A Loco Welcome for Visitors to Pinjarra
Published on 04 June 2021
A historic steam train is set to become an entry statement for Pinjarra.
Councilors voted at the May Council Meeting to allocate $100,000 from the Rail Heritage and Asset Enhancement Reserves to purchase, refurbish and place a Steam Train Locomotive PMR 735 on the corner of South Western Highway and Pinjarra Williams Road adjacent to the Pinjarra Train Station.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the iconic and valuable heritage asset will be an eye-catching entry statement that celebrates Pinjarra’s rich rail history.
“It will be a significant drawcard to the town of Pinjarra.
“Council’s decision is consistent with the objectives of the Pinjarra Rail Heritage Precinct Master Plan, which is currently being developed to ensure the Precinct’s protection into the future and to celebrate its history, through strategic planning and development,” Cr. Bolt said.
The locomotive is being purchased from a private owner and may be the last of six remaining in Western Australia, with one still in use by Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and the others stationed at the Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, Steamtown Rail Heritage Centre, Northam Railway Station and Coolgardie Railway Station.
Pinjarra's rail history dates back to 1893 when the Pinjarra Train Station opened. The extension of the railway to Pinjarra was a catalyst for the development of the town, surrounding hills and Coolup.
Its goods shed, engine shed, carriage shed and barracks retain functions close to their original uses with the engine shed one of the oldest remaining in the state and the carriage shed one of the only surviving sheds in Western Australia.
It is hoped that the train will be in place by the end of 2021.