Bunbury’s Australind Train Returns To Service

Bunbury’s Australind Train Returns To Service

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Bunbury’s Iconic Australind Train Back On The Tracks

Victor P Taffa

  • 2 Australind railcars returned to service after maintenance outage
  • $700,000 maintenance makes up for almost a decade of neglect under former government
  • Government committed to replacing the train as part of $1.6 Billion Railcar Program

Bunbury’s twice-daily Australind train is back in action after a significant maintenance overhaul.

“We know the Australind service is a vital link between Perth and Bunbury, not only for commuters and locals but also for tourists seeking to access the beautiful South-West.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

Ageing railcar set, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, has experienced recurrent outages over several months.

Impact of years of neglect by the former Government was revealed earlier this year.

“Reality is the process for procuring a new train should have commenced years ago, before the train reached the end of its useful life.” Bunbury MLA Don Punch said.

After extensive fabrication and electrical works, 2 of the 4 railcars are now back in operation. The other 2 cars will be returned to service in the next month, which will improve the reliability of the service.

Transwa has operated a rail service to Bunbury since 1947, with the existing diesel rolling stock introduced in 1987.

Australind train was originally planned to have an operational life of up to 30 years, however, the previous Government failed to plan for or invest in the future of the service, leaving the South-West community with an increasingly ageing train.

Extensive maintenance has been required to keep the rolling stock operating while the McGowan Government procures a new train.

As part of the recent $700,000 maintenance program, engineers identified corrosion in a number of internal brackets and concealed panels, along with air conditioning, auxiliary engine and electrical/earthing issues.

A significant replacement program complicated by the fact that many of the original components with which the train was built are now obsolete has now enabled the train to be returned to service.

During the outage, Transwa passengers were still able to travel via road coaches, with additional options added in an effort to ensure overall journey times were not significantly impacted.

Perth-bound passengers had the option to alight the road coach at Kwinana Station and travel for free via an urban Transperth train into the Perth CBD, in an effort to minimise the inconvenience of traffic delays for passengers.

Next phase in the future of the Australind service is replacement, with a new railcar set to be delivered as part of the State Government’s $1.6 Billion Railcar Program.