Union Carriage & Wagon

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Union Carriage & Wagon
Industry Rail transport
Founded 1957
Founder Commonwealth Engineering
Headquarters Nigel, South Africa
Products Rolling stock
Parent Commuter Transport Engineering
Website www.ucw.co.za

Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW) is a rolling stock manufacturer in South Africa.


Taiwan Railways Administration Type E100 locomotive

Union Carriage & Wagon was established in 1957. Initial shareholders were Commonwealth Engineering (51%), Budd Company (25%) and Leyland Motors (12%). By 1965, Budd and Metro Cammell Weymann held a combined 41% shareholding which they sold to Anglo American plc and General Mining. In December 1969, Commonwealth Engineering reduced its shareholding to 42% with the other two shareholders each owning 29%.[1][2]

In 1964, UCW delivered its first electrical locomotives to the South African Railways, the South African Class 5E1, Series 2.[3] The Class 5E1 was also the first electrical locomotive to be produced in quantity in South Africa.[4] In 1976, UCW received its first Asian order for twenty Type E100 electric locomotives for Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), based on a GEC design. In addition, the TRA E1000 push-pull trainsets were also manufactured jointly by UCW, Tang Eng Iron Works of Taiwan and Hyundai Rotem of South Korea.[5]

In 1974, UCW entered the international market with orders from Angola and Zambia.[citation needed]

Rolling stock for Gautrain is assembled at the UCW plant in Nigel under a partnership agreement between Bombardier Transportation and UCW.[6][7][8]

In 1989, Commonwealth Engineering sold its shareholding to Malbak Limited.[9] In October 1996, the business was sold to Murray & Roberts.[9][10] In February 2013, UCW was purchased by Commuter Transport Engineering.[11]

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  1. ^ Dunn, John (2008). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 2 1955-1966. Dural: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 188–209. ISBN 1877058424. 
  2. ^ Dunn, John (2010). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 3 1966-1977. Dural: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 92–106. ISBN 1877058734. 
  3. ^ Histoty Union Carriage & Wagon
  4. ^ South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
  5. ^ 台灣鐵路火車百科:台鐵、高鐵、捷運(第三版),蘇照旭 著,人人出版2014年2月出版(ISBN 9789865903404
  6. ^ "assembly process at Union Carriage and Wagon Partnership". Gautrain. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Renewed hope for jobs in Nigel as Union Carriage and Wagon Partnership (UCWP) starts assembling Gautrain vehicles". 10 September 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Radebe, Jeff (11 September 2009). "Address at the Union Carriage and Wagon Partnership's (UCWP's) 10M4 launch". Department of Transport. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 5 1985-2012. Dural: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 13–15, 203–219. ISBN 9781922013521. 
  10. ^ UCW Murray & Roberts
  11. ^ South Africa's CTE acquires Union Carriage & Wagon International Railway Journal 4 February 2013

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