Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia

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Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia
Industry Railway operator
Founded November 1998
Headquarters Millers Point
Key people
Ian Gibbs (CEO)
Parent Chicago Freight Car Leasing Company (51%)
Marubeni Corporation (49%)

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA) is a locomotive and rolling stock leasing company in Australia. Established in 1998, it owns 98 locomotives and 1,600 wagons.


4471 in Melbourne in November 2005
EL class locomotives in January 2007
S311 leading CFCLA grain hoppers on an El Zorro operated train near Meredith in January 2008

CFCLA is a subsidiary of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Company. Although primarily based in New South Wales and Victoria its fleet has operated in all states and territories to most train operating companies. It has rolling stock on both long term lease to operators as well as available for spot hire.

The first locomotives acquired were 13 members of the EL class from Australian National in November 1998.[1][2]

In March 2009 the Marubeni Corporation purchased a 49% stake in CFCLA.[3] In September 2010 it signed a 10 year lease for the use of Goulburn Railway Workshops as its primary maintenance centre.[4][5]

In November 2012 CFCLA unveiled its first intrastructure train in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.[6]


The CFCLA diesel locomotive fleet is made up of a variety of different classes of units, ranging from modern high power units to older mainline locomotives, and smaller branch line and shunting units.[7]

The CFCLA fleet also comprises 1,600 freight wagons.[8] CFCLA wagons have four-character identification codes starting with the letter C.[9]

Locomotive names[edit]

Many of the newer and powerful locomotives are named after famous Australian race horses, such as:[7]

G512 Peter Pan

EL58 Kingston Rule

CF4412 Black Caviar


  1. ^ Leon Oberg (2007). Locomotives of Australia: 1850s - 2007. Rosenberg Publishing. p. page9. ISBN 1-877058-54-8. 
  2. ^ "ELs Sold to US Bidder" Railway Digest December 1998 page 12
  3. ^ Joint Venture CFCLA
  4. ^ Bright Future for Goulburn Railway Workshops CFCLA 2 September 2010
  5. ^ "Born in Chicago" Railway Digest November 2012 page 34
  6. ^ Trainsets 2013-2014 Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia
  7. ^ a b Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia
  8. ^ Who we are CFCLA
  9. ^ Wagons CFCLA

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