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Railway Locomotives in Western Australia

Construction of railways commenced in W.A. in 1871 and in the ensuing decades expanded across the southern part of the state. In those days all locomotives were steam driven. Many were manufactured in England until the Midland Railways Workshops opened in 1904. Diesel locomotives appeared in the mid 1950's which eventually displaced all steam engines. In the Perth area, commencement of electrification of the suburban lines occurred in the late 1980's


 
 
 

Albany

CBH 014 sits at Albany station complete with a long train of grain wagons. This looks like it hasn't moved for quite some time. Perhaps it's being stored here until needed after the next harvest? Photo - October 2014

 

Bassendean

Dd592 at Bassendean. Amongst other places, these used to shunt around the Swan Portland Cement works in Rivervale and also haul metro passenger trains. 2007

 

Bassendean

Fs460 at Bassendean. This may have worked at Bunbury in the 1960's. 2007

 

Bassendean

X1001 "Yalagonga". This (and the other 47 of them of this class) were built in England. This one ran from 1954 to 1983. Some were modified to become XA or XB class. 2007

 

Bassendean

XA1405 seems to be a new addition to the museum and looks fantastic. A cousin of X1001 sitting towards the back of the yard. The name plate is missing at present but it was called Warienga. September 2012

 

Bassendean

Es308 in the shed at the train museum. It was built in England and entered service in 1903 and ran until 1963. Originally in service hauling passenger trains between Perth and Kalgoorlie. September 2011

 

Bassendean

S549 "Mountain Class" Greenmount undergoing maintenance. This is one of ten 'S' class locos, all named after W.A. "mountains". Greenmount, Bakewell, Dale, Bruce, Brockman and Lindsay all serviced Bunbury in the 1960's and I saw them. The four others -  Hallowell, Egerton, Gardner and Hardie - must have been based elsewhere as they were not seen around Bunbury by me. September 2011

 

Bassendean

C1 "Katie". Built in Newcastle-On-Tyne in 1880 and arrived in W.A. in 1881 for use on the Midland-Guildford railway. Retired in 1940 and restored by W.A.G.R. in 1959. It was on display at the Claremont Showgrounds until 1970 after which transferred to Bassendean. September 2011

 

Bassendean

"Kia-Ora". Built in 1884, Philadelphia USA. Worked in wood milling until 1909, then for Carnarvon Coastal Tramway. Transferred to Bunbury in 1947 and then on to Roelands Quarry in 1955. Retired in 1962. September 2011

 

Bassendean

O218. Superseded by the W class in the 1950's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

P508. Superseded the E class locomotive during the 1920/1930's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

PM701. Superseded the E class locomotive during the 1920/1930's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

PR521. Superseded the E class locomotive during the 1920/1930's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

RA1918 Westrail all-purpose diesel locomotive. Bogies are away being repaired I assume, as they still are 12 months later (Sept 2012). September 2011

 

Bassendean

SAR-Y71. South Australian Railways. September 2012

 

Bassendean

U655. Not known where these worked. Not sighted at Bunbury depot in the 1960's/1970's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

UT664. Not known where these worked. Not sighted at Bunbury depot in the 1960's/1970's. September 2011

 

Bassendean

V1220. The largest of the steam locomotives to run in Western Australia. September 2011

 

Bassendean

W953. One of sixty W class locos. Build in England. Operated from 1952 to 1971. Condemned in 1972 but restored by Bassendean Rail Museum later in 1972. One of 15 of which have been preserved in W.A., N.T. and S.A. September 2011

 

Bassendean

W953. One year on - another look at this locomotive with fresh paint and looking truly magnificent. September 2012

 

Bassendean

5499 diesel locomotive ex Mount Newman Mining Co. September 2012

 

Bassendean

Locomotive R174 in service from 1899 to 1953 over which period it travelled a staggering 726,961 miles. Played a significant part in a mine rescue at Coolgardie in 1907. September 2011

 

Bassendean

A11. Constructed in England and delivered to W.A.G.R in 1885 to work the Fremantle - Guildford line. Worked Port Hedland to Marble Bar in WW2. Withdrawn in 1955. Worked at Perth Zoo from 1955. September 2011

 

Bassendean

Locomotive number 18 inside the shed. No details but by the design this looks like mid 1800's and would pre-date most of the other locomotives in the shed? September 2012

 

Bassendean

Guard's Van in tip-top condition located near the museum entrance. A interesting sign on the side on the van, "To Be Used Between Cottesloe and Leighton Yards Only". I wonder why? September 2012

 

Bassendean

MRWA number E30 is a tiny diesel probably used around a mill or for light shunting. It's far too small to be trundling along a main-line. September 2012

 

Bassendean

Adjacent to the main entrance and signal box is Yx86. It was built in the U.K. in 1888. It spent up until 1944 in South Australia and after that it worked for Bunning Brothers at their Donnelly River timber operations. September 2012

 

Boyanup

Metro diesel railcar at Boyanup painted in the original white red and green pattern. This is either ADG610 or ADG614. February 2011

 

Boyanup

Metro passenger carriage ADA class at Boyanup. Boyanup is closed to the public but still restores and works closely with the W.A. Rail Heritage group. February 2011 (Note: I think the Boyanup Museum re-opened in November 2012)

 

Boyanup

Metro diesel railcar at Boyanup. This is either ADG610 or ADG614. February 2011

 

Bruce Rock

CBH 004 locomotive sits on a small spur line close to where Bruce Rock station used to be. June 2013

 

Bunbury

Australind at the "new" Bunbury station near where the old South Bunbury "shed" used to be. The original station is still intact in town. 21 December, 2009

 

Collie

V1215 at Collie. In the 1970's Collie was home to just about all the retired W.A.G.R. steam locomotives. Only 3-4 left here now. February 2011

 

Collie

V1215 and W948 at Collie. February 2011

 

Collie

V1215 at Collie. This locomotive has been restored and re-painted and looks in tip-top condition. This 'V' class is of one 24 which were purchased specifically to haul coal from Collie to Perth. Later they were used more widely. These locomotives were in service from 1955 to 1973. Photo - March 2014

 

Collie

W948 at Collie. As with V1215, W948 has been restored. These engines were in use throughout the West Australian Government Railways networks as large work-horses. Photo - March 2014

 

Collie

Fs452 at Collie, is re-badged and re-engineered F398. In 1942, F398 became trapped in the Swan View tunnel as freight had fallen from a previous train. Smoke and fumes rendered the crew unconscious. The final act of driver Thomas Beer was to place the locomotive in reverse at speed, to get it out of the tunnel. It crashed into boulders at the end of the dead-end siding beyond the western portal of the tunnel specifically built for diverting down-hill runaway trains. Mr Beers perished. The other crew survived. Photo - March 2014

 

Cranbrook

CBH Group locomotive 012 sits at the town grain storage bins. Photo - October 2014

 

Dwellingup

G123 at Dwellingup. This locomotive used to shunt at Bunbury in the 1960's and could be seen on the jetty often. August 2009

 

Dwellingup

In the yard at Dwellingup, W920 has recently been brought up from Pinjarra after maintenance. October 2011

 

Dwellingup

W920 are fired up and ready for a school-holiday excursion down to its stopping and turn-around point at Isandra Siding, not far from Pinjarra. July 2013

 

Dwellingup

1401XA "Penong" looks in tip-top condition in the Hotham yards at Dwellingup. October 2011

 

Dwellingup

Midland Railways diesel-electric F40 looks resplendent in the Hotham Valley compound at Dwellingup. October 2011

 

Dwellingup

Midland Railways diesel-electric F40 ready on a push-pull tourist excursion from Dwellingup down to Isandra Siding, some 14 kilometres west of Dwellingup, on the Pinjarra line. September 2012

 

Dwellingup

W920 at the other end of the push-pull. It's a backward trip down to Isandra Siding as there is no locomotive turning facility at Dwellingup. September 2012

 

Dwellingup

1702C at rest, in front of 1401XA, in the Hotham yards at Dwellingup. October 2011

 

Dwellingup

Diesel V4 sits in the Hotham Valley compound. You can just see the front of W920 at the right. October 2011

 

Dwellingup

And sibling V5 awaits at Dwellingup station for commencement of an HVR excursion into the forest. October 2011

 

Esplanade

EDI Bombardier nears Esplanade Station from track changeover at southern points - this is pre-opening of the line beyond to Mandurah. October 20th, 2007

 

Fremantle

L3116 hauls wagons of empty sea containers through The Esplanade, south of Fremantle, en route to port facilities on the Fremantle North Wharf. October 22nd, 2011

 

Gosnells

A front section of diesel locomotive XA-1403 "Wanbiri" in the Gosnells Railway Markets. August 2013

 

Gosnells

Steam locomotive Dd596 sitting in the middle of the Gosnells Railway Markets. There is a "staff" changing machine (a staff was a rod which gave a train driver authority to travel on a particular section of single rail track) to the front/left of picture. Many more of these devices are scattered around this market area. August 2013

 

Guildford

K205 hauls the Spirit of the West passing through Guildford. This train no longer runs I believe it was uneconomical. The carriages still rest up near the grain storage silos east of Midland. 2007

 

Guildford

Prospector passes through Guildford heading for Perth Terminal. 2007

 

Harvey

The Australind pauses at Harvey on its trip south to Bunbury at around 11.15 am. A few passengers alight and board. Photo - January 2014

 

Kalamunda

Steam Locomotive G118 sits besides the historic railway station in Kalamunda. This is part of the Historic Village complex. September 2012

 

Kellerberrin

NR67 freighter near Kellerberrin. Probably interstate mixed freight. June 2011

 

Kelmscott

ABB Walker set at Kelmscott heading north to Perth. April 2011

 

Kewdale

Old Prospector at Kewdale. October 2008

 

Kewdale

Old Prospector at Kewdale. July 2011

 

Keysbrook

S3302 and bulk wagons probably loaded with bauxite going to Alcoa refinery at Wagerup. This one is in the loop at Keysbrook. Photo - April 2011

 

Mandurah

EDI Bombardier sets at Mandurah - on the very first day the line opened. Photo - 23 December, 2007

 

Margaret River

Inside the Rotary Park Station at Margaret River sits "Kate". This engine was built in England in 1889. The locomotive worked in the district timber industry from 1890 to 1909. Between 1917 and the early 1950's Kate ran in Wyndham. Photo - December 2013

 

Midland

The Indian Pacific hauled by NR-27 a kilometre or so east of Midland en route to Sydney. Cranes in the background are on the new Midland hospital site. 28 April 2013

 

Midland

ADG 612 diesel passenger set which was in service in the Perth Metropolitan area pre-electrification in the early 1990's. This one is in the orange and blue livery which succeeded the white. green and red colour scheme. Photographed at Midland. Soon to go to Bassendean. September 2011

 

Moora

An un-badged diesel locomotive is plinthed a couple of hundred metres south of Moora railway station. This is almost certainly F class number 41. July 2012

 

Narrogin

A rather forlorn looking XA1412 sits alongside Narrogin station. The "Noala" name plate has been removed. November 2011

 

Northam

Brightly painted CBH-005 in the CBH section of the Avon Yard. October 2012

 

Northam

ARG AD-1521 taking a day off in the Avon Yard. October 2012

 

Northam

An Avon Link set in the Avon Yard awaits the next trip to Perth. October 2012

 

Northam

Steam locomotive PMR 721 immobilised adjacent to the main platform at the old Northam station. October 2012

 

Pemberton

Steam locomotive V1213 in the rail yard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Steam locomotive SSM-No.2 in the rail yard at Pemberton. SSM stood for State Saw Mill. The number designates which particular mill. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Steam locomotive SSM-No.7 in the Historical Precinct Park in the town centre. This was built in 1895 for the W.A.G.R. It was sold to the State Saw Mills in 1946 and operated at Mill number 7, hence the badge SSM-7. It operated at Shannon River from 1953 to 1960, thence at Pemberton from 1960. It performed yard shunting duties in the Pemberton railyard around 1970. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Diesel locomotive Y1102 in the rail yard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Diesel locomotive Y1107 in the rail yard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Diesel locomotive Y1114 in the rail yard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Diesel locomotive Y1115 in the rail yard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

Un-badged Pemberton Tramway diesel locomotive in the railyard at Pemberton. October 2014

 

Pemberton

A couple of Tramway cars in the rail yard. There are others. The Tramway operates a Forest Encounters/Warren River excursion twice daily at 10.45 am and 2.00pm. The round trip takes one and three quarter hours. The Tramway commenced in 1987 as a tourist attraction following the closure of the Pemberton - Northcliffe line to rail traffic. Photo - October 2014

 

Perth

Australind waits on platform 3 at Perth for its 9.30am departure for Bunbury. May 2008

 

Perth

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

 

Perth Terminal

Prospector awaits its 2.15pm departure on a Sunday afternoon at Perth Terminal in East Perth. March 2008

 

Perth Terminal

S542 Bakewell rests at Perth Terminal, East Perth - an echo of the past. This is a Mountain Class locomotive, renowned as being tough work-horses. S542 is named after Mount Bakewell which overlooks York. This locomotive has been here since 1976. September 2010

 

Perth Terminal

NR27 in its Indian Pacific livery awaits departure time at Perth Terminal. Departure is scheduled for 11.55 am. November 2011

 

Pinjarra

S3308 and freight at Pinjarra heading north. February 2009

 

Pinjarra

A 3-car Australind set pauses at Pinjarra heading south. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

Hotham Valley Railway's W945 Banksiadale at Pinjarra. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

Hotham Valley Railway's W903 Marrinup at Pinjarra. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

SEC1, 'South Fremantle' in the HVR yard. This locomotive once worked at the South Fremantle power station hauling coal. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

Outside the HVR workshop is this X- class diesel locomotive stripped of all easily-visible identification markings including its series number. I have since been kindly advised that this is XA 1411 "Weedookarri" which is being retained and used as spare parts for other operating X class locos. Photo August 2011

 

Pinjarra

P706 and W908 at Pinjarra in Hotham Valley Railway workshops. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

Metro diesel railcars at Pinjarra. All identifiers have been painted over although on the car closest to us, there is the number 605 visible up near the roof. August 2011

 

Pinjarra

Heading north with bulk liquid cars, DBZ-2303 "Shire of Murray" waits in the loop at Pinjarra for permission to re-enter the mainline. October 2011

 

Pinjarra

1701C sits right near the South Western Highway, easily spotted by passing motorists. Next to it, lying on the ground, is an old metal girder bridge, the original of which escapes me right now. September 2012

 

Pinjarra

1703C in the Hotham compound at Pinjarra looks like it's enjoyed recent renovations. 1702C, also belonging to Hotham is up at Dwellingup. September 2012

 

Rivervale

Not too much left of PMR735 which is sitting in the old yard of Willis Light Engineering in Rivervale but enough to be restored I'd bet. December 2012

 

Roelands

ACN4174 heading north towards Brunswick out of Picton. Photo - March 2014

 

Rottnest

Light railcar at Settlement Station, Rottnest Island. January 2009

 

Swanbourne

ABB Walker set at Swanbourne heading to Perth. January 2011

 

Toodyay

NR68 hauls the Indian Pacific at Toodyay heading east at around 1.15pm on a Sunday afternoon. February 2011

 

Toodyay

A double-header CBH-Group freighter complete with 50-odd grain wagons heads east into Toodyay. The train is only a handful of metres from passing the Racecourse Road level crossing. Photo - October 2013

 

Whiteman

Light rail diesel at Whiteman Park. December 2010


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