During 1979 I was studying at Fremantle Technical College, during long breaks I made my way down to the Fremantle Railway Station/ yard. Given below are a selection of photos that at the time were just part of the everyday scene, one could not have envisaged the changes to come.
With loading for the woolstores behind, B1609 has run around its train and crosses the mainlines on 23 July 1979. Wool is no longer carried by rail, B1609 was cut up in 1988, the furthest wool store was demolished and has been replaced by the woolstores shopping centre.
X1012 Ballardong climbs the grade through Fremantle heading for Leighton then Forrestfield on 2 July 1979. Three years later X1012 had been withdrawn, any through narrow gauge freight goes via the Forrestfield to Kwinana dual gauge railway. Narrow gauge freight trains no longer go to Leighton Yard. The mainlines are electrified with overhead catenary.
J105 hauls a very short freight ex Leighton through Fremantle on 23 August 1979. J105 is now owned by Great Northern Rail and is based in the eastern states.