Perth, Western Australia



Perth is the State Capital of Western Australia, the largest Australian State by area. The city is serviced by an network of Suburban Trains and Buses that is administered by 'Transperth', an agency of the Western Australian Government set up in the late 1980's to better co-ordinate public transport in the Perth Metropolitan area. At the time it combined the bus services of the former Metropolitan (Perth) Passenger Transport Trust, and the suburban rail services of Westrail (Western Australian Government Railways). In 1993 suburban elecrification was launched, the electric multiple units built by Walkers of Maryborough, Qld - the builders of the Brisbane EMU's. As a result they were based vaguely on these sucessful units, although the Perth units consist of only 2 cars instead of 3 in Brisbane. The new Northern Suburbs railway to Joondalup also opened at around this time, with virtually the entire length of the line being laid in the median strip of the Mitchell Freeway with very attractive designed stations, it serves as a model for how new suburban rail lines should be constructed. An extenstion to Currumbine has followed. The former fleet of DMU's were sold to the then New Zealand Railways (Now privatised as TranzRail) in 1994 for use on the Auckland Suburban network. They are still in service in Auckland at present.

Perth has not escaped the recent obsession with privatisation, with bus service privatisation taking place in the late 1990's. However, it has been widely acknowledged that the implementation of privatisation in Perth has been the best in Australia as services still operate under the Transperth label, and not that of the private operator (as has happened in Melbourne, Vic), making it simpler for regular users and visitors alike to use transit and find information on. The suburban (and country passenger eg Australind, Prospector) rail services are still government operated however, and since the sale of the Westrail frieght business to Austraila Western Railroad, the passenger railway has reverted to its previous title of Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR).

Enthusiasts should find the Perth network a pleasure to use with many interesting vehicles to travel on, and is a refreshing change to some of the dreary & dirty east coast systems.

Photo Gallery


EM 213 at Perth City Station.
17/05/1999

EM 222 at Fremantle Station.
17/05/1999

Mercedes-Benz O305 104 at Fremantle Interchange.
17/05/1999

Mercedes-Benz O305 138 at Fremantle Interchange.
17/05/1999

Mercedes-Benz O305 263 on St Georges Terrace, Perth.
13/09/1988

Mercedes-Benz 359 in CityLink Livery lays over in Central Perth.
13/09/1988

The CAT (Central Area Transit) is a free service in the inner-city area.
Scania/DAB 15 is on William St.
17/07/1999

Renault PR180.2 Artic 748 at Fremantle Interchange.
17/05/1999

Like Canberra, Perth is a major Renault operator. Renault PR100.2 572 is on William St Perth.
17/05/1999.

These Mercedes-Benz artics were used initially to replace the
Fremantle Railway between 1979-1983. Now back on regular duties, 482 is at Fremantle Interchange.
17/05/1999

Mercedes-Benz 297 & Renaults 1116 & 1117 at Fremantle Interchange.
17/05/1999

Mercedes-Benz 250 on William St Perth.
17/05/1999


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