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Whilst only a relatively small country passenger rail operation compared to the likes of NSW and Victoria, the WAGR nonetheless had very comfortable country passenger trains that featured either buffet-lounge cars or full dining cars. The following is a summary of the last 20 years of operations as there were obviously many changes etc over time.
The Westland operating from Perth to Kalgooorlie was the WA connection to the Commonwealth Railways Trans Australia Express. It was an all sleeping berth overnight train with AV Class Dining Cars (frequently at busy times two dining cars) that operated from Perth to Cunderdin serving dinner to all passengers where they along with their Dining car crews were then detached, the Up Kalgoorlie to Perth Westland Express would then attach the dining car(s) in the early morning for the run to Perth serving breakfast. In addition to the dining car(s) The Westland also operated a very comfortable AYL class lounge car for first class passengers which remained attached for the entire journey. The Westland carried interstate passengers only.
Complementing The Westland on the Perth to Kalgoorlie corridor was the overnight Kalgoorlie Express that served all intermediate stations. It had first and second class sleeping cars and an AYS class buffet lounge car that divided the first and second class sections. These AYS buffet cars served refreshments and light meals, provided a lounge section either side for sleeping car passengers and were also the sit up car for First class passengers. Both AYS buffet cars were named: Colgoola and Boulder.
The Mullewa Express operating Perth to Mullewa via Wongan Hills (with a connecting road coach to/from Geraldton) had a buffet lounge car with cafe/lounge section for all passengers plus a First Class seating area for intermediate passengers. Again light meals and refreshments were available.
The Albany Progress (the last overnight sleeping car train to run in WA on narrow gauge) had a very similarly configured buffet lounge car to the The Mullewa's. Both were coded AQL.
On Friday's, an extra train to Albany the Albany Weekender also operated overnight with first and second class sleepers plus an econony sit up car. This train used the standby AYD class buffet car off the Australind (Perth-Bunbury daylight service).
The last of the overnight trains was The Midlander. Operating initially mid week but later transferred to a weekend service it operated across the former Midland Railway line on the coast route Geraldton via GinGin and Moora. It had a true buffet-lounge with swil bar stools at the buffet counter for dining plus a dedicated lounge saloon.
As stated earlier all of these trains had various changes to the operation such as at one stage The Westland used to also run dining cars between Kalgoorlie and Yellowdine, prior to the introduction of the new diesel hauled Trans Australia Express and dieselization of the Westland itself which speeded up both trains eliminating the need for two sets of Dining Cars for the Westland.
In addition to the overnight country trains the locomotive hauled Australind from Perth to Bunbury had a comfortable buffet car and at one stage had both a first and a second class buffet car. When the train was modernised in the 1960's the second AYD buffet was transferred to the new Albany Weekender.
Wiikpedia does provide some details of these trains for further reference.
The above however is just a high level summary of these little known but very,very comfortable and unique Dining and Buffet-lounge cars. Fortunately 2 dining cars and at least 4 buffet cars have been saved and are with the ARHS Museum at Bassendean and the Hotham Valley Railway at Dwellingup.
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