Transperth Trains

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Transperth Trains
Transperth Trains.svg
Perth station platform2.jpg
A series trains at Perth station in January 2005
Overview
Owner Public Transport Authority
Locale Perth
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 6
Number of stations 69
Annual ridership 65.7 million (June 2013)
Operation
Operator(s) Transperth
Technical
System length 173.1 km (107.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6.0 in)
System map

A map of the Transperth railway network

Transperth Trains is a division of Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. It is responsible for operating Perth’s urban passenger rail system, as part of the Transperth network. Annual patronage in 2012/13 was 65.7 million.[1]

History[edit]

The Fremantle to Guildford line commenced operating as a steam-powered service in March 1881, followed by the Perth to Armadale line in May 1889, and the Perth to Joondalup line (now Clarkson) in 1993 and the Perth to Mandurah line in December 2007. The Fremantle line service ceased in September 1979 but was reinstated in July 1983.[2] Diesel trains were used on the rail network until the three lines then in service, the Armadale, Fremantle and Midland, were electrified in the early 1990s.

The first service with the A-series train was introduced in September 1991, with regular services beginning on the Armadale line on 7 October 1991. The Midland and Fremantle lines commenced service with the then-new A-series trains in December 1991.

The conversion from diesel to electric trains was accompanied by many upgrades to the rail network, such as upgrades to stations and tracks, and the cost of the undertaking was estimated at around $109 million.

Northern Suburbs Transit System[edit]

Further information: Northern Suburbs Transit System

The Northern Suburbs Transit System was the name given to the project to provide high-speed passenger rail services to the northern corridor of metropolitan Perth. To service the expanding northern suburbs, Joondalup line was built in the median of the Mitchell Freeway in the early 1990s, after several years of planning.[3] The line was later extended to Currambine in 1993.

Mandurah Line[edit]

Further information: Mandurah railway line

Legislation for the construction of the Mandurah Line was passed in December 1999.[4] The original proposed route branched from the Armadale line at Kenwick, and then ran alongside the freight lines until Jandakot where it would run in the middle of the Kwinana Freeway. However, a bill passed in November 2002 after a change of state government saw that the route would start at Perth, traverse the Kwinana Freeway, and then continue along its initial route after Jandakot.[5]

Construction of the line started in February 2004 and it opened on 23 December 2007.[6]

Thornlie Spur[edit]

Because the Government did not begin its review of the Mandurah Line masterplan until after construction had begun, the tunnel under the Roe Highway had already been constructed. To make use of the new tunnel, the government decided to convert this section into a small spur line to Thornlie.

It was decided that Armadale trains would alternate with Thornlie trains, with the Thornlie trains stopping at all stations and Armadale trains only stopping at Oats Street and Cannington stations. Thornlie station opened on 7 August 2005.

New MetroRail[edit]

Further information: New MetroRail
A geographic Transperth Trains services map

In 2003, the government launched the New MetroRail program as the official name of the upgrades to the rail network. This program included the following projects:

Future expansion[edit]

In the 2009-10 state budget funding was allocated for extending the Joondalup line north to Butler, with construction scheduled to start in 2010.[7] In addition, the Airport Masterplan calls for a spur line from the Midland Line to connect to Perth Airport. The line would deviate between Bayswater and Ashfield stations, run through the suburb of Redcliffe.

While this link has been the subject of studies and plans since at least 2008[8] and appeared in the PTA 2010[9] report it has disappeared entirely from the 2011 report.[10]

A link to Ellenbrook had been promised by Colin Barnett prior to the 2008 elections however this had evaporated by 2011 [11]

Former Premier Alan Carpenter had announced a study on the feasibility of a high-speed rail service running from Perth to the south city of Bunbury as a replacement of the current Australind train service. The study stated a new line could be built just after Cockburn Central station on the Mandurah line, then following the Kwinana Freeway south to the new Perth-Bunbury Highway and following the highway until it reaches Bunbury.

In 2011, the Public Transport Authority announced that the Joondalup line would be extended to Butler. The project is expected to be completed by December 2014.[12]

Current system[edit]

Route[edit]

Transperth runs five train lines with one spur line. These lines are:

All of the above services except the Transwa Prospector and Transwa Avonlink run on narrow-gauge tracks. The Prospector and Avonlink run on standard-gauge tracks and takes the same route as the Midland line services. Consequently the track between East Perth and Midland is dual gauge.

Stations[edit]

Transperth serves the following railway stations:

Armadale/Thornlie Line Fremantle Line Joondalup Line Mandurah Line Midland Line
Perth Bus and train transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
McIver Train transfer Free Transit Zone
Claisebrook Train transfer Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Swan River
Stadium
formerly Belmont Park
Burswood
Victoria Park Handicapped/disabled access
Carlisle Handicapped/disabled access
Oats Street Bus and train transfer CircleRoute
Welshpool
Queens Park
Cannington Bus and train transfer
Beckenham Handicapped/disabled access
Canning River
Thornlie Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Kenwick
Maddington Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Canning River
Gosnells Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Seaforth
Kelmscott Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Challis
Sherwood
Armadale Bus transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access
Perth Bus and train transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
City West Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
West Leederville Handicapped/disabled access
Subiaco Bus transfer
Daglish
Shenton Park Bus transfer CircleRoute Handicapped/disabled access
Karrakatta
Loch Street Handicapped/disabled access
Showgrounds Special event station Handicapped/disabled access
Claremont Bus transfer
Swanbourne Handicapped/disabled access
Grant Street Handicapped/disabled access
Cottesloe Bus transfer
Mosman Park Handicapped/disabled access
Victoria Street
North Fremantle
Swan River
Fremantle Bus transfer CircleRoute Handicapped/disabled access
Yanchep
Eglinton
Alkimos
Butler
Clarkson Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Currambine Handicapped/disabled access
Joondalup Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Edgewater
Whitfords Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Greenwood Handicapped/disabled access
Warwick Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Stirling Bus transfer CircleRoute Handicapped/disabled access
Glendalough Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Leederville
Perth Bus and train transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Esplanade Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Perth Bus and train transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Esplanade Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Swan River
South Perth
Canning Bridge Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Canning River
Bull Creek Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Murdoch Bus transfer CircleRoute Handicapped/disabled access
Cockburn Central Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Aubin Grove
Mandogalup
Kwinana Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Wellard Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Rockingham Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Warnbro Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Karnup
Lakelands
Mandurah Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Midland Bus transfer Transwa Indian Pacific
Woodbridge
East Guildford
Guildford
Swan River
Success Hill
Bassendean Bus transfer Handicapped/disabled access
Ashfield
Forrestfield
Airport Airport interchange
Airport West
Bayswater Bus transfer CircleRoute
Meltham
Maylands Handicapped/disabled access
Mount Lawley
East Perth Transwa Indian Pacific
Claisebrook Train transfer Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
McIver Train transfer Free Transit Zone
Perth Bus and train transfer Transwa Handicapped/disabled access Free Transit Zone
Stations in italics are under planning or under construction.

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

  • 43 two-car first-generation A-series EMU sets/86 carriages
  • 5 two-car second-generation A-series EMU sets/10 carriages
  • 66 three-car B-series EMU sets/198 carriages being delivered

A-series EMU[edit]

A-series at Claisebrook in September 2006

The A-series electric electric multiple-unit sets are two-car trains with a driver’s cab at each end. They were built by ABB and Walkers in Maryborough, Queensland.

The A-series sets were built for the electrification of Perth’s suburban railway system in the early 1990s and the Joondalup line, which was being constructed in the same period. The first was delivered on 1 September 1990. The original order for 43 first-generation trains were followed by an additional order for 5 second-generation trains due to the Joondalup line exceeding passenger estimates. Delivered in 1998, the second-generation trains differ in having LED screens and other upgrades to security and accessibility. A-series sets can be coupled together to form four or six carriage sets.

Specifications

B-series EMU[edit]

B-Series at McIver in February 2010

Introduced in October 2004, the B-series are the newest electric trains to operate in Perth. They were built by Bombardier Transportation and Downer Rail in Maryborough, Queensland, and operate on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines.

Each sets consists of three carriages. The powered 'A' and 'B' cars each have a driver’s cab, while the central 'T' car is entirely devoted to passengers, and supplies power from overhead lines to the powered cars. The B-series trains operate as three, six and nine carriage sets. They have a top speed of 130 km/h.

On 19 September 2006 the Premier of Western Australia, Alan Carpenter, announced that the Public Transport Authority will purchase another 15 new 3-car sets from the EDI Rail-Bombardier Transportation joint venture. The first three B-series railcar sets were introduced on 28 June 2009 and have allowed some of the A-series trains to be transferred to the Midland-Fremantle line. As more sets become available, they will allow the remaining two-car A-series trains currently being used on the Perth-Clarkson line to increase total capacity for the Armadale-Perth and Midland-Fremantle services, with an overall increase of 3,900 passengers, or more than 30%. By January 2016 66 sets will be in service.

Specifications

Past fleet[edit]

Transperth operated 10 ADK/ADB and 10 ADL/ADC class two-carriage diesel multiple units, until sold in 1993 to New Zealand Rail. Locomotive hauled carriage sets were also used. For the 1987 America's Cup yacht regatta in Fremantle, two sets of SX carriages were leased from Queensland Rail.

Depots[edit]

B and A series trains at Claisebrook Depot in July 2005

Transperth trains run from two main depots and one minor depot:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Annual Report June 2013 Public Transport Authority
  2. ^ Mees, Paul (2009). Transport for Surburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age. Routledge. ISBN 978 1844077403. 
  3. ^ Transport 2000 – A Perth Study, Northern Suburbs Rapid Transit Study (File 8722/1). Perth, Western Australia: Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia. 1987.  Accessed at State Records Office of Western Australia, Perth
  4. ^ "PTA History at a Glance, 1976 to 2000". 
  5. ^ "PTA History at a Glance, 2001 to Present". 
  6. ^ "1500 people take the first Perth to Mandurah train journey". Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "2009-10 State Budget: Transport initiatives designed to keep Western Australia moving". Public Transport Authority. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Judge airport rail link fairly: Labor 
  9. ^ Infrastructure Planning and Land Services 
  10. ^ Infrastructure Planning and Land Services 
  11. ^ When is a promise, a broken promise? 
  12. ^ "Butler train station and extension project". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 

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