Perth Gunzel Hot Spots

 
  Zodiac Junior Train Controller

Location: The Never Never
I'll be in Perth on business for two weeks very shortly.

Any advice as to where I should head to for some gunzelling goodness would be appreciated.

Thanks

Zodiac

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  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Well, if i was in Perth and a rail fan, i would be heading out to old Midland. Not to be confused with the Midland Suburban Terminus.
  fowler Station Staff

If rail fan, Head out to Whiteman park for all your train needs. Steam trains should be running on Saturday and Sunday you can also go to revolutions catch the bus or ride a tram.
  bagus70 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wanting to revisit Australia again.
Back when I was in Perth, Midland was my favorite gunzelling place for me. Following behind was the area around Swan river in Guildford.

At one point one of my friend invited me to visit Forrestfield and Kewdale yard.

They're all good places for Gunzeling.
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
IF you don't have transport, Midland is definitely the place to go. Fremantle from mid morning to late afternoon also sees a few freight trains roll through, although about 1 -1.5 hours apart.

If you have wheels, then Kwinana is the place to be. You can get there by public transport and a bit of walking, but you really need a car to make to most of it.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Dwellingup has steam action every weekend, with multiple movements consisting of two "Steam Ranger" Tours every Sunday.

http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/Dwellingup%20Rangers.htm
(info on Steam Rangers.....)

http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/new_page_6.htm
(info on Dwellingup the town....)

Have fun wherever you go! - just stay clear and safe......

Very Happy
  JACKO Station Master

Location: Chasing Train's with Nikkon Camera
I was in Perth for Two Weeks in November 2010 and Spent One Week on the Level Crossing between Midland & Wood Bridge. Stay Off Trans Perth Train Stations because I was told that if I was Caught by a Transit Officer I would be Locked up in the Cells. So i went to East Perth Train Station to Make Enquires about getting a Photo Permit and the smeg Holes did not want to Help Me One Bit.
  bagus70 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wanting to revisit Australia again.
Stay Off Trans Perth Train Stations because I was told that if I was Caught by a Transit Officer I would be Locked up in the Cells.
"JACKO"


So, I've made a right choice then by photographing under the Swan river bridge to the east of Success Hill station.

It's a nice a scenic place for photograph...
  NR29 Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth Australia
If you don't have Car , Midland old platform is good for Interstate freighters and local intrastate bulk train i.e Grain and

Mundijong is good for most of SW traffic from Kwinana to Pinjarra and sometimes Bunbury section. You can catch The Australind or Bus there.
  NiSig Locomotive Driver

Location: South of the River, Perth WA
On the Public Transport Authority's own website it states that in essence members of the public (ie not news media) taking photos for private purposes (ie not for profit) do not require any sort of permit to take photos on or near railway stations.  Any Transit Officer who tries to tell you otherwise is wrong.  But by the same token be sensible, don't block entrances or exits and don't use tripods or flashes.

Go here

http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/AboutUs/Advertisingandfilmingenquiries.aspx

print it off and keep it with you.

However, don't be tempted to go anywhere inside any fencelines to get a shot.  But with plenty of level crossings, overpasses and footbridges around you won't really need to.  If you're planning on checking out Forrestfield or Kwinana make sure you get permission to be there (you may have to do a site induction).

As previously stated by other posters, be safe and happy gunzelling.
  node09 Junior Train Controller

Midland is good as people have said. I am only really interested in seeing interstate freighters myself. If you have a car Toodyay is also good. But I hope you are patient as there is very little East/West traffic during the day. I have sat for hours and hours and seen nothing. Despite what people say about it being a busy line that is garbage.

I've had the same experience a couple of months ago up in Port Hedland also. I was led to believe it was busy and there would be heaps to see. Saw 1 train??
  SKVT Junior Train Controller

Location: Iapetus
You might like to visit Brunswick. It is easily acessible by the Australind and sees a reasonable amount of traffic along South West main and from the Collie branch.
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Midland is good as people have said. I am only really interested in seeing interstate freighters myself. If you have a car Toodyay is also good. But I hope you are patient as there is very little East/West traffic during the day. I have sat for hours and hours and seen nothing. Despite what people say about it being a busy line that is garbage.

I've had the same experience a couple of months ago up in Port Hedland also. I was led to believe it was busy and there would be heaps to see. Saw 1 train??
"node09"


You need to be there on the right day.

Sunday is generally the busiest. But that still means a train every hour or so.
You should see 5SP5,4WP2, 7029, 1PM7, 1PA8 (Indian Pacific), 1PS6 and then during the grain season you'll get grain services as well.
  antiussentiment Locomotive Driver
  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth
I've watched trains from Harvey railway station a few times. They generally pass by every 30 - 40 minutes apart from that time they sent 3 trains though only 10 minutes apart. You can stand quite close to the railway legally because of the railway platform and pedestrian  crossing and at reasonable speed.  



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3kvhZdIKrc

I've also  seen trains pass by bells rapids in the Avon valley. I don't know where u can watch up close, but it sounded cool with three locos climbing the hill.
  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth
The other day, I went up to bells near Brigadoon and found a potentially good spot to film a passing train. Is there much interstate traffic going trough there on the weekend? or does any one know when they pass though there?
  NR29 Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth Australia
Saturday not much 7PX4 leave about 545am 7PM1 about 345pm 7PM1 330pm

Sunday: 1PS6 715am
            1PM7 11am
            1PA8 IP 1155am ex East Perth
            4WP2 around 12-lunchtime into Kewdale
            6SP5 around 3ish
            1PM5 330pm
            7430 around about 8-9am
  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth
I finally got the opportunity to go to bells rapids and take a video of a passing freight train. It was a pacific nation passing through at 5.30 pm. Waited more than an hour and a half and just as I was about to give up and started walking to the car, I heard it coming and so got out my camera.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTE8-5RalGY
  Ldavid Locomotive Fireman

First thing that would have gone through the drivers head would most likely have been oh (bleep) Jumper. then would have spotted the camera & thought, I hope nothing is swinging from a wagon or there's a derailment.

Please, please, stay away from the track, you don't stand a chance if something goes wrong.

I don't advocate trespassing onto rail property, but if you have too Rolling Eyes
get yourself a gorilla grip tripod, it can be used to secure a camera to anything its legs will wrap around, start your camera rolling & get the hell out of there.

Your life is not worth a few minutes worth of video or a few pictures.
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Are you a driver ldavid? From that comment I'd say no so may I suggest that you have no grounds to make such a claim.

I have over 15 years as a driver so I feel qualified to make a reply. No, the driver wouldn't have thought "jumper". It's highly likely the driver never saw the photographer - note no blowing of the horn. If they had seen him, the driver would have thought "bloody gunzel - go get a life" or something to that effect. As for worrying about dragging equipment, drivers are more concerned with damaging track, not twits who get too close.

I highly doubt the film was taken within 3 metres of the line, so no-one in the railways would care.
  Ldavid Locomotive Fireman

Are you a driver ldavid? From that comment I'd say no
"crisfitz"


Wrong  Very Happy
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Are you a driver ldavid? From that comment I'd say no
"crisfitz"


Wrong  Very Happy
"Ldavid"


Then why make such a ridiculous statement? Where do you work?
  Ldavid Locomotive Fireman

Are you a driver ldavid? From that comment I'd say no
"crisfitz"


Wrong  Very Happy
"Ldavid"


Then why make such a ridiculous statement? Where do you work?
"crisfitz"


In a loco cab, I have had gunzels/foamers suddenly appear from behind bushes or are in an area where you see them at the last minute and my hand immediately goes for the brake, I have seen other drivers react the same way.

The reason there are out of gauge monitors is because there have been incidents where things are protruding from wagons, and as you would be well aware when there is a derailment, it does not all stack up neatly within three to five mtrs.

My main reason for the post is to educate ones with this hobby, There are ways of getting these shots relatively safely & not unduly stressing drivers.

Anyway here is one of those tripods. great for fence posts, KM pegs, trees etc.



Keep safe.  Very Happy

  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Are you a driver ldavid? From that comment I'd say no
"crisfitz"


Wrong  Very Happy
"Ldavid"


Then why make such a ridiculous statement? Where do you work?
"crisfitz"


In a loco cab, I have had gunzels/foamers suddenly appear from behind bushes or are in an area where you see them at the last minute and my hand immediately goes for the brake, I have seen other drivers react the same way.

The reason there are out of gauge monitors is because there have been incidents where things are protruding from wagons, and as you would be well aware when there is a derailment, it does not all stack up neatly within three to five mtrs.


My main reason for the post is to educate ones with this hobby, There are ways of getting these shots relatively safely & not unduly stressing drivers.

Anyway here is one of those tripods. great for fence posts, KM pegs, trees etc.



Keep safe.  Very Happy

"Ldavid"


You're an idiot. Thank god I never worked with you.
  Ldavid Locomotive Fireman

You're an idiot. Thank god I never worked with you.
"crisfitz"


Insults  Laughing I never resort to personal attacks, I do however find them humorous.    Laughing

If you think safety is a low priority, that is your prerogative, oh well, I will most likely never change you attitude.

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