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Author: John Dunn

ISBN: 9781922013521
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1 October 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 21.0 x 2.2
This is the final volume of a monumental work documenting the history of the Australian company Commonwealth Engineering ("Comeng"). The book takes up the account of Comeng's history from 1985 and carries the story through to 1990 - and then on into the post-Comeng era at Dandenong of ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), Adtranz, and Bombardier. In 1985, under the most difficult of circumstances, the Dandenong plant in Victoria won a contract for new light rail vehicles for Hong Kong - their first export order. Though this potentially opened the door for further export work for Comeng in Southeast Asia, the directors were unprepared to follow up such opportunities. By 1986, railway rolling stock contracts were drying up in Australia and the Comeng management was looking for other opportunities overseas. Bids were made on a score of fronts, though without any success. There was a ray of hope when an inquiry came from the US for Comeng to tender on new commuter trains for the Long Island Rail Road in New York. It was seen as potentially opening the door to a huge US market in New York, New Haven, Boston, Chicago, and elsewhere. The project was pursued with vigor, and Comeng became the preferred ...

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