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A Big Past

This is a view of one of the three main workshop buildings at the Midland Railway Workshops on the NE outskirts of Perth..

Each one is 180 x 75 metres (600' x 240').

The Midland workshops were established in 1904 and employed thousands of workers in a multitude of trades that constructed and maintained the engines and rolling stock of the Western Australian Government Railways.


In April 1993, the Richard Court Liberal State Government announced that the workshops would be eventually closed.

A number of protests and rallies were held to save the workshops, but they were not successful.

On 4 March 1994, the remaining workers assembled at the traditional workshops meeting area, the flagpole.

Longtime employee and timekeeper, Kevin Mountain lowered the Australian flag for the last time, ending not only his career but 90 years of Western Australian railway history. (Wikipedia).


Today the majority of the buildings in the precinct are closed down and in danger of further deterioration.

Some have been demolished and some have been repurposed for new uses.

The current Labor state government has said that it would like to see the workshops revived to construct new rail stock.

We wait in anticipation.



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Taken on June 20, 2020