Spearwood railway station

Spearwood railway station was a railway station on the Transperth network. It was located on the Spearwood-Armadale line, 25.5 kilometres (15.8 mi) from Perth station in Spearwood.

Spearwood
Towards the site of Spearwood Railway Station (cropped).jpg
The station was on the far side of the road crossing in this photo.
General information
LocationRockingham Road, Spearwood
Australia
Coordinates32°06′24″S 115°47′09″E / 32.1066346°S 115.7857021°E / -32.1066346; 115.7857021Coordinates: 32°06′24″S 115°47′09″E / 32.1066346°S 115.7857021°E / -32.1066346; 115.7857021
Owned byPublic Transport Authority
Operated byTransperth
Line(s)Fremantle
Distance25.5 kilometres from Perth
Platforms1
Tracks1
Construction
Structure typeGround
Services
Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
Robbs Jetty
towards Perth
Fremantle line Terminus

HistoryEdit

On 1 April 1906, the Spearwood-Armadale line opened from a junction with the Fremantle line at Robbs Jetty to Jandakot, being extended to connect with the South Western Railway at Armadale on 15 July 1907.[1] In 1909, some of the buildings from Jandakot station were moved to Spearwood station.[2] The station was little more than a raised wooden platform covered with dirt and a couple of wooden sheds. Initially only served by freight trains, a passenger service began in 1913.[3]

Spearwood didn't gain a station platform until after 1923.[4][5] It was the last station on the line to get a platform.[5]

Passenger services ceased on the line in the 1950s, running after that time for only special occasions such as the Perth Royal Show, for employees of the Watsonia factory.[2]

The Jandakot line was curtailed to become a freight only line to Bibra Lake in the 1960s, with the final section closing in 1991.[1] The section through Spearwood became part of the Fremantle to Forrestfield freight line after alterations to the line were made for the 1987 America's Cup. All that is left of the station are a few wooden posts stuck in the dirt.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John (2000). Australian Railway Routes 1854 - 2000. Redfern: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 64. ISBN 0 909650 49 7.
  2. ^ a b "35 Years". Cockburn City Council. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ History of Cockburn City of Cockburn page 14
  4. ^ "Spearwood Show, a Successful Display". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 2 March 1922. p. 7. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "News and Notes". Perth Gazette. Perth: National Library of Australia. 24 August 1923. p. 8. Retrieved 20 May 2015.

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