Fremantle railway station

Fremantle railway station is the terminus of Transperth's Fremantle line in Western Australia.

Fremantle
Fremantle Railway Station (6332571198).jpg
Station front in April 2006
LocationPhillimore Street, Fremantle
Coordinates32°03′07″S 115°44′44″E / 32.051826°S 115.745451°E / -32.051826; 115.745451Coordinates: 32°03′07″S 115°44′44″E / 32.051826°S 115.745451°E / -32.051826; 115.745451
Owned byPublic Transport Authority
Operated byTransperth
Line(s)     Fremantle line
Distance18.7 kilometres from Perth
Platforms2 (1 bay, 1 side)
Tracks4
Bus routes21
Bus stands13, 11 currently in use
Construction
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Architectural styleFederation Free Classical
Other information
Station codeFFE
99351 (platform 1)
99352 (platform 2)
99353 (platform 3)
Fare zone2
History
Opened1 July 1907
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
North Fremantle
towards Perth
Fremantle line Terminus

Former services

Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
North Fremantle
towards Perth
Fremantle line The Esplanade
towards South Beach
TypeState Registered Place
Designated21 September 2001
Reference no.974

HistoryEdit

 
The first Fremantle railway station, 1881
 
North-east view with an A series train at Platform 3 in December 2005

The original Fremantle station opened in Cliff Street on 1 March 1881 as the terminus of the Eastern Railway to Guildford via Perth. As the Eastern Railway was extended its importance grew, becoming an important hub for gold miners arriving in Western Australia via ship and then travelling to the Yilgarn and Eastern Goldfields when the line opened to Kalgoorlie in 1896.

In 1907, a new station and marshalling yards were established 300 metres to the north-east on the site of the former Fremantle Railway Workshops to better service the newly constructed Fremantle Harbour.[1][2][3]

The station was designed by William Dartnall, Chief Engineer of Existing Lines of the Railway Department in 1905.[4] The construction contract, at an estimated cost of £80,000, was awarded in May 1906 to S.B. Alexander and completed on 20 April 1907, with the official opening on 1 July 1907.[1][5][6]

Originally, the station had three 150 metre platforms, one side and one island, with a subway connection and an overall roof.[7][8] This had been taken out of use by the 1960s and was later demolished. Until the 1960s, passenger services continued south of Fremantle to Kwinana. A signal cabin was relocated from the eastern end of the platform to the Bennett Brook Railway in 1985.[9]

The station closed on 1 September 1979 along with the rest of the Fremantle line.[7] Following much public outcry and a change of government, it re-opened on 29 July 1983.[10][11]

Opposite the station once lay an extensive yard. Today, only a stabling siding and dual gauge freight line that is served by trains from Cockburn to the container terminal at North Quay remain.

RestorationEdit

The station features Donnybrook stone construction on the façade with red face brick infill panels on a Donnybrook stone plinth, in Federation Free Classical style featuring a rare example of a large train hall roof. The facade remained unpainted (except for metalwork and timberwork) until it was painted in 1950.[12]

The station was classified by the National Trust in 1974 and entered into the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places in 2001.[1] A rationalisation of the rail reserve in 2004 was part of a plan to revitalise the precinct. In 2005, a program of staged conservation and restoration works in line with a conservation plan prepared in 1999 commenced.[13] This included paint removal and restoration of the main entry façade, refurbishment of most of the internal areas and an electrical upgrade to bring the station up to modern standards. In August 2011, the project was completed with the restoration of external facades of the station building.[11][14]

In popular cultureEdit

Fremantle station featured in the 2006 film Last Train to Freo.

ServicesEdit

Fremantle station is the terminus of Transperth's Fremantle line, with frequent services to Perth that continue through to Midland via the Midland line.[15][16]

PlatformsEdit

[2773] Fremantle station platforms
Stop Platform Line Stopping pattern Destination Notes
99351 1 Fremantle All stations, +s Perth
99352 2 Fremantle All stations Perth No longer used, now an extension of platform 1
99353 3 Fremantle All stations, +s Perth Only used early at morning and early at night on weekdays

Bus routesEdit

Stands 1–5Edit

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10428] Stand 1 906 Rail replacement service to Perth station
[10429] Stand 2 659 to Optus Stadium via Canning Highway, Special Event Service
[10430] Stand 3 548 to Rockingham station via Cockburn Road & Patterson Road[17]
[10431] Stand 4 549 to Rockingham station via Rockingham Road, Thomas Road, Gilmore Avenue, Kwinana Hub bus station & Dixon Road[18]
[10432] Stand 5 530 to Cockburn Central station via Rockingham Road, Yangebup Road, Osprey Road & Hammon Road[19]
531 to Cockburn Central station via Soutwell Crescent, Edeline Street, Marvell Avenue, The Grange & Beeliar Drive[20]
532 to Cockburn Central station via South Terrace, Clontarf Road, Hamilton Road, Mayor Road & Beeliar Drive[21]
520 to Cockburn Central station via Hampton Road, Forrest Road, Adventure World & North Lake Road[22]

Stands 6–10Edit

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10433] Stand 6 Set down only
[10434] Stand 7 999 CircleRoute anti-clockwise via South Street & Southlands Boulevarde[23]Limited stops[23]
[10435] Stand 8 511 to Murdoch station via Lefroy Road, Winterfold Road, McCombe Avenue, Lesouef Drive & Somerville Boulevard[24]
513 to Murdoch station via Lefroy Road, Ralson Street, Cordella Avenue, Coolbellup Avenue & South Street[25]
[10436] Stand 9 103 to Terrace Road, East Perth via Stirling Highway, QEII Medical Centre, Kings Park Road & St Georges Terrace[26]
107 to Claremont station via Stirling Highway & Mosman Park[27]
[10437] Stand 10 998 CircleRoute clockwise via Stirling Highway, Stirling station, Morley bus station[28]Limited stops[28]

Stands 11–13Edit

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10438] Stand 11 111 to East Perth via Canning Highway, Canning Bridge station, Kwinana Freeway & Elizabeth Quay Bus Station[29]
910 to Perth Busport via Canning Highway, Canning Bridge station & Victoria Park transfer station[30]
[10439] Stand 12 160 to Hale Street, East Perth via North Lake Road, South Street, Booragoon bus station & Reynolds Road[31]
148 to Applecross via Bicton & Attadale[32]
158 to East Perth via Bicton & Attadale[33]
[25947] Stand 13 502 to Bull Creek station via Amherst Street, Watkins Street, Sainsbury Road & Leach Highway[34]
915 to Bull Creek station via Marmion Street, Booragoon bus station, Riseley Street & Leach Highway[35]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Fremantle Railway Station". Register of Heritage Places - Permanent Entry. Heritage Council of Western Australia. 21 September 2001. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ Conserving Fremantle Railway Station for Future Generations Public Transport Authority
  3. ^ History of Stations on the Fremantle Line Right Track
  4. ^ "The proposed new Fremantle Railway Station". The West Australian. 12 August 1905. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Fremantle Railway Station". The Sunday Times. 13 May 1906. p. 1. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ "New railway station at Fremantle opened today". Daily News. 1 July 1907. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b Minchin, RS; Higham, GJ (1981). Robb's Railway Fremantle to Guildford Railway Centenary. Bassendean: Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 37, 48. ISBN 0 9599690 2 0.
  8. ^ "New Fremantle Railway Station to be opened on Monday". The West Australian. 29 June 1907. p. 9. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Bennett Brook Railway" Railway Digest September 1999 page 43
  10. ^ MacTiernan, Alannah (29 July 2003). "20th anniversary of re-opening of Perth to Fremantle passenger rail line". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  11. ^ a b Our History Public Transport Authority
  12. ^ McAllister, Philip (2006). "Fremantle Railway Station entry facade conservation". The Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  13. ^ New face of Fremantle Station marks start of precinct's restoration Minister for Planning & Infrastructure 29 December 2005
  14. ^ Waldock, Reece. "Network and Infrastructure". Perth Transport Authority Annual Report year ended 30 June 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  15. ^ Fremantle Line Timetable Transperth 31 January 2016
  16. ^ Understanding Australia's urban railways Bureau of Infrastructure Transport & Regional Economics July 2012 page 12
  17. ^ "Route 548". Bus Timetable 126 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  18. ^ "Route 549". Bus Timetable 125 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  19. ^ "Route 530". Bus Timetable 121 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 7 October 2018].
  20. ^ "Route 531". Bus Timetable 121 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 7 October 2018].
  21. ^ "Route 532". Bus Timetable 120 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 7 October 2018].
  22. ^ "Route 520". Bus Timetable 119 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  23. ^ a b "Route 999". CircleRoute Timetable 200 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  24. ^ "Route 511". Bus Timetable 37 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  25. ^ "Route 513". Bus Timetable 37 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  26. ^ "Route 103". Bus Timetable 32 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  27. ^ "Route 107". Bus Timetable 31 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  28. ^ a b "Route 998". CircleRoute Timetable 200 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  29. ^ "Route 111". Bus Timetable 36 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  30. ^ "Route 910". Bus Timetable 207 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  31. ^ "Route 160". Bus Timetable 34 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  32. ^ "Route 148". Bus Timetable 39 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  33. ^ "Route 158". Bus Timetable 39 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  34. ^ "Route 502". Bus Timetable 38 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 21 July 2019].
  35. ^ "Route 915". Bus Timetable 212 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 19 July 2020].

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