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This is the first of several pages we hope to develop to give an overview of the Perth Suburban Rail System. This page covers "the eighties".

At the start of the decade the Perth Suburban system was not in an healthy state. In 1979 the Perth to Fremantle line was closed to passengers and up until 1983 the operations were concentrated on the Perth to Armadale and Perth to Midland lines.

In 1983 a new State Labor Government reopened the Perth to Fremantle Rail line to passengers. In 1987 Fremantle hosted the Americas Cup Yacht Races, to cater for the anticipated passenger demand stainless steel loco hauled cars from the Brisbane Suburban system were leased. The Queensland cars formed two sets of loco hauled cars, together with two loco hauled W.A. car sets and also a set of railcars hauled by a loco (as the railcar engines were life expired).

By the end of the decade the Perth system was being electrified and all the old stock would ultimately be replaced by Electric Multiple Units.The turnaround in the fortunes of the system had begun.


Four car ADG/ADA railcar set seen arriving Cottesloe on the Fremantle Line with a service to Perth on 30 November 1986.


AB1535 and a Queensland set near Karrakatta (on the Fremantle line) on 30 November 1986.


A1512 hauling a railcar set just out of Perth City Station with a train from Fremantle on 30 November 1986


A1502 arrives at Cottesloe with a train for Fremantle. 1502 is hauling the Australind consist on an extra service. The Australind normally running the country service to Bunbury. The reason most of these photos and trains taken on the 30 November 1986, the Pope visited Perth and the rail system was heavily utilised to cater for the crowds.


A1513 is seen on the Australind set prior to leaving for Bunbury on the right is HVR W920 and ARHS DD592 with a tour train for Northam. This photo taken on 1 November 1986 shows all the eastern end of the station with its canopies removed as a multi-storey carpark was to be built above this end of the station and tracks.

All of the photos on this page should be sharper when downloaded as the images have been scanned slightly larger than normal. What do you think?