Downer Rail

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PredecessorEvans Deakin Industries
FoundedMarch 2001
Number of locations
ProductsRailway rolling stock
ServicesRail Infrastructure management
Railway locomotive leasing
Revenue$1.336 billion (June 2013)
ParentDowner Group
SubsidiariesKeolis Downer (49%)
Locomotive Demand Power

Downer Rail is a business unit within the Downer Group. As well as manufacturing and maintaining railway rolling stock it holds maintenance contracts to maintain rail infrastructure. 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

The EDI Rail division was formed in March 2001 following the merger of Evans Deakin Industries and Downer Group to form Downer EDi. In July 2007 the division was renamed Downer Rail and in 2018 it merged with Downer's Infrastructure Services division to form Transport and Infrastructure.[1]. [2]

The history of Downer Rail began in 1867 when Walkers Limited opened a branch in Maryborough [3]. In 1980 Walkers Limited was sold to Evans Deakin Industries and included in the merger with 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 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.[4] In July 2014, Keolis Downer commenced operating the G:link light rail line on the Gold Coast.[5]

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.[6]


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[7] 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.[8][9]

Diesel Locomotives[edit]

Electric Multiple Units[edit]

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.[10]

Light rail[edit]

Infrastructure projects[edit]

Maintenance contracts[edit]


  1. ^ Downer EDI launches new company names and branding approach Downer EDi 2 July 2007
  2. ^
  3. ^ West, AM (1994). Made in Maryborough. Brisbane: Australian Railway Historical Society, Queensland Division.
  4. ^ Melbourne tram and train operators selected Railway Gazette International 25 June 2009
  5. ^ GoldlinQ selected to build Gold Coast light rail Railway Gazette International 6 May 2011
  6. ^ Operator ATE Sold Australasian Bus & Coach 11 March 2015
  7. ^ Downer and Electro-Motive Diesel Sign New Agreement Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDi 26 June 2012
  8. ^ Manufacturers EMD Export Page
  9. ^ BHP Iron Ore Road Locomotive Roster Index Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Pilbara Railway Pages
  10. ^ Downer EDI secures $45 million locomotives deal with QR Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDi 11 December 2008
  11. ^ New train, tram operators for Melbourne The Age 25 June 2009
  12. ^ Keolis consortium selected for Gold Coast Light Rail in Australia Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Keolis May 2011
  13. ^ Downer wins NSW rail contract despite Waratah debacle ABC News 22 January 2013
  14. ^ Rail infrastructure construction and maintenance Vic and NSW Interstate Network Downer Rail
  15. ^ Leigh Creek Line Alliance Maintenance Flinders Power Pty Ltd (1999-2017)[permanent dead link] Downer Rail
  16. ^ Downer Bombardier Secures Maintenance Contract with Western Australia's Public Transport Authority Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDi 25 July 2011
  17. ^ Downer EDI and Pacific National sign billion dollar rail deal ABC News 3 February 2015
  18. ^ Downer signs Locomotive Maintenance Agreement with Pacific National Downer Group 4 February 2015
  19. ^ O'Sullivan, Matt (1 December 2016). "$1.7 billion in new Waratah trains for Sydney commuter network". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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