives

5.1 New South Wales

6 Diesel multiple units

6.1 New South Wales 6.2 Queensland 6.3 South Australia 6.4 Western Australia 6.5 Tasmania 6.6 India

7 Electric multiple units

7.1 New South Wales 7.2 Victoria

8 Carriages

8.1 Commonwealth Railways 8.2 Long Island Rail Road 8.3 New South Wales 8.4 Queensland

9 Trams

9.1 New South Wales 9.2 Victoria 9.3 Hong Kong

10 References 11 External links


Preserved former Sydney
Albion Venturer in Glasgow
in October 2009

Preserved Mount Newman Mining MLW M636 diesel locomotive in April 2012

8606 at Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum
Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum
in March 2011

2000 class railcar
2000 class railcar
at Woodlands Park in April 2007

Westrail's The Australind at Claisebrook in April 2002

CityRail V set at Central in December 2007

Connex Melbourne
Connex Melbourne
Comeng in December 2005

RUB carriage at Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
in December 2012

Z class Melbourne tram
Z class Melbourne tram
168 at Preston Workshops
Preston Workshops
in August 2007

Hong Kong Light Rail
Hong Kong Light Rail
Phase I LRV in February 2009

Commonwealth Engineering
Commonwealth Engineering
was founded in 1921 as Smith & Waddington, in the Sydney
suburb of Camperdown building bodies for motorcars and buses.[1] It was reformed after the Depression as Waddingtons Body Works and moved to Granville. The Government of Australia took control of the company during World War II
World War II
to produce materials in the Granville factory. The government purchased a controlling stake in the company in 1946 and changed the name to Commonwealth Engineering. In 1949 a factory was established in Rocklea, Queensland. This was followed in 1952 a plant in Bassendean, Western Australia
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 sat between the Great Western Highway
Great Western Highway
and Main Western railway line west of Duck River, has been replaced with new developments that include high rise housing and light industry. The Dandenong plant was sold in 1990 to ABB Transportation and is now operated by Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation
while the Bassendean facility was sold to A Goninan & Co. The history of Comeng has been published by John Dunn:

Volume 1, 1921 – 1955 published in 2006[2] Volume 2, 1955 – 1966 published in 2008[3] Volume 3, 1967 – 1977 published in 2010[4] Volume 4, 1977 – 1985 published in 2013[5] Volume 5, 1985 – 1990 published posthumously in November 2013[6][7]

Products[edit] Commonwealth Engineering's products included: Buses[edit] Australian Capital Territory[edit]

60 Canberra Bus Service AEC Reliance
AEC Reliance
470s 30 Canberra Bus Service AEC Swift
AEC Swift

New South Wales[edit]

50 Leyland OPSU1/1s 50 AEC Regal IVs


50 AEC Regal IIIs

Western Australia[edit]

Leyland OPSU1/1s

Diesel locomotives[edit] New South Wales[edit]

8 BHP Port Kembla D1 class diesel locomotives 6 442 class diesel locomotives 10 70 class diesel hydraulic locomotives 50 80 class diesel electric locomotives 15 XPT power cars

Western Australia[edit]

11 Westrail
N class diesel locomotives Alco 636 M636 diesel locomotives for Hamersley Iron 21 Alco 636 diesel locomotives for Mount Newman Mining 12 Alco 636 diesel locomotives for Robe River Mining

Electric locomotives[edit] New South Wales[edit]

10 85 class electric locomotive 50 86 class electric locomotive

Diesel multiple units[edit] New South Wales[edit]

5 1100 class Budd railcars


24 1800 class railcars 2 1900 class railcars 52 2000 class railcars

South Australia[edit]

30 2000 class Adelaide suburban diesel railcars 20 3000 class Adelaide suburban diesel railcars

Western Australia[edit]

10 West Australian ADK diesel multiple units 8 West Australian Prospector diesel railcars 5 West Australian Australind diesel railcars


6 Tasmanian Government Railways DP class
Tasmanian Government Railways DP class


Diesel railcars for Indian Railways[8]

Electric multiple units[edit] New South Wales[edit]

80 Sputnik Sydney
suburban carriages 80 U set Intercity carriages 359 S set Sydney
suburban carriages 246 V set Intercity carriages 11 Skitube Alpine Railway
Skitube Alpine Railway
electric carriages


570 Comeng Melbourne suburban carriages

Carriages[edit] Commonwealth Railways[edit]

24 carbon steel carriages 124 stainless steel carriages

Long Island Rail Road[edit]

10 C1 bilevel cars (design only; built by Tokyu Car Corporation)

New South Wales[edit]

35 N type carriages 67 RUB carriages 75 stainless steel carriages 47 XPT carriages


99 steel carriages 35 stainless steel carriages

Trams[edit] New South Wales[edit]

100 R1 class Sydney


230 Z class Melbourne trams 70 A class Melbourne trams 132 B class Melbourne trams

Hong Kong[edit]

70 MTR Phase I Light Rail Vehicles 1988


^ History of Prewar and War Single Deck Vehicles DGT Archives ^ Dunn, John (2006). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 1: 1921-1955. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 1877058424.  ^ Dunn, John (2008). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 2: 1955-1966. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 1877058734.  ^ Dunn, John (2010). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 3: 1967-1977. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781877058905.  ^ Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A history of Commonwealth Engineering: Volume 4: 1977-1985. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781922013514.  ^ Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering. Volume 5: 1985–1990. Kenthurst, New South Wales: Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 978-1-922013-52-1.  ^ "John Dunn Obituary". Sydney
Morning Herald. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.  ^ The Indian Railcar Contract Adam, Eric Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, December 1989 pp285-291

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