WA Visit - need information

 
  austnarrow1 Beginner

Good evening from the States.  First timer here on this page, so please forgive any errors.

I will have 1-2 days of vacation in early June to visit Perth and especially the WA narrow gauge.  Problem is I have never been to Australia, and therefore WA nor the narrow gauge lines.  So, I need help!

I am especially interested in the Wheatbelt lines and the Ag industry, but want to make the most of my time regardless.  Are there any online resources like timetables, track charts, etc. that I could study?  How about a railfan guide to WA?  Where are the hot spots?

That is enough for now.  Thank you for any help you can provide.  

Not sure you can private message with this forum, but please do so if you prefer.

Jim in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  x31 Assistant Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
I think a warm welcome is probably the first thing we should do for you. Smile

This you might find useful as a starting point  https://www.railpage.com.au/locations/au/wa
  M636C Minister for Railways

Good evening from the States.  First timer here on this page, so please forgive any errors.

I will have 1-2 days of vacation in early June to visit Perth and especially the WA narrow gauge.  Problem is I have never been to Australia, and therefore WA nor the narrow gauge lines.  So, I need help!

I am especially interested in the Wheatbelt lines and the Ag industry, but want to make the most of my time regardless.  Are there any online resources like timetables, track charts, etc. that I could study?  How about a railfan guide to WA?  Where are the hot spots?

That is enough for now.  Thank you for any help you can provide.  

Not sure you can private message with this forum, but please do so if you prefer.

Jim in Fort Worth, Texas.
austnarrow1
WA is a big place....

Two days isn't a long time to get out to the Wheatbelt.

If you just want to see narrow gauge trains, the south west is the place to go because the traffic is greater and more easily accessible from Perth.

The old South Western Highway follows the main line from north of Pinjarra to Picton Junction near Bunbury. Trains are mainly Coal, Bauxite and Alumina and generally run as far north as Kwinana.

Most grain trains unload at Kwinana (technically East Rockingham) and the approach tracks to the unloading loop can be viewed from public roads just east of the line (so better in the morning).

Grain trains run East to the Wheat belt and can be seen at Midland, with an open area just north of the line and east of the station opposite the new hospital that allows fairly good shots.

Avon Yard near Northam has a servicing area for CBH locomotives and grain wagons and the standard gauge trains load there for trips to Kwinana and is a relatively short drive from Perth.

Peter
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Good evening from the States.  First timer here on this page, so please forgive any errors.

I will have 1-2 days of vacation in early June to visit Perth and especially the WA narrow gauge.  Problem is I have never been to Australia, and therefore WA nor the narrow gauge lines.  So, I need help!

I am especially interested in the Wheatbelt lines and the Ag industry, but want to make the most of my time regardless.  Are there any online resources like timetables, track charts, etc. that I could study?  How about a railfan guide to WA?  Where are the hot spots?

That is enough for now.  Thank you for any help you can provide.  

Not sure you can private message with this forum, but please do so if you prefer.

Jim in Fort Worth, Texas.
austnarrow1

Hey Jim...welcome to the Forum..Smile

Sorry man...this has to be said with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek Wink that though you are from Texas, by far the biggest state in the lower 48.

However Western Australia makes Texas look like the size of Maine or Rhode Island by comparison.

               Texas = 268,597 Sq Miles.
    West Australia = 1,210,000 Sq Miles.  Shocked

In Australia we do things on a BIG scale...

But in all seriousness...good luck in your travels and I hope you may be able to return to the land down under another time and discover a lot more railway related stuff.

Cheers,

Mike.

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