Mingenew. It is difficult to define just what
is history, this photo was only taken on 5 April 1994 but you would not be able to get the same photo today. Apart from the
goods shed (on the right) having been demolished. The locomotives AA1518/AA1515 are no longer in Western Australia having
become surplus to requirements and sold to Chile in South America. The grain wagons are also of a type no longer used
DA1575&AA1516 climb a grade approximately 5km
north of Dongara with a loaded grain train for Geraldton Port on 23 March 1997. A few more photos taken in the Dongara area
feature on our new page "Dongara".
DA1576 is seen at the Talc loading point at Three Springs on 8 October
2001, the last few wagons are often loaded with the loco performing the shunting. Earlier in the day the Loco is stabled away
from the train and the wagons are rolled under gravity or with the aid of a tractor.
How times change, and just how quickly, DA1571+DA1574 accelerate
their loaded grain train out of Arrino (after loading there) and head for Geraldton on 2 April 2000. DA1571 is now in Westrail
Yellow, DA1574 is in Australian Railroad Group colours and the XNW wagons (the aluminium wagons in the consist) are now
on the Port Lincoln Division of the Australian Railroad Group.
hauls a loaded Mineral Sands train towards Narngulu on 10 November 2001. The train is seen only a couple of kilometres south
of Narngulu. The first XE wagon has had its Westrail name and Logo painted out reflecting the new ownership. This train consisting
of 50 XE wagons has an all up gross weight of over 3775 tonnes, not a bad load for a single locomotive.
R1901 stands at Coorow
with a freight working for Forrestfield on 3 December 1988. The loco has gone, the station building still survives.