Westland back on the rails

 
  tramsperth Station Master

Location: Mt Helena
Looks like the Rail Heritage WA Westland magazine is going to resume regular quarterly production with the appointment of a new editor.  During the last few years, it has suffered from irregular publishing, sometimes no magazine being seen for months.

This is terrific news for the WA railfan scene.  Many would remember back 20 years or so, when the WA fan was spoilt with a monthly Westland and quarterly Western Rails.  Both magazines were informative, professional and entertaining. Of course, with internet these days, news travels instantaneously, but quality magazines still have their place.

This puts WA back on par with the other states with state- based magazines, and I am looking forward to seeing the results.

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  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Either from the museum, or become a member and get it mailed to you as part of the membership.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
  pm1225 Chief Commissioner

The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
"8888"
It would want to be the recent issues were cr.p as were the offering put out by the editor they had some years ago. Wonder where they are going to get thier information and photo's? That was the previous problem and unless they strip these forums for information I don't think they will get much. Photo's will be thier biggest problem unless they find some good photographers willing to assist. Look at the junk they put up in previous issues.
  Jarroo Chief Commissioner

The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
"8888"


The Westland through the mid 80's and into the 90's probably will not be able to be matched but with an editor of this quality, who know's.
Is it going to revert back to monthly?
  Bryan Locomotive Driver

Location: Delray Beach, FL (USA) - Ex Busselton, W.A.
I'm also looking forward to the new regular issues.

Is there a reference list of the articles/topics covered in the old issues?... and what about getting back-issues?
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Is it going to revert back to monthly?


Quarterly, though two are due out very shortly to clear the backlog.  The editor spoke at the recent RHWA meeting, he will be adopting a thematic approach to issues.  As he is on Railpage, he may want to elaborate further.



Is there a reference list of the articles/topics covered in the old issues?... and what about getting back-issues?


Back issues can be purchased from the museum at Bassendean, but that is a long way for you to go, Bryan!  Maybe you could contact someone via the RHWA website to see if postage can be arranged.
  DA1578 Banned

Location: Banned
The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
"8888"
It would want to be the recent issues were cr.p as were the offering put out by the editor they had some years ago. Wonder where they are going to get thier information and photo's? That was the previous problem and unless they strip these forums for information I don't think they will get much. Photo's will be thier biggest problem unless they find some good photographers willing to assist. Look at the junk they put up in previous issues.
"pm1225"


Good to see you contributing!!!!
  tramsperth Station Master

Location: Mt Helena
The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
"8888"
It would want to be the recent issues were cr.p as were the offering put out by the editor they had some years ago. Wonder where they are going to get thier information and photo's? That was the previous problem and unless they strip these forums for information I don't think they will get much. Photo's will be thier biggest problem unless they find some good photographers willing to assist. Look at the junk they put up in previous issues.
"pm1225"



The first Westland under the new editor appeared in the post today.  You will be happy to know, pm1225, that the editor has been able to get input from people around the state - Pilbara, Geraldton, south-west, Albany and elsewhere.  The list of article contributors and acknowledgements includes a number of highly respected railfans and rail historians, some of them active in these forums.  Well done to the editor who has been able to get so much support in such a small period of time.  More contributors could be appearing in future editions.

The photographs are great.  While I admire the interim editor who carried the magazine while others didn't want to get involved, I must agree with you pm1225 that many of the photos were dreadful - second rate shots from Africa, endless poor photos of P class locos passing through Midland on grain trains etc.  The new issue features a good selection of contemporary and historic photos.  Two highlights for me were from the Pilbara, a construction train on the Fortescue Metals railway and the first train loading at Hope Downs.  The old photos have reproduced well.

A very commendable job, and I am already looking forward to the next issue which should feature the Southern Suburbs Railway.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
The new editor has been the author of a number of books, including the recent From Marble Bar to Mandurah, so a good quality magazine can be expected.
"8888"
It would want to be the recent issues were cr.p as were the offering put out by the editor they had some years ago. Wonder where they are going to get thier information and photo's? That was the previous problem and unless they strip these forums for information I don't think they will get much. Photo's will be thier biggest problem unless they find some good photographers willing to assist. Look at the junk they put up in previous issues.
"pm1225"



The first Westland under the new editor appeared in the post today.  You will be happy to know, pm1225, that the editor has been able to get input from people around the state - Pilbara, Geraldton, south-west, Albany and elsewhere.  The list of article contributors and acknowledgements includes a number of highly respected railfans and rail historians, some of them active in these forums.  Well done to the editor who has been able to get so much support in such a small period of time.  More contributors could be appearing in future editions.

The photographs are great.  While I admire the interim editor who carried the magazine while others didn't want to get involved, I must agree with you pm1225 that many of the photos were dreadful - second rate shots from Africa, endless poor photos of P class locos passing through Midland on grain trains etc.  The new issue features a good selection of contemporary and historic photos.  Two highlights for me were from the Pilbara, a construction train on the Fortescue Metals railway and the first train loading at Hope Downs.  The old photos have reproduced well.

A very commendable job, and I am already looking forward to the next issue which should feature the Southern Suburbs Railway.
"tramsperth"


Uhuh. Where do we get this?
  tramsperth Station Master

Location: Mt Helena
This question has been asked, and answered, twice in this thread already!!

Having said that, try the Railfan Shop and ARHS sales in Sydney as well.

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