What is this? (Vasse Hwy, nr Busselton)

 
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
What was this place?
http://goo.gl/maps/ZTWf4

It still has very old tourist attraction signs up on both approaches, which is the only reason I spotted it.

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  BHPDash8 Station Master

Whistle Stop Miniature Steam Railway

Vasse Hwy, Busselton

It’s closed down. Insurance reasons I heard, but maybe someone on the forum knows more of the situation.  It’s shame. My uncle knew the owner, so we got free entry, all the free rides we could handle, every Christmas holidays. It had a nice HO scale Thomas the Tank Engine display. Lots of memories.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
I would say insurance was a part of it. Combined with having done tens of thousands of laps, it would get to you. I believe Mr Sunderland the owner went back to his trade as a lecturer. Would almost certainly be better money, benefits and holidays in todays economy. Especially given track and rollingstock maintenance would be done by himself. It was a loverly place to go as a kid. Trains, mini golf, electric cars, animals, playground, plus a huge model railway as mentioned.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Thanks guys. Now that I know what it is called, I was able to find something in a previous thread (searches for "Vasse Hwy" or even busselton tourist railway gave me nothing):
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1504069.htm#1504069
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
One more victim of public liability insurance.  I last visited Whistlestop in 2001.  It was great.  They had a nice layout with big bridges and cool looking locos, including a DL.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Dont be discouraged from Miniature Railways however there are still many of them in WA. That I know of:

Esperance (seasonal)

Katanning

Bunbury

Perth : Castledare, Northern Districts Model Engineers, Cohunu Koala Park

Toodyay

Geraldton
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Do any of those have big bridges?  That is what I remember most about Whistlestop.
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
Kafoopsy, most of the other miniature railways in WA hve bridges, Northern Districts have a short, but high bridge at about 2m high, Castledare has bridges rangine from 2-3m long pipe culverts to 30m long steel truss bridges... just depends on what you like.

Incidentally, the DL that once ran at Whistlestop is currently for sale by it's owner...

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