Well, the big day is now over and what a day it was. It is estimated that between 400 and 500 people attended and quite a few indicated interest in helping in some form or another to keep the SWRHC "moving forward".
For those who couldn't attend: the Boyanup Fire Brigade had its fast attack truck on display
an impressive array of vintage motor bikes, including 1 with a sidecar, to examine, admire and/or drool over
a similarly impressive array of vintage cars, including a 1920s Chevrolet that took 9 years to restore to its current pristine condition, and a 1950s Foden tip truck with the curved split windscreen that reminds me of Rhonda's eyes in her sunburnt face in that terrible AAMI ad on TV
"Leschenault Lady" showed her insides to the world and the TA class shunter burbled away, with frequent horn blasts
an ADG railcar was open for inspection and allowed our Perth visitors to appreciate how spoilt they are with today's modern railcars
a great array of operating old machines, pumping water, making rude noises and one driving a wicked looking long saw blade that cut through a thick log to provide beautiful burls for those who want to make a real timber coffee table
the "Museum on Rails" van was open for inspection, attached to a buffet car and "Australind" sitting car , with the Boyanup Red Hat Ladies providing tea/coffee and cake to the many people who marvelled at what train travel used to be like
the Men's Shed group also served up plenty of "gourmet delights" via bacon butties and a sausage sizzle, all washed down with cold drinks
a vast array of old agricultural machines, some restored, some undergoing restoration and some requiring lots of TLC
a vast array of photos of transport from by gone days, concentrating on the local area, by the Capel and Districts Historical Society
the "bookshop" from Rail Heritage WA, with lots of different titles and magazines available at extra good prices
The local Boyanup businesses supported us with gusto, providing us with 17 prizes for our "gate raffle", for which we thank them most sincerely.
The SWRHC will now be open every 4th Sunday of each month to coincide with the Boyanup Farmers Market, although in December it will be the 3rd Sunday, the 16th, because of Christmas. The Centre will also be open by appointment for school and group visits.