Midland Line is a suburban railway line in
Perth, Western Australia. It runs through Perth's eastern suburbs and
connects Perth and Midland.
The line was a part of the first suburban railway line in Perth,
opening on March 1, 1881. It originally operated as the Eastern Railway
between Fremantle and Guildford passing through Perth.
the 1880s, the Eastern Railway line was extended beyond
Guildford and Midland Junction along its first route to
Chidlow and Northam. The second route varied after
Bellevue proceeding to Chidlow.
saw the removal of the Bellevue Railway station in its
construction, with the new Midland railway terminus replacing the
Junction railway station
of the Midland line timetables in the 1950s and 1960's was that
Bellevue was nominally the terminus of the line until
1962. Koongamia, which was a new station prior to Greenmount on the original first route, was the
terminus from 1962 to 1966.
the stations on the first two Eastern Railway routes as
well as the old Midland Junction railway station were closed and
the new Midland was constructed 200 metres to the west and became
the new terminus.
Generally, changes from the 1970s saw a significant number of
stations on the line moved or turned into island platform stations
(to be compatible with the double track, dual-gauge
track configuration between East Perth
24, 2004, Bassendean became the first station to be upgraded under the
Building Better Stations project.
In the earlier decades of the twentieth century, a significant
number of rail-crossing accidents between motor vehicles and trains
occurred. Unattended crossings
provided with boom gates
lights and bells to counter inattention or risk taking from
drivers. Also crossings were reduced, and in a number of locations
bridges were constructed.
In mid-February 2006, an express train from heading from Midland to
Perth, was involved in an accident with a passenger car.
Guildford a tourist, unfamiliar with the road layout
illegally turned right at a set of traffic lights onto the wrong
side of the road crossing the railway.
This lane was not
protected on the oncoming side with a boom gate as it was a one way
lane. The train slammed into the vehicle, dragging it for a short
distance. The accident resulted in the death of the car's driver
but no fatalities or reported injuries to the passenger and driver
of the train.
Airport Railway Connection
In the 1990s the Bayswater Council had put up a proposal for a rail
connection with the airport .
The more recent 2024 Airport
calls for the completion of a rail link that will
connect with the Midland Line between Bayswater Station and
Ashfield Station at the Tonkin Highway. The proposed rail link will
continue above ground along Tonkin Highway to Great Eastern Highway
where it is believed to go underground along Brearley Avenue and to
the terminals in operation at completion of the line.
During peak hours on weekdays, some stopping
exclude stations on this line.
denotes city stations.
- Dark Red
denotes Midland line stations.
- Black denotes terminuses.
A2 Set 47 accelerates out of Success
Hill en route to Midland
Old Stopping Patterns
- Watson, Lindsay The Railway History Of Midland Junction :
Commemorating The Centenary Of Midland Junction, 1895-1995
Swan View, W.A : L & S Drafting in association with the Shire
of Swan and the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation