These pages focus on Geraldton & the Midwest in Western Australia
and the rail scene in this area. Rail operations centre on the QR National's operations at its two depots Narngulu
West and Narngulu East both of which are situated on the outskirts of the Port City of Geraldton.
In 2012 Watco will commence operations in the area on behalf of CBH.
Trains operating in the area include:
- Grain from two lines, the former Midland Railway and the South Line
(the former Northam to Mullewa Railway) now open as far south as Maya via Mullewa, Morawa & Perenjori.
- Mineral Sands trains from the Eneabba branch via Dongara to Narngulu,
a coal train used to run from Collie in the South West to Narngulu but this ceased in 2010.
- Iron ore trains operate from Ruvidini (Mullewa), Tilley (Morawa),
Perenjori and later in 2012 Karara.
In 2005 there was a new railway constructed between Narngulu and
the Port of Geraldton. The new line opened in September of that year and the old foreshore railway was decommissioned
and removed, all photos showing trains on the old line in our earlier galleries are now part of history.
A big thanks to all who work in the rail industry for allowing us
to photograph our favourite subject trains.
We hope you enjoy our pages and remember safety first when near rail lines.
These pages feature the photos of the Melling boys and their Dad Phil Melling.
You may note some differencies with numbering/ classification on locomotives this is due
to a renumbering scheme and further modifications to existing locos eg. DA 1571 became DAZ 1901, P2001 became P2501.
Link to our RailWA Flickr Site
Two of the DFZ class are painted in QR National colours, here we see both of them DFZ2402/ DFZ2403
on an empty iron ore train heading to Ruvidini (Mullewa) on 13 November 2011.
Rio Tinto's 9401 is seen on a low loader just north of Geraldton heading to the Pilbara on 13 May 2007. 9401
had been repaired in Perth after a derailment.
ARG liveried 1907 & AWR liveried A1514 combine
to haul a loaded mineral sands near Narngulu on 20 March 2004. Showing how the railscene continues to change, since this
photo was taken A1514 was renumbered to 1204 and transferred to Port Lincoln and 1907 also relocated to Whyalla so both are
now in South Australia, ownership of the locos has also been transferred.
The then English Electric Company Australian manufacturing
plant produced these two locomotives for the former Western Australian Government Railways Commision. R1905/RA1909 haul a
talc/grain train near Arrino heading for Geraldton on 7 October 1983. Both locos have been scapped and talc is no longer hauled