Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,654 pages of information and 235,472 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

ABB Transportation

From Graces Guide

1989 BREL was formed by the purchase of British Rail Engineering's workshops by the Swiss-Swedish conglomerate ABB 40%, Trafalgar House 40% and a MEBO (Management-Employee Buy-Out) of 20%.

It was latterly bought out by ABB to form ABB Transportation Ltd.

ABB Transportation was itself subsequently merged with Daimler-Benz to form ADtranz (ABB-Daimler Benz Transportation)

2001 ADtranz was bought by the Canadian conglomerate, Bombardier.

The privatisation of British Rail caused a hiatus in the ordering of new rolling stock, which ultimately led to the demise of the York works. Following the closure of the Metro-Cammell (then Alstom) plant in Birmingham in 2005, only the former BREL facility in Derby remained as a major manufacturer of rolling stock in the United Kingdom from BR days.

2021 Alstom acquired Bombardier Transportation

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