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Clyde Engineering

Clyde Engineering
publicly listed
Traded as ASX: CLY
Industry Engineering
Successor Evans Deakin Industries
Founded 1898
Defunct 15 July 1996
Headquarters North Sydney
Number of locations
Eagle Farm
Subsidiaries Martin & 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 licencee 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

Commonwealth Railways

New South Wales

South Australia

Diesel locomotives

Commonwealth Railways / Australian National

New South Wales



Western Australia


New Zealand

  • 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 1980-82.
  • DC class rebuilt from Canadian-built Phase III DA class locomotives from 1978 to 1981.

Electric locomotives


Diesel railcars

South Australia

Electric multiple units

New South Wales

Other non rail related products

  • 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[8]
  • Air cargo
  • Lorries

Manufacturing Facilities

Because of capacity constraints, in the 1990s Clyde leased Australian National Industries' Braemar factory to fulfill its order for FreightCorp 82 class locomotives.[13]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Downer & Electro-Motive Diesel Sign New Agreement Downer EDi 26 June 2012
  3. ^
  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 Downer EDI
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Clyde Set to Lease Mittagong Factory" Railway Digest June 1993 page 221

Further reading

  • A History of Clyde Engineering

External links

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