Train spotting in the Perth area

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi all, I will be heading over to Perth next week on the Indian Pacific, for my 40th birthday (not until 1st July) anywho, I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good areas where I can photograph some Freight Train action over that way, maybe Kewdale Yard, Fremantle, anywhere like that, I will be over there for about 5 days or so before I fly back

Kind Regards

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  X Class Locomotive Driver

In and around Midland station is a good start, especially for interstate freighters.  You may also see some action at Thornlie Station which is adjacent to the freight line running between Forrestfield/Kewdale and Kwinana and Fremantle ports.

I believe about 3 container trains go through Fremantle each way on any given day, though I couldn't quote any times I have seen them in daylight hours.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

In and around Midland station is a good start, especially for interstate freighters.  You may also see some action at Thornlie Station which is adjacent to the freight line running between Forrestfield/Kewdale and Kwinana and Fremantle ports.

I believe about 3 container trains go through Fremantle each way on any given day, though I couldn't quote any times I have seen them in daylight hours.

Enjoy your trip, and happy birthday.
  G Train Locomotive Driver

You could try the area around Cathedral Ave Brigadoon. A level crossing at Camargue Dve gave the easiest access to a view of a sweeping curve. Private property restricts access around most other areas there though. A forest drive further on may yield some spots, but a local may be able to give you better information. This is north of Millendon Jn. If you don't have a car you'd need to check whether TransPerth buses can take you near there presumably from Midland Station. I've seen a great photo of a DAZ locomotive on Railpictures.net from somewhere near here too.

I have had a fruitless few hours looking for a container train south of Fremantle a couple of years back, so if you can get some idea of freight train times there, that would be much better. If I knew where to get that sort of info back when I was last there it would've saved me a lot of time. Still a nice walk though with a free loop bus from Fremantle Station a help on the way back.

If you have a car you could try trains from the junction on the line to Bunbury south. I think that's at Mundijong on the line from Kwinana. The Australind might stop there (check TransWA) but whether you'll see freight trains before the afternoon return service I'm not sure.

Cheers,
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
I don't have a car, I will have to rely on the Rail services there, hanging around the Midland Station area seems to be the go, as I think quite a few trains use the Triangle there, to come/go from Kewdale Yard, so we will see how we go:) - I will have to see what the sun is doing as well, and what are the best angles for Photography

Kind Regards
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Don't forget to check out the Bassendean rail museum if you haven't before, closest station is Ashfield and it's a short walk down. Largest collection in the state. Open Wednesdays and Sundays.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Don't forget to check out the Bassendean rail museum if you haven't before, closest station is Ashfield and it's a short walk down. Largest collection in the state. Open Wednesdays and Sundays.
Radzaarty
I saw that on Goggle Maps, I fly out on Thursday, so I will for sure have a look Smile
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hello all, I have recently come back from a Holiday in Perth, and I managed to grab a few sightings whilst I was over there,(not many sightings) they are as follows
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35452480772/in/dateposted-public/
NR62 is in the process of refuelling at Cook, which is situated on the Nullabour Plains
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35234098570/in/dateposted-public/
A Tamper track machine is about to enter the sidings at Midland, I have no idea where this has come from
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35581235716/in/dateposted-public/
Watco Australia's HL203 arrives at Midland, with a rake of what looks to be Grain Wagons, this will get propelled into the sidings where the Track Machine came from
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35620693705/in/dateposted-public/
The Prospector arrives at Midland from Kalgoorlie, this service runs twice a day in each direction.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/34811799253/in/dateposted-public/
CBH Locos 002/010 combine to haul a Grain Train through Midland,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/34779424384/in/dateposted-public/
At Woodbridge, CBH Locos 0014/017 combine to haul an outbound Grain Train
Kind Regards - I didn't get time to have a look at the Rail Museum over there, was doing other things, I had only limited time Smile
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
May be the wrong thread, but I noticed the photos of the watco locos, just a few mins a go a double headed watco ran down the Fremantle freight line, unusual but never seen a watco on the line and never a double header, also did not seem to be a container train?
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Hello all, I have recently come back from a Holiday in Perth, and I managed to grab a few sightings whilst I was over there,(not many sightings) they are as follows
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35581235716/in/dateposted-public/
Watco Australia's HL203 arrives at Midland, with a rake of what looks to be Grain Wagons, this will get propelled into the sidings where the Track Machine came from
Kind Regards - I didn't get time to have a look at the Rail Museum over there, was doing other things, I had only limited time Smile
lsrailfan
They are ballast wagons.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hello all, I have recently come back from a Holiday in Perth, and I managed to grab a few sightings whilst I was over there,(not many sightings) they are as follows
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/35581235716/in/dateposted-public/
Watco Australia's HL203 arrives at Midland, with a rake of what looks to be Grain Wagons, this will get propelled into the sidings where the Track Machine came from
Kind Regards - I didn't get time to have a look at the Rail Museum over there, was doing other things, I had only limited time Smile
They are ballast wagons.
nscaler69
Cheers for that, I found that out earlier Smile
Kind Regards
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Maybe the train I saw on the Fremantle freight line was a rail train if the watco is pulling ballast, so it may have been heading to Leighton sidings with rail?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Great photos ls

How was your IP experience?
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Great photos ls

How was your IP experience?
Pressman
Great- the track from Parkes across to BH is a bit of a Goat Track, you could feel every bump that the Loco went over, and the driver was going at pace as well, made sleeping a bit difficult, but from BH further onwards it began to improve, we hit a couple of animals on route, but nothing to major, the IP ran pretty much to time the whole way
Kind Regards
  MitchellN20 Beginner

Hi,

I'm new to this forum so I am not sure how to go about this but I think this is the right place to ask this. I live in Perth and really love watching freight trains, particularly the long SCT and Pacific National intermodal trains as they are moving along. Midland is an easy spot for me to get to see the trains so I was just wondering if any of you on here know the rough times that these sorts of trains move through this area. If anyone could tell me then that would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Mitchell.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Hi,

I'm new to this forum so I am not sure how to go about this but I think this is the right place to ask this. I live in Perth and really love watching freight trains, particularly the long SCT and Pacific National intermodal trains as they are moving along. Midland is an easy spot for me to get to see the trains so I was just wondering if any of you on here know the rough times that these sorts of trains move through this area. If anyone could tell me then that would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Mitchell.
MitchellN20
Mitchell / all,

At this time of year, all the scheduled SCT movements through Midland are in darkness, if you see one it is because of late running.  However, there is 1800 tabled departure from Forrestfield on Sundays.

PN times vary, but there are afternoon trains eastbound every day apart from Monday and Friday in daylight.  Westbounds can be seen in daylight on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and possibly other days when things are late.

Simon
  MitchellN20 Beginner

Thanks so much for that. Could you also just tell me the rough times for the QR National intermodal and interstate steel trains too. These are the sorts of trains I'm most interested in and forgot to include those earlier so if you could tell me this too that would be awesome Smile

Mitchell
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Thanks so much for that. Could you also just tell me the rough times for the QR National intermodal and interstate steel trains too. These are the sorts of trains I'm most interested in and forgot to include those earlier so if you could tell me this too that would be awesome Smile

Mitchell
MitchellN20
Aurizon intermodal, eastbound Monday and Tuesday, can be from 500 pm on but often late and dark!

PN steel, Saturday 7PX4 due out of Kewdale 550am.  Wednesday 1MP2 in around 1100am

Simon
  MitchellN20 Beginner

Many thanks Simon. They are some awfully early and late times though. Shame not many come through around the middle of the day when it's easier for me to get there Smile
  MitchellN20 Beginner

Hey again all,

Have the times for scheduled departures of freight trains from Perth changed recently? I've been heading out to Midland the last several weeks on Sunday evenings hoping to see the SCT tabled departure from Forrestfield at 1800 but all I've seen leave Perth are the late concrete trains bound for Kalgoorlie I believe. Mind you I did see a PN steel and PN intermodal train both heading into Perth so that confused me a little. I don't expect the SCT train could have been late two weeks in a row. If anyone could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated thank you Smile
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Hey again all,

Have the times for scheduled departures of freight trains from Perth changed recently? I've been heading out to Midland the last several weeks on Sunday evenings hoping to see the SCT tabled departure from Forrestfield at 1800 but all I've seen leave Perth are the late concrete trains bound for Kalgoorlie I believe. Mind you I did see a PN steel and PN intermodal train both heading into Perth so that confused me a little. I don't expect the SCT train could have been late two weeks in a row. If anyone could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated thank you Smile
MitchellN20
The SCT train on Sunday is still tabled for 1800, but frequently runs late.  1PM5 is due out of Kewdale at 1530, and 6SP5 is due in around the same time.

Simon
  MitchellN20 Beginner

Many thanks Simon Smile

Are those other two trains also SCT or are they PN? I wasn’t there at Midland that early, only from about 5:00 to 8:20. 6SP5 may have been the one I saw heading into Forrestfield really late just before I left about 8:10. When the SCT train is late leaving Perth, it must be really late. It had not yet gone past when I left at 8:20 and the signal lights were still red. I’m not able to get there very often at that time of night but it’s quite unusual since it was on time when I was there in the summer.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Many thanks Simon Smile

Are those other two trains also SCT or are they PN? I wasn’t there at Midland that early, only from about 5:00 to 8:20. 6SP5 may have been the one I saw heading into Forrestfield really late just before I left about 8:10. When the SCT train is late leaving Perth, it must be really late. It had not yet gone past when I left at 8:20 and the signal lights were still red. I’m not able to get there very often at that time of night but it’s quite unusual since it was on time when I was there in the summer.
MitchellN20
Mitchell, the other two are PN trains.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I'm in Perth at the moment visiting friends/family and I caught a train to Midland today to have a look.

Saw the Indian Pacific arrive at East Perth; interesting that most of the Midland line is dual gauge to accommodate this and the Prospector. Also noticed that there's a huge amount of work on the Perth Airport line between Bayswater and Ashfield - can any Railpager tell me when the line is due to open? I'm guessing some time next year.

Mt. Lawley is a very nice part of Perth but once you get to the outer suburbs it's a bit like the rest of urban Australia with all its ugliness... just an observation!

Planning on going to Freo tomorrow -
  LL10194 Station Master

Location: Perth
I'm in Perth at the moment visiting friends/family and I caught a train to Midland today to have a look.

Saw the Indian Pacific arrive at East Perth; interesting that most of the Midland line is dual gauge to accommodate this and the Prospector. Also noticed that there's a huge amount of work on the Perth Airport line between Bayswater and Ashfield - can any Railpager tell me when the line is due to open? I'm guessing some time next year.

Mt. Lawley is a very nice part of Perth but once you get to the outer suburbs it's a bit like the rest of urban Australia with all its ugliness... just an observation!

Planning on going to Freo tomorrow -
don_dunstan
Hi Don, I hope you have a good stay in Perth, at least the rain has eased off in the last couple of days for you.

The Forrestfield - Airport Link is due to open some time in 2020 to the best of my knowledge. A useful link with some fact sheets etc:

http://www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au/

As for dual gauge, Perth lost a chance to standardise the suburban lines when we electrified in the mid eighties. Further back I was a very young kid the only time I got the Prospector to Kal. I didn't then understand then why we didn't board at Perth station but had to go to the East Perth terminal instead. Now many years later I'm still surprised at the length of the Indian Pacific on the odd occasion that I see it there. And that building that some may dismiss as a brown brick monstrosity is truly fantastic.

I'm not sure if you have been here before, or if your friends and family have already filled you in, so a couple of tips.

Our small railway museum is only open on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, so today is your chance.

Or if you are heading to Fremantle on Sunday, and you are also interested in maritime history we have two museums that you can waste some time in. The new(ish) one on Victoria Quay in easy walking distance from the train station, and the old shipwreck museum a stroll further on with the Round House (a prison, not a loco storage shed) and old whaling tunnel in between the two museums. And the slightly incongruous freight line almost links them. Then fish and chips for the full tourist experience. Or a beer.

If you are taking the Fremantle line a stop at Claremont could worthwhile for the old station buildings, and shed that is now a gallery.

And yes the outer suburbs are far from perfect. TOD developments around new stations are a step in the right direction but they can be hit and miss. Bring back Metro-Land I say!

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