Surprised this slipped through the news, but as of 31st May Aurizon pulled the last of their maintenance crews from Avon, leaving only a handful of Brookfield people (train controllers and track personnel) and a small Watco presence.
Effectively Avon has closed as a locomotive and wagon depot, after opening on the 14th February 1966 as a major part of the standard gauge project. Now it is nothing more than a storage point for Aurizon rolling stock and a standard gauge CBH loading facility ( the narrow gauge long being out of use ).
I remember in the early '90s Avon being one of the biggest and busiest yards in the state. All gone now
Quite amazing the changes that occur, it used to have a large roster of narrow gauge locos and there was often swaps between Avon and Narngulu with the latter relying on Avon I remember seeing the job ads for support staff at Narngulu with the point of contact for the jobs being Avon Yard.
Of course Narngulu went on to outlive Avon and I note the latest exchange of P class to service Albany the locos worked from Narngulu via Forrestfield.
The shift from primarily grain haulage to a more mineral based haulage has changed the dynamic, with the depots for Narrow gauge locos now being Kwinana, Narngulu ( two loco depots) and Picton with Albany having a servicing facility for the wood chip train. Forrestfield itself having no narrow gauge trains into and out of it either and if it wasn't for its repair facilities would not see narrow gauge locos.