Spirit of the West (train)
|Service type||Restaurant train|
|First service||18 October 2002|
|Last service||31 May 2008|
|Former operator(s)||South Spur Rail Services|
The Spirit of the West was a restaurant train that operated out of Perth, Western Australia. It was the brainchild of South Spur Rail Services (SSRS) and began using four restored coaches hired from the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) and a power car purchased from the ARHS and restored to running condition and modified by SSRS.
The train operated under the old Midland Railway Company name, an offshoot of South Spur Rail Services.
The service received two Gold Plate awards for "Best Tourist Restaurant".
The first revenue service was on 18 October 2002. The Spirit of the West restaurant train ceased operation on 31 May 2008.
The consist of the train usually involved a combination of the following:
|K205||South Spur Rail Services locomotive painted in maroon SOTW livery, built by English Electric, Rocklea October 1966|
|HRGA96L||Power van, built in West Germany entered service with Commonwealth Railways 15/11/1952. Purchased by South Spur Rail Services mid 2002. http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_hrga.html#hrga96|
|26AF||Timber lounge car named the "Heritage Carriage", Built at Port Augusta Workshops on the frame of RA688 flat wagon South Australia entering Commonwealth Railways service 31/10/1917, donated in 1995 and restored by the ARHS http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_af.html#af26|
|D20||Dining carriage named the "Colonial Carriage", built in South Australia 1918, donated in 1995 and restored by the ARHS http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_d.html#d20|
|DD136F||ex Murraylander kitchen/dining car named the "Regency Carriage", built by Commonwealth Engineering circa 1964 http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_dd.html#dd136|
|1BRBF||Sleeping carriage named the "Federation Carriage", the first Commonwealth Railways carriage, built in New South Wales circa 1915 http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_abp.html#abp1|
|AFB137V||ex Australian Railroad Group corporate coach built circa 1952, named the "Imperial Carriage" and used for cocktail and corporate functions http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_afb.html#afb137|
|EI84||observation, sleeper car ex Australian Railroad Group, built circa 1952 and named the "Regal Carriage" http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/r_arf.html#arf84|
Due to the occasional motive power shortage, the Spirit of the West was sometimes hauled by another locomotive. Such rare workings included Pacific National's Kewdale shunter 8112, Specialised Container Transports Forrestfield shunter H5, and other locomotives from the South Spur Rail fleet: D48, D49, K206, K210, KA212. D48 was painted similar to K205.
- May, Andrew and Gray, Bill. A History of WAGR Passenger Carriages. Perth:The Author, 2006. ISBN 0-646-45902-3