Transwa Australind

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Transwa Australind, Bunbury Passenger Terminal, 2014.JPG
The Australind at Bunbury Passenger Terminal in January 2014
Service type Passenger train
Status Operational
Locale South West Western Australia
First service 24 November 1947
Current operator(s) Transwa (since 2003)
Former operator(s) WAGR (1947-1975)
Westrail (1975-2000)
WAGR Commission (2000-2003)
Start Perth
End Bunbury
Distance travelled 167 kilometres
Average journey time 2 hours 30 minutes
Service frequency Twice daily
Line used South Western
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Australind is a passenger rail service operated by Transwa between Perth and Bunbury on the South Western Railway. The train was named to commemorate the city of that name envisioned by Marshal Waller Clifton on Leschenault Inlet 100 years previously. The current hamlet of Australind, a satellite town of Bunbury, has never had a passenger rail service, nor even a railway line. The train departs from Perth Railway Station, the only Transwa train to do so, as all the others run on standard gauge, whereas the Australind uses narrow gauge The train follows Armadale Line tracks to Armadale.


The Australind departs Perth in March 1986 hauled by an X class
The Australind at Claisebrook in April 2002

The Australind service began on 24 November 1947 and was hauled initially by steam locomotives.[1] With an average speed of 63 km/h, it was the fastest narrow gauge passenger train in Australia. In 1958 X class diesel locomotives took over. On 16 November 1987 the current Diesel Multiple Unit railcars took over the service reducing journey times to 2 hours 30 minutes.[2][3]

Rolling stock[edit]

In August 1985 Westrail awarded Comeng, Bassendean a contract for five Westrail ADP/ADQ class railcars, three ADPs with driving cabs and two ADQs, using a similar body shell and interior fitout to the New South Wales XPT carriages. Each carriage was powered by a Cummins KTA19 coupled to a Voith transmission. They usually operate as a four carriage set.[2]

In July 2003, the DMUs were painted in a new livery in line with the formation of Transwa. In 2007, the DMUs were painted white as part of a refurbishment program. In 2010/11 new seats were fitted.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Australind - Fast Day Train to Bunbury". Kalgoorlie Miner. 26 Nov 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Dunn, John (2013). Comeng A History of Commonwealth Engineering 1985-1990. Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 113–122. ISBN 9781922013521. 
  3. ^ Australind Timetable Transwa
  4. ^ Annual Report June 2011 Public Transport Authority


  • Higham, G J (2007). Marble Bar to Mandurah: A History of Passenger Rail Services in Western Australia. Bassendean, WA: Rail Heritage WA. ISBN 9780980392203. 
  • May, Andrew S; Gray, Bill (2006). A History of WAGR Passenger Carriages. Midland, WA: Bill Gray. ISBN 0646459023. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Transwa Australind at Wikimedia Commons