A query on WA trains from the late 1950's to the early 1980's

 
  Sojourner Train Controller

Greetings all, I have a question and am hoping you may be able to point me in the right direction to an answer. From the late 1950's through to the early 1980's the Adelaide suburban railway network was serviced by the 'Red Hen Railcars' which were manufactured locally at the Islington workshops. What I would like to know is what were the corresponding railcars of the same era in WA? Also can you tell me when they went from steam to diesel, and from diesel to electric in WA?

Thank you!

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  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
There were a few different types in suburban service:
  • ADG class, introduced in 1954.
  • ADH class, the "country" equivalent of the ADGs were later converted to suburban use
  • ADX class, introduced in 1959. Similar design to the ADGs.
  • ADK class, introduced in 1968.
  • ADL class, introduced in 1981.

Steam remained in use until the late 60s but the actual year eludes me at the moment.
The "A Series" electric railcars entered service in 1991 and the last diesels were withdrawn in 1992. The ADK and ADL classes were then moved to Auckland where they have been in service up until the recent electrification there.

There is quite a variety of photos on the Rail Heritage WA website (http://www.railheritagewa.org.au/archive_scans/search.php) - just tick the Loco - Vehicle Class box and search for the class name.
  Sojourner Train Controller

Cheers Mouse that is very much appreciated, am enjoying going through those photos!
  anuddernut Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the beach
Suburban Steam finished in October 1968 with the advent of the ADK railcars, however the wooden loco hauled carriages lasted until the late 80's being hauled by diesel locos.
  Bahnfrend Station Master

Location: Perth, WA
Some more specific answers to Sourner's questions are:

The WAGR railcars corresponding to the Redhens were the ADGs and ADXs.

The ADHs, when built, corresponded to the Bluebirds, and were only later converted to become similar to the ADGs.

The ADKs had no real SA equivalent.

The ADLs corresponded to the Jumbos.

Steam to diesel happened in 1969, and diesel to electric in 1991-92
  Sojourner Train Controller

Some more specific answers to Sourner's questions are:

The WAGR railcars corresponding to the Redhens were the ADGs and ADXs.

The ADHs, when built, corresponded to the Bluebirds, and were only later converted to become similar to the ADGs.

The ADKs had no real SA equivalent.

The ADLs corresponded to the Jumbos.

Steam to diesel happened in 1969, and diesel to electric in 1991-92
"Bahnfrend"


Cheers Bahnfriend!

If I could ask another question, - in SA and Vic there are some examples of restored Red Hen and Bluebird Trains that take passengers on local and tourist trips. In WA do you have any restored examples of ADG and ADX units that are restored to working condition?
  Bahnfrend Station Master

Location: Perth, WA
Rail Heritage WA has a number of preserved railcars, including an ADG, but as far as I am aware, none of them is in working order.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Just to add more on that ADG. It is in potentially working order, it just needs some basic work carried out on it.
And no, unfortunately no trips are run. Accreditation for mainline is an issue over here in WA.

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