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Hawker Siddeley Canada was the Canadian unit of the Hawker Siddeley Group of the United Kingdommarker and manufactured railcars, subway cars, streetcars and aircraft engines from the 1960s to 1980s.


Founded in 1962 as the Canadianmarker division of Britishmarker Hawker Siddeley Group, the company assumed the assets of the A.V. Roe Canada Company Ltd..

Hawker Siddeley Canada focused on manufacturing heavy rail cars (hopper and tank cars) and transit vehicles (subway cars, intercity railcars and streetcars). Major clients included:

Hawker Siddeley Canada headquarters was in Mississaugamarker, Ontariomarker. Its formation in 1962 saw the company acquire control of several A.V. Roe Canada subsidiaries including the Canadian Car and Foundry as well as the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation (DOSCO) conglomerate, which included various steel mills, coal mines and manufacturing plants. Consequently, Hawker Siddeley had two primary railcar manufacturing plants:

Hawker Siddeley forced its DOSCO subsidiary to close money-losing coal mines and steel mills, subsequently expropriated by the federal and Nova Scotia governments (see: Cape Breton Development Corporation and Sydney Steel Corporation). Likewise, CC&F was forced to shed various assets.

Hawker Siddeley Canada's operations were then acquired by Kingstonmarker-based UTDC (later sold to Bombardier Transportation of Montréalmarker, Québecmarker). SNC-Lavalin purchased the railcar business but mothballed the TrentonWorks plant, which was later acquired by the Government of Nova Scotia and sold to Greenbrier. SNC-Lavalin sold the Thunder Bay plant to Bombardier Transportation and the Hawker Siddeley Canada name was ultimately dissolved in 2001.


A list of products made by Hawker Siddeley Canada:Transit

AviationHawker-Siddeley Canada also manufactured aircraft engines for Avro Canada and other aircraft manufacturers:


Hawker also made hopper and tanker cars of various railways in North American in the 1970s and 1980s:
  • Cylindrical Hopper Car
  • Cylindrical Grain Hopper Car - Government of Canada
  • Covered Hopper Car
  • Sodium Hydroxide Tank Car - Procor Limited
  • Tank Car - Procor Limited
  • LPG Tank Car - Procor Limited
  • Chlorine Tank Car - Procor Limited

See also


  • Molson, Ken M. and Taylor, Harold A. Canadian Aircraft Since 1909. Stittsville, Ontario: Canada's Wings, Inc., 1982. ISBN 0-920002-11-0.

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