This third volume of the history of Australia's Commonwealth Engineering (Comeng) picks up where the second volume left off. Contents include: * design and construction of the Indian Pacific trains, coinciding with the first standard gauge passenger train services from Sydney to Perth * takeover of a rival firm, which allowed Comeng to enter the lucrative and very successful business of building Alco-powered, diesel-electric locomotives for the iron ore mines in Australia's northwest * development of the interurban double-deck trains, which were the first such double-deck, air conditioned, electric multiple units in the world * a new factory that specializes in the construction of freight rolling stock * the Union Carriage & Wagon plant, which grew at an unprecedented rate, turning out multiple types of passenger trains, freight wagons, electric and diesel-electric locomotives, as well as the world-famous luxury express, The Blue Train * production of a large numbers of aluminum wagons to service the expanding coal mines in Queensland * design and construction of the 150 kph Prospector railcars, Australia's fastest train in those days * production of a new generation of tramcars for the Melbourne system * design and supply of specialized track maintenance machines for use by all the Australian railway systems * continued manufacturing of buses and other road transport vehicles * curtain walling for the high rise buildings around Australia * earth moving and mining machines, industrial ovens and fans, and other similar equipment.
'Company histories tend not to have sparkling reputations, veering as they do from uncritical panegyrics to turgid chronicles. But not this book! A fresh Australian breeze blows the conventional cobwebs away and, in the plain and direct language much favoured by folk down under, a fascinating saga unfolds before the reader.' - R.A.S. Hennssey, SLS Journal February 2011