Why were so many WA stations demolished?

 
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Excuse my ignorance as I'm not from WA but why have so many station buildings been demolished in Perth and on the line to Bunbury?

Would the issue be platform heights?

There just seems to be more demolitions on operational lines than the eastern states or is that just my impression?

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  antiussentiment Locomotive Driver

Location: perth
Conservative governments wanting to make sure it's too expensive to reinstate a passenger service maybe?  Though there's possibly a few that got damaged (fire etc) and it did not make much sense to re-build..

The other thing is, over the last 40 years WA has been awash with money.  So governments are constantly spending $$$ "doing stuff".  When I visit Melbourne, I find my self walking on 150 year old pavement stones..  The footpaths in Perth have been repaved 4-5 times in my life alone..
  Bahnfrend Station Master

Location: Perth, WA
A starting point for answering Geoffrey's question is that many of the stations in the Perth metro area and on the line to Bunbury were not very substantial before they were demolished or modified.

On the Perth to Midland line, several stations were modified significantly at the time the line was changed to dual gauge (late 1960s), and the old Midland station was demolished and relocated.  Also, the East Perth loco shed was demolished and replaced by East Perth Terminal.

On the Perth to Fremantle line, Fremantle station was similarly (partly) demolished in the late 1960s because of the standard gauge project.  Some time later, North Fremantle was relocated and Leighton closed, and West Perth was closed, demolished and replaced by City West.

On the Armadale line, several stations, eg Kelmscott, have been redeveloped (Kelmscott became a train-bus transfer point).

Other stations in the Perth metro area had wooden bus shelter type buildings replaced with brick ones (eg West Leederville, Mosman Park).

In the 1980s, extensive changes were made to Perth station, but the old station building was retained and is still there.

Further modifications were made in the metro area at the time of electrification at the start of the 1990s, eg Claremont became an island platform station (although the buildings were left as they were).  At about the same time, changes to signalling equipment led to the relocation of some signal boxes to other places (eg Whiteman Park) and the demolition of others (the affected signal boxes included Fremantle, Subiaco, Perth and Claisebrook).

More recently, Subiaco station was relocated underground.

Some Perth metro station buildings and platforms have not been modified much since the end of steam operations (eg Bassendean, Guildford and Daglish).

On the Armadale to Bunbury line, Bunbury station was relocated in the 1980s, and other station buildings (eg Brunswick Junction) were demolished at the time the yards adjacent to them were removed.

There are still some quite substantial old station buildings out in the wheatbelt on other lines, eg on the Avon Yard to Albany line at York, Beverley, Pingelly, Mt Barker and Albany.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
A fair few stations on the Armadale line have also been completely relocated:

* Victoria Park - merged with Lathlain
* Cannington - new station has better spacing (used to be just 500 meters north of Beckenham and a long way from Queens Park) and is closer to Carousel shops
* Gosnells - used to be the other side of the Dorothy Street crossing (the tracks still diverge around what used to be the platform, with a single tree still remaining in place). Was moved to better integrate with the town centre if I remember correctly.
* Armadale - current station is slightly to the north of the (still existent but no longer used for suburban trains) previous one, which replaced an even earlier and now-demolished station
  X Class Locomotive Driver

The fact that a lot of station buildings were timber structures would be a factor.  They fall apart, unlike their sturdier brick counterparts which are more commonplace in NSW.
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
Why was the old Bunbury station demolished?
I am from Melbourne and when I travelled on the Australind in 1986 a-  loco hauled train with green wooden cars.
The new Bunbury station was a distance out of town and I eventually saw the old station being demolised. I wondered why, unless vested interests wanted the station site in the middle of town.

I went to Bunbury last year and noticed it was a very plain building and I had trouble directing a friend in a car to pick me up.
Normal railway stations have an imposing presence but this one looked like any other building.
It was as if the WA government was embarrassed to acknowledge that a rail service was necessary and provided a low impact terminal building. There is no freight so the impact was minimal.

I wonder about the politics of 1985 the Bunbury service was probably under threat and the station was moved out of town.
Still, it is better than a bus service regardless how low key it is.
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Bunbury Railway Station still exists its now the Visitor Centre and the location where suburban bus services start from. Most of the demolitions occurred in the 1980’s when Westrail was clear felling buildings around the system.
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Bunbury Railway Station still exists its now the Visitor Centre and the location where suburban bus services start from. Most of the demolitions occurred in the 1980’s when Westrail was clear felling buildings around the system.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Conservative governments wanting to make sure it's too expensive to reinstate a passenger service maybe?  Though there's possibly a few that got damaged (fire etc) and it did not make much sense to re-build..

The other thing is, over the last 40 years WA has been awash with money.  So governments are constantly spending $$$ "doing stuff".  When I visit Melbourne, I find my self walking on 150 year old pavement stones..  The footpaths in Perth have been repaved 4-5 times in my life alone..
antiussentiment
No, I very much doubt anything to do with govt persuasion.

Look at Tasmania, last Regular Public Transport service was late 70's and many lines decade or more before that. The only stations that remain are a few former major stations at larger towns and usually because they were something substantial and became heritage listed or similar. Most of the rest were bus shelters at best on short platforms and probably fell down on their own or removed before they did or burnt. The small platforms likely removed to make track maintenance easier. In the dying years of pax rail, I cannot imagine the railway throwing too much at maintenance of these minor unmanned stations.

Hobart and Launceston stations disappeared fairly quickly, especially Hobart as the railway itself worked to modernise the yard into a full scale container terminal.

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