Railfest 2013

 
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

How did it go!!!!!! anyone care to comment for us country rail fans.

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  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Railfest this year went quite well with over 1200 tickets sold (this is including family tickets, and not including members who get in for free). Although there were no full size locos, the miniature railway from Cohuna Wildlife Park brought their nicest looking steam loco, which took kids for rides on some portable track. "Behind the scenes" tours were also very popular, where punters were given some insight into current projects such as our Standard Gauge Appeal, Wheatbelt Heritage Rail, and other smaller projects. Y1101 was polished and cleaned out, along with our almost restored VY Bullion van, being put on display. Also, RHWA had a stall with information regarding WHR, such as the $1.2 mil. Royalty for Region funds, the planned Minnivale track diagram and the locos and rollingstock to be used.

A great day had by all!

Andrew
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Hi Andrew 1996, thanks for your reply on the activities of the day. Sounds like it was a great day and enjoyed by all that participated or attended. Congrats to all that made it a success
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Hi Andrew 1996, thanks for your reply on the activities of the day. Sounds like it was a great day and enjoyed by all that participated or attended. Congrats to all that made it a success
  ard83 Station Master

Hi Andrew 1996, thanks for your reply on the activities of the day. Sounds like it was a great day and enjoyed by all that participated or attended. Congrats to all that made it a success
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A few pictures on RHWA's facebook page
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
I couldn't make it to Railfest this year.  I would have liked to have seen the Y class and the steamer from Cohuna.  Does the Y class run?  Also, do the rail companies no longer want to show off their locos at Railfest?  A CBH class would be a nice drawcard!
  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
I couldn't make it to Railfest this year.  I would have liked to have seen the Y class and the steamer from Cohuna.  Does the Y class run?  Also, do the rail companies no longer want to show off their locos at Railfest?  A CBH class would be a nice drawcard!
Kafoopsy
I am not sure if all of the operators were asked. The ones that were however, from what I've heard, wanted to but were too busy.
  warienga Chief Train Controller

Location: Perth
I am not sure if all of the operators were asked. The ones that were however, from what I've heard, wanted to but were too busy.

Those operators who were asked either could not provide crews on the day or were concerned about liability issues regarding providing a locomotive for a public event. Having said this, the reps from the Companies approached made every effort to make a loco available, but in the end were not able to accomodate.

The Y class is not operational - it's Paxman engine needs considerable work - it won't do a full revolution when barring-over so somethings amiss. Never say never though - its in good condition mechanically and is complete except for the auxilliary generator which is on loan to Boulder Loopline for their Y class.
Also, an update on numbers through the gate - over 1300 paying customers, and that figure does not include the hundreds of under-4's who didin't have to pay an entrance fee. A very successful day.

Cheers, Warienga

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