The Australind at Bunbury Passenger Terminal in January 2014
|Service type||Passenger train|
|Locale||South West Western Australia|
|First service||24 November 1947|
|Current operator(s)||Transwa (since 2003)|
|Former operator(s)||WAGR (1947-1975)
WAGR Commission (2000-2003)
|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 service began on 24 November 1947 and was hauled initially by steam locomotives. 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.
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.
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.
- North Dandalup
- Brunswick Junction
- Bunbury Passenger Terminal
- "The Australind - Fast Day Train to Bunbury". Kalgoorlie Miner. 26 Nov 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- Dunn, John (2013). Comeng A History of Commonwealth Engineering 1985-1990. Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 113–122. ISBN 9781922013521.
- Australind Timetable Transwa
- Annual Report June 2011 Public Transport Authority
Media related to Transwa Australind at Wikimedia Commons