The Prospector passes through Binduli Triangle near Kalgoorlie in February 2010
|Service type||Passenger train|
|First service||29 November 1971|
|Current operator(s)||Transwa (since 2003)|
|Former operator(s)||WAGR (1971-1975)
WAGR Commission (2000-2003)
|Distance travelled||653 km|
|Average journey time||6 hours 45 minutes|
|Service frequency||9 round trips / week|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The Prospector replaced the narrow gauge overnight passenger train named The Westland, which ran on the older Eastern Railway route. It commenced operating on the new standard gauge line on 29 November 1971. The Prospector cut the 653 kilometre journey time from 14 hour to 8 hours.
In 1971 Comeng, Granville built five WCA power cars and three WCE non-powered trailers. They travelled over 20 million kilometres and carried 2.6 million passengers over 33 years before being retired in July 2005. These held the record for the highest speed attained by an Australian train until bettered by a New South Wales XPT in September 1981.
In June 2004 a new generation of seven railcars built by United Goninan, Broadmeadow entered service. The new railcars are built for a top speed of 200 km/h, but track conditions currently allow a maximum speed of only 160 km/h. These consist of three WDA driving cars, three WDB driving cars without buffet, and a motored WDC non-driving car. These form two 2-car and one 3-car sets. An additional 2-car set of the same design was purchased at the same time for the AvonLink service.
- (as at February 2013)
- East Perth Station
- Midland Station
- Hines Hill
- Moorine Rock
- Southern Cross
- Bonnie Vale
- "Future prospects for the Prospector" Railway Digest October 1997 page 18
- Prospector - East Perth to Kalgoorlie Transwa
- Cooke, David (1984). Railmotors and XPTs. Australian Railway Historical Society NSW Division. ISBN 0 909650 23 3.
- "Transwa - Prospector track trails". www.transwa.wa.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
- "Prospector enters new era". The Golden Mail. yourguide.com.au. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
- "Australia's fastest trains enter service". International Railway Journal. findarticles.com. September 2003. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- Timetable Files Transwa
- 100th anniversary of rail link (History of the Eastern Goldfields railway, officially completed on 1 January 1897, to the present, including introduction of the Prospector train on 29 November 1971) Kalgoorlie Miner 1 January 1997, p. 2
- 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.