Clyde Engineering

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Clyde Engineering
Typepublicly listed
FoundedSeptember 1898
Defunct15 July 1996
SuccessorEvans Deakin Industries (1996-2001)
Downer Rail (2001-present)
Number of locations
Eagle Farm
SubsidiariesMartin & King
Men at work in the aircraft workshop at Clyde Engineering
The senior staff of Clyde Engineering in a historic photo
3830 at the Hunter Valley Steamfest in April 2008
V/Line A class locomotive at Flinders Street station in August 2006
Queensland Rail 2470 class locomotive at Corinda in February 1998
Pacific National DL class locomotive at Two Wells in December 2007
Australian Railroad Group L class locomotive at Forrestfield in December 2012

Clyde Engineering was an Australian manufacturer of locomotives, rolling stock, and other industrial products.

It was founded in September 1898 by a syndicate of Sydney businessmen buying the Granville factory of timber merchants Hudson Brothers. The company won contracts for railway rolling stock, a sewerage system, trams and agricultural machinery. In 1907 it won its first contract for steam locomotives for the New South Wales Government Railways. By 1923 it had 2,200 employees. After contracting during the depression it became a major supplier of munitions during World War II.[1]

In 1950 it was awarded the first of many contracts for diesel locomotives by the Commonwealth Railways after it was appointed the Australian licensee for Electro-Motive Diesel products.[2] Apart from building locomotives and rolling stock, Clyde Engineering diversified into telephone and industrial electronic equipment, machine tools, domestic aluminium ware, road making and earth making equipment, hydraulic pumps, product finishing equipment, filtration systems, boilers, power stations and firing equipment, car batteries, hoists and cranes, door and curtain tracks and motor vehicle distribution.[1]

In July 1996 it was taken over by Evans Deakin Industries.[3][4][5] In March 2001 Evans Deakin was taken over by Downer Group to form Downer EDi.[6][7]


Amongst the classes of locomotives built by Clyde Engineering were:

Steam locomotives[edit]

Commonwealth Railways[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

South Australia[edit]


Diesel locomotives[edit]

Commonwealth Railways / Australian National[edit]

New South Wales[edit]



Western Australia[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

  • DA class NO's 1430–1439, Phase II variant of the class. Featured longer-than-standard chassis to accommodate a larger fuel tank than the earlier Phase I (1955) variant.
  • DBR class rebuilt from Canadian-built DB class in 1980–1982.
  • DC class rebuilt from Canadian-built Phase III DA class locomotives from 1978 to 1981.

Electric locomotives[edit]


Diesel railcars[edit]

South Australia[edit]

Electric multiple units[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Electric tramcars[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

  • 10 C-Class Granville (delivered 1899–1900)
  • D-Class Granville (1890s)
  • 70 E-Class Granville (delivered 1902–1903)
  • 260 F-Class Granville (delivered 1899–1902)
  • 195 R-Class Granville (delivered 1933–1935)
  • 55 R1-Class Granville (delivered 1935)

Other non-rail related products[edit]

  • Lawnmowers and lead batteries - 1930s
  • Servicing aircraft, naval vessels
  • Mining equipment
  • Automobile parts and accessories
  • Bulldozers
  • Bus bodies
  • Cranes
  • Structural steel (e.g. trusses for the Peats Ferry Bridge)[9]
  • Air cargo
  • Lorries
  • Filtration Systems (e.g. fume hoods, dust extractors, air filters)
  • Roller Doors
  • Materials Handling Equipment
  • Automobile Assembly Paint Lines

Manufacturing Facilities[edit]

Non rail products[edit]

  • Woodville North - Clyde Apac Industries (Air filtration systems, Lemcol materials handling systems, Selson air jacks)
  • Revesby - B&D roller door systems
  • Port Kembla - Clyde Carruthers

Because of capacity constraints, in the 1990s Clyde leased Australian National Industries' Braemar factory to fulfill its order for FreightCorp 82 class locomotives.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Clyde publishes company history". Railway Digest: 455. December 1992.
  2. ^ Downer & Electro-Motive Diesel Sign New Agreement Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDi 26 June 2012
  3. ^ "Clyde Industries door handle, 1972 - 1996". Powerhouse Museum.
  4. ^ Clyde Industries Limited
  5. ^ "EDI Wins Clyde Takeover Battle" Railway Digest September 1996 page 10
  6. ^ Evans Deakin Industries Limited
  7. ^ Annual Report 30 June 2001 Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDI
  8. ^ Stokes, Jim; Dix, Andrew (January 2008). "P1 - the TGR's 2-6-2 tank locomotive". Tasmanian Railway News. 237: 13–15.
  9. ^ "Peats Ferry Road Bridge over Hawkesbury River". Heritage and conservation register, Roads & Maritime Services. Government of New South Wales. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
  11. ^ Oberg, Leon (2007). Locomotives of Australia. Sydney: Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781877058547.
  12. ^ Carol, Jacinta. "Former Downer EDI site sells". Western Advocate. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Clyde Engineering's Brisbane (Eagle Farm) Plant Closes". Railway Digest: 16. May 1995.
  14. ^ "Clyde Set to Lease Mittagong Factory" Railway Digest June 1993 page 221

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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