Downer Rail

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Industry Engineering
Predecessor Evans Deakin Industries
Founded March 2001
Headquarters North Ryde
Number of locations
Products Railway rolling stock
Services Rail Infrastructure management
Railway locomotive leasing
Revenue $1.336 billion (June 2013)
Parent Downer Group
Subsidiaries Keolis Downer (49%)
Locomotive Demand Power

Downer Rail is an Australian railway engineering company. As well as manufacturing and maintaining railway rolling stock it holds maintenance contracts to maintain rail infrastructure. It is a subsidiary of Downer Group. The head office is located in North Ryde.


Pacific National GT42CU AC at Maryborough factory in November 2004
Transperth B series train at McIver in February 2010

EDi Rail was formed in March 2001 following the purchase of Evans Deakin Industries by Downer Group to form Downer EDi. Evans Deakin operated the former Clyde Engineering plants at Kelso and Somerton and Walkers Limited, Maryborough plant. It had recently reopened the former Cardiff Locomotive Workshops to build CityRail M sets. In July 2007 it was renamed Downer Rail.[1]

In 2008 Locomotive Demand Power was established as a subsidiary to lease locomotives. In November 2009 Downer Rail became a tram operator through its 49% shareholding in Keolis Downer that operates the Yarra Trams franchise in Melbourne.[2] In July 2014, Keolis Downer commenced operating the G:link light rail line on the Gold Coast.[3]

In March 2015, Keolis Downer purchased bus operator Australian Transit Enterprises which operates the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[4]


Downer Rail has manufactured items of rolling stock at its factories in Cardiff, Somerton, Maryborough and Port Augusta. As the ex-licence holder for Electro-Motive Diesel products[5] it has also been involved in the procurement and maintenance of over 150 American built EMD SD70 series locomotives for BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group's Pilbara operations.[6][7]

Diesel Locomotives[edit]

Electric Multiple Units[edit]

+ in build as at September 2016

Tilt Trains[edit]


Locomotive leasing[edit]

  • Locomotive Demand Power is a subsidiary offering locomotives for lease. As at January 2014 thirteen standard gauge GT46s and six narrow gauge GT42s had been built at Cardiff and Maryborough respectively with nine of the former leased to Aurizon.[8]

Light rail[edit]

Infrastructure projects[edit]

Maintenance contracts[edit]


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