Fremantle Stuff > organisations > railways. See also railway bridges, and buildings > railway stations.


Construction of the railway line to Fremantle began in 1879, and was formally opened by Governor Robinson 1 March 1881.

There have been two railway stations in Fremantle, and two railway bridges. One of each remains. There was also a railway workshops complex in the West End of Fremantle, on Cliff and Phillimore Streets. It was re-established at Midland Junction in 1895 because the land on which the workshops stood was required for harbour facilities.


The first railway station. See also the 'Residency' for more photos.


The current railway station with its white swans. See also the page for the railway station. The building is at the end of Market Street on the site where a market was intended (in the 1830s) to stand, but it was never established.


This 1888 photo shows the 1881 railway station on what used to be The Green - to the left of the photo - with workshops adjoining.

In September, 1898, the railway line to Kalgoorlie was opened for traffic. The trade of Fremantle expanded rapidly; the large public works of the Mundaring Weir, the new harbour and new railways brought a continuous stream of people to the town. The building of hotels, banks, warehouses, shops and residences reached a high level, if not a peak period. Skilled tradesmen in all classes of trades had a good year. The increased gold yield gave confidence to financial, shipping, insurance and mercantile institutions, and their increased activities were reflected in the trade passing through the Customs and banks. (Hitchcock: 76)

References and Links

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia, 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Diesel trains in Fremantle in youtube video

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