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The Kalgoorlie area has always been popular with railfans due to the variety of trains passing through the towns boundaries. In the early`80's through working of Locomotives to Perth on freight and passenger trains did not occur, Kalgoorlie was the interchange point for the then ANR and Westrail.

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GM5+GM21 haul an eastbound Indian Pacific east of Parkeston on 17 January 1981

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CL17+GM43 haul an eastbound freight past Kalgoorlie Loco on 17 January 1981


KA212 hauls a loaded Nickel train to Kalgoorlie, (just north of the town)on 17 January 1981.

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AL24+GM37+GM23 haul a westbound freight through Kalgoorlie Station on 21 August 1982.


In the late 1980's Australian National had a locomotive shortage and a number of Westrail L class units were hired for the run across the desert. Here we see DL47+L271 hauling a westbound freight through Golden Ridge (East of Parkeston) on 1 October 1989.


With the DL class entering service we see DL48, CL12 and GM10 side by side at Parkeston on 1 October 1989.