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Railway Stations in Perth Metropolitan Area

This series of photographs are of some of the 75(-ish) railway stations around Perth


 
Perth City Station
 
 

Perth City

The facade of Perth Station taken from Wellington Street. It is all mostly original. The train station was constructed across 1893 and 1894 and was designed by Mr George Temple-Poole. Photograph 2007

 

Perth City

Perth Station has two new platforms underground. Only opened a week ago, here is a train just about to depart for Clarkson. See this place when peak hours crowds arrive or go home and it is far too small and expanding it would cost a fortune. There are also no facilities - no toilets (go to Hungry Jacks an official told me), no Kiosk, and a mere 36 seats (compare 28 at West Leederville) for hundreds and hundreds of waiting passengers. Platform max train length is only 6 cars. 2007

 

Perth City

This is the mezzanine floor of the new station. Limited escalators lead down to the platforms. Six seats on this floor. A crush to get up to the ground or over to the main station (a single narrow escalator going up only). Don't want to sound negative as a fabulous job done with the budget but it can hardly cope with passenger numbers now - how about in 10-20 years time? 2007

 

Perth City

Looking north up the tunnel from the new Perth Underground Station. Up that way is back into the light and off to Leederville. When the London Underground was first being built around 1863, they used to dig up the streets, build the tracks/stations, then put a roof over it and fill in the hole again. Very inconvenient for road users. Henry Greathead invented the "metal tube" that let the builders work underground. The basis of this technology is still in use today. 2007

 

Perth City

Soon to be removed, here is the fine old wooden footbridge which links the main platform over to platforms 7/8 from where the Fremantle-bound trains depart. This view is looking west down the main platform. Beyond is City West etc. August 2011

 

Perth City

A glimpse inside Perth train station taken from the old bridge which links platform 5 with 6 and 7 - where the Fremantle trains leave from. Today 3 trains await commencement of their journeys. August 2011

 

Perth City

Again from the footbridge, this photo takes in some of the fine architecture of Perth train station. Pictured is the "main" platform - the one closest to Wellington Street. August 2011

 

Perth City

ABB Walker set at platform 5 of Perth station. This one would be bound for Armadale. June 2010

 

Perth City

Viewed from the iron footbridge. A Clarkson-bound train has emerged from the tunnel portal from the rail underground. Those tracks to the left are used by Fremantle trains - soon to be also in a tunnel, I believe. This is looking east - over there in the background somewhere is Perth station. August 2011

 

Perth City

Reconstruction work on Perth station has begun - the ultimate aim is the sinking of the tracks west of the station so that better access is provided between Perth City and Northbridge. In this photo, the old wooden bridge is gone and west-bound tracks have been lifted. December 2011

 

Perth City

Demolition and construction work. The platform viewed was used as a terminus for Joondalup trains prior to current works. This is looking west. December 2011

 

Perth City

Late December saw the tunnels and Perth Underground platforms being closed for a few days for maintenance. Joondalup line trains terminated on Platform 9 and departed north from Platform 7. This EDI has just arrived from Clarkson. And how easy to get a Midland train or walk over to Northbridge from here! December 2011

 

Perth City

An update on all the work that's going on at Perth Station. He's a look from the William Street Horseshoe Bridge. On the right is the main internal building facade. The Armadale trains now join up with the Fremantle line. Midland trains stop up there in the tunnel under Beaufort Street where they turn around (figuratively speaking) to return to Midland. Up there the Thornlie trains also terminate February 2013

 

Perth City

Another view of the work again from the Horseshoe Bridge overpass. A Fremantle train awaits on the main platform 5. On the left, what were Midland Platform 9 and Fremantle Platform 7 are now subterranean. A new passenger access tunnel can be viewed with the top off (but not in this picture) linking underground platforms 1 and 2 to this the old station. February 2013

 

Perth City

A look across where the Midland and Fremantle lines went - platforms 7 and 9. Work progresses in sinking the tracks. In the distance is the main station building. February 2013

 

Perth City

From the old iron footbridge this is looking east down towards Perth station. You can see the construction of the tunnels going on which will carry Fremantle rail traffic when they are completed. March 2013

 

Perth City

Another view from the old footbridge. Here you can see the tunnel portal which will lead to the main Perth platform and the line opposite. These lines will carry the Fremantle trains. March 2013

 

Perth City

A quick update. This is looking down platform 9. The Midland trains terminate here and then go back. Much work going on around here June 2013

 

Perth City

The Fremantle train in the foreground on platform 5. Beyond that is the the train waiting to travel south, only as far as Cannington today. In the background is the Midland train. June 2013

 

Perth City

A four-car ABB Walker waits on the main platform 5 to begin its journey to Fremantle. Is the new platform access tunnel underneath here somewhere? All looks almost normal. We'll see what happens in the next few months. June 2013


Armadale Line
 

Belmont Park

First stop over the Windan Bridge travelling south. Trains only stop here on race days. There is no other need. This is the southern part of the station. The old station here was known as Goodwood. It was a long, curved wooden structure with no roof and served the same purpose - for race day patrons. In those days, crossing the Swan River by rail was a single track over the wooden Bunbury Bridge. January 2012

 

Belmont Park

Looking through an upper level of one of the station entrances. In the distance the track goes on to Burswood. You can see some of the new Burswood apartments off to the right. January 2012

 

Yet Unnamed New Burswood Stadium Station

Next to the new stadium is the railway station that will service that facility. This is slightly south of the Belmont Park station. The rail lines will be re-routed through here. The existing lines are off to the left. The station is due to open in 2018. Photo - May 2016

 

Burswood

This is Burswood side on from the north. The Burswood Dome is in the background. Another station, slightly to the south of here used to be Rivervale. That went when this station was built. January 2012

 

Victoria Park

Here is a sneak preview of the new Victoria Park Station. It all looks rather grand and I see workmen in there painting and bricking & paving to make it all look good, ready for the opening. June 2008

 

Victoria Park

This is a picture taken on the old Vic Park Station looking down to the new. We're on "old" Victoria Park soon to be rubble. No great loss I suppose but it served the purpose over the years. Just up the line & around the corner used to be Lathlain Station which disappeared a few years ago. Too many stations on this part of the line as you could easily walk from one to the next. June 2008

 

Carlisle

One of the tiny stations (in terms of buildings) that feature on this line - some on the Midland & Fremantle lines too. This is Carlisle, between Victoria Park and Oats Street. January 2012

 

Oats Street

A small but busy station. Both the Armadale 'C' pattern and Thornlie 'T' pattern trains stop here. The level crossing gates seem to be down as much as they are up! January 2012

 

Welshpool

A typical small intermediate station, Welshpool featuring Wesfeeds in the background! October 2012

 

Cannington

Quite an attractive station by modern standards. The rail lines are up above. The station design gives free people access to both sides of the tracks without having to cross them. January 2012

 

Beckenham

Beckenham Station used to be called Higham. The station is in two parts on either side of the road crossing. This design would cause the boom gates to raise once the train has crossing and is paused at its platform. Keeps the traffic moving unlike at Oats Street. January 2012

 

Thornlie

Thornlie Station is at the end of a small spur line which branches off the main Armadale line just south of Beckenham then follows the southern freight line down as far as Spencer Road. The station and consequently the line was opened on August 2005. January 2012

 

Thornlie

Whoever designed Thornlie did a good job. The platforms are crisp and wide and undercover. The station also has a good kiosk for snacks, drinks, newspapers etc. January 2012

 

Gosnells

This is inside the Gosnells railway station. The whole structure looks quite impressive. Along with Armadale and Kelmscott in the area, the station has been considerably redeveloped in recent years as a modern railway complex together with its complimentary bus transfer station. Photo - May 2011

 

Seaforth

The functional Seaforth station on the Perth - Armadale line, just a few kilometers south of Gosnells station. Next stop south is Kelmscott. While we're on the subject, who can remember Stokely station which was 2 kilometers north of Gosnells? May 2011.

 

Kelmscott

The train station viewed from down line to Armadale. You can see construction works and nice heavy, rainy clouds in the background. The platform has been extended to cope with longer trains. July 2008

 

Kelmscott

The maze of pedestrian crossings across both lines and the bus lane at the southern end of the station. April 2011

 

Armadale

One of the few stations on the Perth network that probably looks better now than it did in the past. Nice design and good craftsmanship in the building. Those old railway sleepers laid out the front add a nice touch. Well done those involved. This will last 100 years! January 2012

 

Byford

A metro station yes but metro train services don't run here as the electricity finishes at Armadale. Pre-electrification, selected Armadale diesel passenger services used to come down to Byford. There is talk of extending the electric line down to here as Byford is really growing. Deja Vu for some locals? Have to build a station to accommodate the trains (again). January 2009


Fremantle Line
 

West Leederville

Second stop out of Perth en route to Fremantle is West Leederville. Tiny waiting rooms, the overhead passenger bridge has gone but the wooden bridge foundations remain (as you can see). This is an extra-long station now - it has been extended to handle 6-car EDI's ex-Mandurah line which run as Football Specials "in season". Another special Football platform exists on a branch line a couple of hundred metres west of here. January 2012

 

Subiaco

At the top (north) end of Rokeby Road, here is the train station complex. The train lines are underground. One time there was a fine old wooden train station here. The old station has been preserved and now lives proudly in Whiteman Park. I like that leaning clock tower and mirror! Jan 2008

 

Subiaco

Walking across Subiaco station, look down and you can see this tunnel portal. At the other end of this tunnel is near Daglish station (which is above ground). January 2011

 

Subiaco

When Subiaco station and lines were sunk, the old Subiaco station and signal tower were removed. However, here they are, safe and well and now living at Whiteman Park. December 2010

 

Daglish

Daglish station looks the same as it ever did with its tiled roof and wide verandahs. The ticket office window (left, where the sign is now) is bricked up and the station master gone. Still, good to see the original brickwork and building intact. This station was built in 1924. January 2012

 

Daglish

A long-time favourite landmark at Daglish station is the station name written in hedge on the east side of the station. I can personally recall this from 1966 so it goes back beyond then. I could only get the "Dag" bit in this picture. Some of the letters have not been looked after particularly well. Perhaps that was the job of the station master when there was one here? January 2012

 

Loch Street

Loch Street station looks good today. The platform was recently extended to cater for 4-car trains (as was Grant Street), so no more Fremantle 'L' pattern trains. This station is so close to Karrakatta but retaining them (and others on this line) probably saves on rail car-parking space. They could never introduce EDI 3-car sets on this line as it would be a backward step in peak hour, plus the stations could not handle the EDI 6-car sets. A conundrum for the railcar buyers! September 2009

 

Claremont

Part of the original station viewed from the platforms now in use. Claremont is one of the few metro stations to retain some of its original buildings. Preserved here also is the old wooden footbridge. Feb 2008

 

Swanbourne

One of the original 'A' class (ABB Walker) electric sets pauses at Swanbourne on its ways to Perth. This is only a 2-car set on a quiet Sunday afternoon. These units commenced operating in about 1991 between Fremantle and Midland. After 20 years, they are still going strong. January 2011

 

Cottesloe

A view south down the Cottesloe train platform. The old station has gone but the pedestrian bridge is still intact (although it was undoubtedly made of wood in years gone by). To the left of picture is just a sliver of the original platform that was used for Fremantle-bound trains. It's still there but not publicly accessible. April 2013

 

Fremantle

The facade of the Fremantle train station. This place hasn't changed a single iota in decades. The station was built in 1907 and placed on the Heritage List in 1974. Interestingly, the original Fremantle station was constructed down near Cliff Street in 1881 but moved to this site to provide a better rail service for Fremantle port. 2007

 

Fremantle

A closer view of the station inside. The archways lead from the platform to the outside of the station. A grand reflection of the prevailing architecture of the 1900's. October 2010

 

Fremantle

Here is 'The Esplanade' railway station adjacent to the Esplanade Reserve. This is on the Fremantle to Spearwood section of the line which runs beyond, all the way through to the Armadale line, and was constructed in 1906. This station, along with Success Harbour, South Beach and Spearwood, were temporarily used as passenger stops during the 1987 America's Cup challenge. Only freight trains pass through here now. Photo - May 2008

 

South Fremantle

Next to Marine Terrace and opposite the end of King William Street is the now disused Success Harbour Railway Station. The line from Fremantle to Spearwood opened in 1906. The platform is quite long but looks rather compressed in this zoomed picture. Photo - November 2015

 

South Fremantle

A look along the platform of the Success Harbour railway station. The vehicles parked on the street in the background are on Marine Parade. The only rail traffic coming though here now is the occasional train moving freight from the Fremantle Port north wharf through to Kewdale. The track along here is still dual gauge. Photo - November 2015

 

South Fremantle

At the end of South Terrace and next to South Beach is the now closed South Beach railway station. This is situated a couple of kilometres south of the Success Harbour station. Photo - November 2015


Midland Line
 

East Perth

The Whiteman Park Junction railway station - chief station of the park's light railway. This station building was originally East Perth station before the name change to Claisebrook and eventual re-location here. December 2010

 

Maylands

Part of the old train station has been preserved, and here it is, looking rather grand. Maylands station was built in 1896 and then called "15 mile siding" (15 miles from where .. probably Fremantle?). From 1897 to 1899 it was known at Falkirk. It seems uncertain how and why the name Maylands was adopted. Photo - June 2010

 

Maylands

This is the back view of the old train station, facing Whatley Crescent. The parcels office etc. Photo - June 2010

 

Meltham

Meltham train station's footbridge is a road to nowhere as presently there is obviously work going on. This station was built in 1948 to cater for a rapidly growing local population. It was a long walk to either Maylands or Bayswater station. From 1913 to 1948 only a signal box existed at the station site. Photo - June 2008

 

Bayswater

Here's Bayswater train station. About half way between Perth and Midland, and it's usually quite busy. Photo - September 2010

 

Bassendean

The west side of Bassendean station. The station was substantially redeveloped some years ago, adding all that infrastructure in the right of picture, and a bus depot on the west side of the station. Bassendean is the only station outside of Perth that has three elevators. The line in the distance is wending its way to Success Hill. Photo - December 2011

 

Bassendean

This is the northern end of the station showing part of the original station. This view is looking back south, towards Ashfield. December 2011

 

Success Hill

Success Hill train station is one station up towards Midland from Bassendean station. Some rather nice properties around these back streets. Here you can see The Prospector about 10 minutes into its journey to Kalgoorlie. July 2010

 

Guildford

A fine view of the station looking from the west end. The brickwork and roof seems to be of the same vintage and design of Daglish, however, this was build earlier - in 1898. You can see the footbridge in the background. Beyond that, up the line, is East Guildford, Woodbridge and Midland. October 2010

 

Midland

The end of this passenger line. It used to extend much further - up the hills to Mundaring etc. This platform is where the Prospector and Avon Link stop. You can board via those sheep loading guides. Off to the left is the mainline on which run intestate freighters and the Indian Pacific. December 2011

 

Midland

A two-car ABB set rests at Midland on completion of its trip up from Fremantle. After about a ten-minute break it will be on its way back to the Port. December 2011


Joondalup Line
 

Leederville

Leederville train station taken from the north. I believe the architect who designed this was inspired by a wave. And indeed it does resemble a wave. 2007

 

Glendalough

The second stop up from Perth on the Joondalup line. Glendalough station is built right over Scarborough Beach Road and therefore a popular transfer point for buses to and from Scarborough Beach. January 2012

 

Stirling

The third stop up from Perth. The rather space-age looking structure is Stirling, next to the Cedric Street freeway overpass and close to the new Ikea complex. January 2012

 

Warwick

Warwick station taken on a stormy summer afternoon. Who can tell the difference between this and Whitfords station - they are almost clones - and indeed they are both of the same design and both constructed around 1992. January 2011

 

Warwick

Part of Warwick Station viewed from the footbridge over the freeway. January 2011

 

Greenwood

This is Greenwood Station which is located between Warwick and Whitfords. The station was built some years later than those two mentioned. 2007

 

Joondalup

Probably the best located of all new suburban stations simply because the rail infrastructure went in well before the area really developed. The station is off the freeway and right next to the rapidly growing shopping complex. So here is Joondalup train station looking down on the submerged platforms. 2007

 

Clarkson

The very end of the north-south suburban rail line. It's about a 70-minutes run all-stations from Mandurah. You'd never do that in a car! At the train station - 2 trains at the platform this Saturday! 2007

 

Butler

Butler station is in advanced construction and is due to open towards the end of 2014. Here it is! The rail tracks are not yet at the station but are only 100 metres or so away. Electric cabling and pylons north of the Nowergup depot are yet to be constructed. October 2013


Mandurah Line
 

Esplanade

Travelling south from Perth, this is the first station on the Mandurah run. This is the Esplanade Station just one week after opening! Oct 20th 2007

 

Esplanade

The new Esplanade Train Station. This opened just 6 days ago so it's nice and clean and still sparkling. This is pre-opening of the Mandurah line, so trains switched back just beyond this station to go back north again. Oct 20th 2007

 

Canning Bridge

Canning Bridge train station shortly after it was opened. That other platform over there will get you to Mandurah. We're back off to Perth on the next train coming up from Mandurah. January 2008

 

Bullcreek

South over Mount Henry Bridge and the next stop is Bullcreek. The front concourse of the station - the bus zone - is much the same as others on this line but at least this one displays it's name in giant letters. January 2012

 

Bullcreek

Looking along the Bullcreek platforms from the north. Orange is the colour of the Mandurah line. January 2012

 

Murdoch

Murdoch station viewed from the car park on the south-western side. Unlike some of the other stations on this line, it is quite easy to get a good view of the complete structure. January 2012

 

Cockburn Central

Speaking of getting good views, it is almost impossible to photograph Cockburn Central unless you are on the freeway or on the bike track! This is a view along the platforms from the north. Track on the right is the up-line to Perth. January 2012

 

Rockingham

Rockingham station - why was this built so far away from town? It's actually in Cooloongup and not in Rockingham at all. Might as well have been in Baldavis then catch a plane to Rockingham. Still, quite a nice station even though it's misnamed. January 2012

 

Mandurah

Many people enjoyed the train trip from Perth on the very first day the Perth-Mandurah train line opened. This is 23 December 2007 at around 3.30pm on Mandurah Station Platform 1. So far away from town though. 2007

 

Mandurah

The end of the line. Two EDI sets take a hard-earned rest after their trips from Clarkson. January 2012


Other Lines Not Longer In Service
 

Chidlow's Well

Chidlow's Well train station by Lake Leschenaultia. The lake was specifically constructed as a watering resource for passing east-west steam locomotives. It is unlikely that this station is "original" however the line certainly passed by here so its inclusion on this page is worthy. Looks nice anyway! December 2011

 

Darlington

Here is another station on the old Midland-Mundaring line that has survived. The line was actually split between Midland and Mundaring. The northern branch went through the Swan View Tunnel, Parkerville etc whilst the southern branch took in Bellevue, Darlington, Glen Forest etc. May 2011

 

Hovea

In the John Forrest National Park. There were several train stations along this line, amongst which was National Park Station. This is all that remains of the station. The station was built in 1936 and provided an alternative to Hovea Station for National Park visitors. This is part of the old line, Midland to the east. October 2010

 

Kalamunda

This station is in the Kalamunda Historic Village. In the old days trains ran up here. They got up the hills via the Zig-Zag. Here is part of the old Kalamunda train station. The line opened in 1891 to carry Canning Mills timber to Fremantle. It closed in 1949. July 2008

 

Mundaring

Just down from the old Station Master's House is the railway easement and in this picture is a replica signal box in which the kids can play, plus a few well-kept railway signals. This photo takes on part of the old railway platform, and a line of railway sleepers set in concrete. To the right is a small amphitheatre. You can see part of the first three tiers. May 2011

 

Swan View

Just off Curve Road is this replica Swan View train station. On the same site as the original, it was completed in 1996 as a project between local, state and commonwealth governments. May 2011

 

Swan View

Another photo of another section of the Swan View train station. This line left Midland, went through here, through the tunnel, through John Forrest, Parkerville, Mt Helena, Chidlow and on out to the east. The line closed in the 1960's. May 2011


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