Rail Heritage WA

Rail Heritage WA is the local trading name of the Australian Railway Historical Society (Western Australian Division) Inc.[1]


The Western Australian branch of the Australian Railway Historical Society was formed in February 1959.[2] In the 1960s the Western Australian Government Railways placed its collection of historical items on loan, later donating the collection in 1992. In November 1974, a museum was opened on land donated by CSBP & Farmers.[3] While its collection is primarily rolling stock that operated in Western Australia, it does have examples from other systems.

It is the owner and manager of the Bassendean based Western Australian Rail Transport Museum. It conducts annual RailFest's (some times designated "Steamfest" if locomotives are active) at the Bassendean museum.

In the past the society conducted extensive rail tours - especially in the late 1960s in the final years of steam operation in Western Australia.[4]

It regularly produces materials that celebrate centenaries and other anniversaries for parts of the Western Australian railway network.[5][6]

It also has contracted consultants for submissions on railway heritage issues in Perth and Western Australia.[7]


It publishes books and pamphlets relative to Western Australian railway history. Recent publication by the organisation include:

  • Higham, Geoffrey (2007) Marble Bar to Mandurah, A History of passenger rail services in Western Australia ISBN 978-0-9599690-9-2
  • Gunzburg, Adrian (2008) Rails in the Bush

It has also published a regular magazine The Westland[8] (sometimes The Westland Express[9] and The Westlander.[10]


  1. ^ Annual Report 2011/12 Rail Heritage WA
  2. ^ Home Rail Heritage WA
  3. ^ Bassendean Rail Heritage WA
  4. ^ (1970) "King Karri" reso tour, 9–12 October 1970. Bassendean, W.A. Australian Railway Historical Society West Australian Division.
  5. ^ (1981) Centenary souvenir : 100th anniversary of the Fremantle to Guildford Railway. Bassendean W.A. Australian Railway Historical Society, W.A. Division, 1981."1st March, 1981"
  6. ^ Higham, G. J. (2006) All stations to Guildford : 125 years of the Fremantle to Guildford railway Bassendean, W.A. : Rail Heritage WA (Australian Railway Historical Society, W.A. Division)
  7. ^ Godden Mackay Pty. Ltd (1992) Midland Railway Workshops, Perth : heritage assessment and conservation strategy : report - prepared for Australian Railways Historical Society (Western Australia). Surry Hills, N.S.W. Godden Mackay
  8. ^ The Westland, The Division, 1985, retrieved 8 November 2012
  9. ^ The Westland express, Australian Railway historical Society, W.A. Division, 1972, retrieved 8 November 2012
  10. ^ Westlander, Australian Railway Historical Society, W.A. Division, 1900, retrieved 8 November 2012

External linksEdit

  Media related to Western Australian Rail Transport Museum at Wikimedia Commons