A report on Downer Group

Integrated services company active in Australia and New Zealand.

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Downer Rail

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Pacific National GT42CU AC at Maryborough factory in November 2004
Sydney Trains A set.
Transperth B series train at McIver in February 2010
Yarra Trams B-class Melbourne tram in Melbourne

Downer Rail is a business unit within the Downer Group.

Walkers Limited

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Australian engineering company, based in Maryborough, Queensland.

Australian engineering company, based in Maryborough, Queensland.

in 1941
Former Royal Australian Navy on Port Jackson in October 2013
"Mary Ann", the first steam locomotive built in Queensland, built by John Walker & Co, circa 1875
Preserved Queensland BB18¼ class at Enoggera in April 2009
Preserved Emu Bay Railway 10 class on the Zig Zag Railway in July 2011
State Rail Authority 73 class at Grafton station in January 1986
A former Kuala Lumpur Metro rolling stock of Adtranz-Walkers EMU

It was included in the purchase of Evans Deakin by Downer Group in March 2001 and today the Maryborough factory continues to operate as part of Downer Rail.

Evans Deakin and Company

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Australian engineering company and shipbuilder.

Australian engineering company and shipbuilder.

Daniel Evans and Arthur Deakin at an EDCO (Evans Deakin and Company) picnic at Lone Pine, 1930
in 1944, built at the Evans Deakin shipyards in 1941
Apartments and marina, Dockside, Kangaroo Point, 2014

In March 2001 EDI was acquired by Downer & Company, with the resulting merger being renamed Downer EDI.

CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles

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Chinese rolling stock manufacturer and a division of the CRRC.

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer and a division of the CRRC.

In November 2016, CRRC won Melbourne suburban train contract for Evolution Rail as Public Private Partnership with Downer Group, Plenary Group.

Clyde Engineering

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Australian manufacturer of locomotives, rolling stock, and other industrial products.

Australian manufacturer of locomotives, rolling stock, and other industrial products.

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
State Transport Authority 3000 class railcar at Goodwood station in May 2005

In March 2001 Evans Deakin was taken over by Downer Group to form Downer EDi.

B9 at Carlton station

Sydney Trains A & B sets

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The Sydney Trains A & B sets, also referred to as the Waratah trains, are classes of electric multiple units that currently operate on the Sydney Trains network.

The Sydney Trains A & B sets, also referred to as the Waratah trains, are classes of electric multiple units that currently operate on the Sydney Trains network.

B9 at Carlton station
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B2 (left) and A76 (right) at Revesby station
A4 at Ashfield station
B3 departing
The train's guards' compartment is located in the last driving carriage
The inter-carriage doors feature a new mechanism for opening during an emergency, in response to Justice McInerney's Report into the Waterfall rail accident recommending the development of alternative emergency exits for passengers

The $1.7 billion contract was awarded to Downer EDI (now Downer Group).

A & G Price, Thames, early 1900s
photograph by William A Price

A & G Price

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Engineering firm and locomotive manufacturer in Thames, New Zealand founded in 1868.

Engineering firm and locomotive manufacturer in Thames, New Zealand founded in 1868.

A & G Price, Thames, early 1900s
photograph by William A Price
Price 16-wheeler
1951 built 2ft gauge Da type locomotive

Cable bought Downer & Co in 1954 and in 1964 William Cable Holdings was renamed Cable, Price, Downer Limited.

Arnold Downer

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Arnold Fielder Downer (4 February 1895 – 16 July 1984) was a New Zealand civil engineer, construction contractor and company director who founded the Downer Group in 1933.

E W Mills' warehouses built 1897 on Jervois Quay corner of Hunter Street and Victoria Street circa 1940

William Cable & Company

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Heavy engineering business in Kaiwharawhara, Wellington, New Zealand established as the Lion Foundry in 1856 by Edward William Mills.

Heavy engineering business in Kaiwharawhara, Wellington, New Zealand established as the Lion Foundry in 1856 by Edward William Mills.

E W Mills' warehouses built 1897 on Jervois Quay corner of Hunter Street and Victoria Street circa 1940

The merchandising interests of Cable's and its foundry were merged with A & G Price in 1951 and Cable Price Corporation was incorporated.

Remutaka Tunnel

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Railway tunnel through New Zealand's Remutaka Range, between Maymorn, near Upper Hutt, and Featherston, on the Wairarapa Line.

Railway tunnel through New Zealand's Remutaka Range, between Maymorn, near Upper Hutt, and Featherston, on the Wairarapa Line.

A contract for completing the tunnel was let to a consortium of Morrison-Knudsen and Downer (MKD) on 7 May 1951.