Fremantle Freight line

 
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Gday all,

I am currently visiting Perth staying in Fremantle and have noticed the dual gauge line runing from the ports appears to run through the middle of Fremantle.

The standard gauge rails appear ar least somewhat used however i have not seen and can't imagine freight trains running through in the middle of the day.

Can anyone advise when this line is used?

I assume it would be between midnight and 6.

Thanks for reading.

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  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Its a while since I was in the West but the SG used to be used regularly through Fremantle during the day. If you go on Jim Bisdee's very good Western Australian Rails website you might see some images of trains on this track in recent times to confirm its recent daytime use.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Visted Freo last Tues. Saw a SG train going  to port around 7:45 AM.

Yes NG rail looks long time between drinks but in that area everything rusts quickly.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Visted Freo last Tues. Saw a SG train going  to port around 7:45 AM.

Yes NG rail looks long time between drinks but in that area everything rusts quickly.
RTT_Rules
I don't think there are any narrow gauge container trains at present.

Picton (Bunbury) Is probably the only parental NG container train destination.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
NOELWB,  thanks for your suggestion. I managed to find http://jimbisdee.com/?p=666 which has some great shots and showed at least one train in this section crossing the bridge.

RTT_Rules, thanks for that info, I leave Perth tomorrow afternoon to return home to Melbourne so will go pitch a tent in that section at 6 Tomorrow and cross my fingers.

Nightfire, thanks for that info.

Thanks all. Will report back here afterwards.
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
As someone that lives close to the freight line, there are trains quite a few times a day.  There seems to be busy periods and quiet periods through the week, the other day we had a train into the port followed by another just 30 mins later.  The 4.30 am train from the port is alive and well LOL. All trains nowadays are container trains so all standard gauge.

The only narrow gauge action I have seen for a while was a couple of weeks ago when the Fremantle line was closed at night for maintenance and a rail service vehicle of some kind went through with flashing yellow lights on the top.

Alan.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Well never saw anything between 6 and 8:30 AM Tuesday. Seem I should have been up at 4AM.

Ironically I saw this article just today.

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2016/03/24/night-train-curfew-call/

Oh well next time. Thanks for all the replies sure it will help others. Wink
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
There was a train through in the morning, I saw it while waiting for the plumber to turn up, but is may have been after 9am, apart from the 4.30am one again LOL.

Regarding the curfew, I am of the option that if you buy a house next to a railway you get trains going past.  Its just like the people that buy next to a hotel with bands playing and then want the music shut down.  Having said that, the wheel squeal through the west end of Fremantle is extreme and is amplified due to being between buildings so some sort of noise reduction should be looked at, curfew? No, it's a working port.

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