Cohuna Wildlife Park

 
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
As yet Cris, i don't believe so, but i havent checked in a while. although the track has been connected, there were no facilities for passenger handling as yet built when i last spoke with the guys down there. if this is still the case, i would expect it to be year end before it's fully operational...

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  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
G'day all,

The latest news I have received regarding the opening date indicates they are aiming for some time around Easter (hopefully).  Trackwork and ballasting is complete. A temporary 'stopping place' has been constructed to cater for passengers until the completion of the main station.

YouTube clip here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PmDlHwrSf0

Looking forward to the grand opening...
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
G'day all,

Further to my previous post, I've since been informed that another successful test run around the entire railway took place on Saturday the 23rd of April.  The track is now completely ballasted and the temporary platform is ready to use.

The only thing delaying the opening is the arrangement of insurance.  The Cohuna guys are hoping to resolve this and start running public trains some time in the next couple of weeks.   Until then, all locos and rolling stock are undergoing trials around the track over the next couple of weekends to ensure hiccup-free service.  Only the D class remains out of action at present.
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Great news. Cheers for the updates Dave!!
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
STOP PRESS!

NEWSFLASH!

ETC!

The 'Grand Opening' of the railway will be on Saturday 7th of May.

The park is open from 10am until 4pm every day, the railway will run from 11am until 3pm on Saturdays & Sundays.  Ticket prices are Adults $5 and Kids $4. Journey time is approximately 12mins around 1km of track.  3 Diesel locomotives & 2 Steam locomotives are based at the railway but not all are operational at any one time.

The Steam Museum will open at a later date (yet to be determined).

For any further enquiries - contact the park on 08 9526 2966
http://www.cohunu.com.au/
http://members.westnet.com.au/locoman/
  Jarroo Chief Commissioner

very impressive, certainly alot of work has been completed, a  nice long circuit.
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
G'day all,

Here are some photos from the opening day, we couldn't get there in time for the first train but it was a good visit nontheless.  I was impressed by the smoothness of the track, it will look great once the tunnel portals and other lineside features are complete.


Nice to see the D back in action with a fresh coat of paint.


The Guard does his thing while the second train in operation waits in the background.  This Hunslet diesel is privately owned.


Approaching the construction site of the main station.



It is interesting to note that the railway is electrified as I saw some EMU's running on it. Laughing

I am looking forward to future visits to see the railway making progress.
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
OK, what did I do wrong?
  3981 Assistant Commissioner

Dave, is the queen in operational condition or still in pieces?
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
What happened to the stripes and the Westrail logo on the D?
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
G'day all,

3981, the Queen is still in bits at present, undergoing a total rebuild.  No ETA for return to service.  There is a privately owned steam loco ('Laverton' for those who know it)  which will be operating during this year's steam season.  I'm guessing there is always the option for other locos to visit as well.  SteamFest anyone?

DBclass, the D will have its stripes redone in vinyl at some point, the fresh coat of orange was only done the day before.  The old Westrail logo will be replaced by 'Cohunu Park Railway' in the style of the 'large Westrail' wording of later years.

Stay tuned...
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
tis good to see the railway up and running again after such a long hiatus... will have to get down there at some stage. Last i saw the queen, it was coming along with it's overhaul. it's recieved a new boiler, and a major rebuild of the running gear.
  P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
G'day all,

3981, the Queen is still in bits at present, undergoing a total rebuild.  No ETA for return to service.  There is a privately owned steam loco ('Laverton' for those who know it)  which will be operating during this year's steam season.  I'm guessing there is always the option for other locos to visit as well.  SteamFest anyone?

DBclass, the D will have its stripes redone in vinyl at some point, the fresh coat of orange was only done the day before.  The old Westrail logo will be replaced by 'Cohunu Park Railway' in the style of the 'large Westrail' wording of later years.

Stay tuned...
"NiSig"


Have you thought of using magnetic stripes?  We use magnets on one of our locos for the Name Plate.
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
G'day all,

P2017 I was informed that the stripes are being done in vinyl simply because 'they know a guy' who can do it cheap or for nothing.  I would rather see them painted on but you can bet that wouldn't be cheap.
  Dorutland Beginner

Location: Perth
Hi All

Cohuna Queen had a test yesterday after her rebuild. As you can imagine, there is still a lot to do! However, Laverton, the other steam loc there, has been running and was on test last weekend. Hopefully, she will be running again soon.

I was told that another steamer would be arrriving soon as well so that will be three down there. Very Happy
  Dorutland Beginner

Location: Perth
Laverton failed today with injector problems. Queen had a run and looked good. The guy I was talking to took some pictures. He was saying that the new loco was built in early 90's but has only run a few times at the old Cohuna and Castledare. Anyone have any knowledge of it?
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
theres only one loco i know of that fits the criteria.... and if it is that i'll be down there like a shot to see it again...
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
Yes Craig, the Laverton being discussed here is exactly the same one you're thinking of, and you'll be pleased to know it seems to be in fairly good hands and well looked after.

It became quite a well travelled loco for a while there (Guildford to Busselton to somewhere else (not sure where) to Cohuna Gosnells to Cohuna Byford), but with the railway up and running at the park it won't be moving homes anytime soon.  I doubt the loco will come to Castledare again but I reckon a Steamfest type gathering down at Cohuna could be feasible sometime, especially as the park owner has realised the value of the railway as a drawcard in itself.
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
Dave, i know of Laverton, i was refferring to the potential "new" loco... think about it... same colour as Laverton but a lil bigger.. Wink
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA

Idea Ahh, I think I know the one you're talking about now...
Southern-sounding name by any chance?  One careful owner?

Haven't heard anything about that one in particular but I'll keep an ear to the ground.

Stay tuned...
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
Now ur on the right track Dave.. i hear from a reliable source it's a possibility...
  Dorutland Beginner

Location: Perth
Are you going to share with us lesser mortals? Very Happy
  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
Not until it's either confirmed positive or negative...
  Dorutland Beginner

Location: Perth
Is the one you were on about called Dixie?

Got this from a mate so don't know anything about the loco so any info would be welcome.

Thanks
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  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
Yes, dixie is the beast. Saw it in steam a couple of weeks back, a few commisioning jobs to do, as its been in storage for over 10 years, but i believe it will become a regular performer when all is right.

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