Train spotting in the Perth area

 
  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
For what it’s worth, the last two (maybe 3) occasions I have been in Fremantle, the Watco container shuttle has ambled through South Fremantle at about 10:00 on the way into port.

Including this morning. Unfortunately, I was meeting a client, so couldn’t get any photos.

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  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
For what it’s worth, the last two (maybe 3) occasions I have been in Fremantle, the Watco container shuttle has ambled through South Fremantle at about 10:00 on the way into port.

Including this morning. Unfortunately, I was meeting a client, so couldn’t get any photos.
SinickleBird
I live next to the line south of South Beach, there are quite a few movements a day, ones I can remember are 4.30am, 8am, 10am, Midday, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm and 10pm, 11.30pm.  I can't remember the directions and the times are rubbery but it may be of interest.  There really is only 2 trains running, the Watco and the ARG (or whoever has it now?)  2 Saturdays ago the track inspection train ran through with silver coaches, looked great, unfortunately it took me by surprise so I could not get a picture.  The only narrow gauge I have seen for a long time was a works train making it's way to the Transperth network with its amber lights flashing.
  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
The third (narrow gauge) rail shows no sign of use - well rusted.
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
For what it’s worth, the last two (maybe 3) occasions I have been in Fremantle, the Watco container shuttle has ambled through South Fremantle at about 10:00 on the way into port.

Including this morning. Unfortunately, I was meeting a client, so couldn’t get any photos.
SinickleBird
I live past where the duel gauge becomes dedicated standard gauge and narrow gauge, the narrow gauge looks very rough and rusty condition.  There is no narrow gauge freight to the harbour now as it's all container, so the narrow gauge is only used for maintenance transfers to Transperth network or ballast/rails to Leighton sidings, I have seen a narrow gauge rail train come through a while back.  The narrow gauge was used years ago for the Steam specials but that has gone.

Many years ago wheat trains used this line hence duel gauge, but the wheat loading was moved to Kwinana so nothing now.
  NorthWest Locomotive Fireman

Hello,
Member who hasn't checked in for a year or two. I'm an American that's planning on visiting the Perth area sometime in late May. Right now, seems like the Midland area and possibly Thornlie stations are best for a car-less vistor, though I am also likely to try to make it out to Northam. Are these the best locations for variety and traffic, or are there other suggestions? I probably have 2-3 days in WA.

Thanks!
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Hello,
Member who hasn't checked in for a year or two. I'm an American that's planning on visiting the Perth area sometime in late May. Right now, seems like the Midland area and possibly Thornlie stations are best for a car-less vistor, though I am also likely to try to make it out to Northam. Are these the best locations for variety and traffic, or are there other suggestions? I probably have 2-3 days in WA.

Thanks!
NorthWest
I am surprised that no one else answered as they probably know better answers than me.  The Midland area is a good spot for trains leaving and arriving East / West,  The Thornlie station you will see trains between Forrestfield / Kewdale ad Fremantle / Kwinana, quite a busy line better weekdays.

Even though not as busy, a good spot for a photo in my opinion is trains going past the roundhouse in Fremantle from around Phillimore St, I think there are about 5 trains each way a day, all container trains, the Watco train is a double header.  
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