RAIL HERITAGE WA
Sunday 11th November: 12pm - 5pm
136 Railway Parade, Bassendean 6150
The Railway Museum, at Bassendean, is Western Australia's premier museum devoted to rail history. It is the only museum to tell the story of all railways across the state.
The collection spans the whole spectrum of railway history. From "Katie" which was placed in service in 1881 when the Fremantle to Guildford Railway was built through to more modern diesel locomotives. The largest section is from the WA Government Railway system. There are also items representing the extensive timber lines and gold mines as well as the private Midland Railway Company and the Commonwealth’s trans-Australian Railway across the Nullarbor.
Interesting buildings include the hut rescued from the lonely Station master at a Nullarbor siding, a signal cabin and a Midland workshops building re-purposed as our ‘station’. Many plans and photos of railway stations show the changes in architectural styles over time.
Passenger carriages and freight wagons that formed an integral part of the railway scene can also be appreciated, several dating back to the 19th century. The exhibition building tells the story of railways in WA with an extensive collection of rail artefacts and photographs.
Guides will explain background to exhibits and to our restoration work.