The South West Rail and Heritage Centre, located at 33 Turner Street, Boyanup, offers a nostalgic snapshot of life in an earlier era, coupled with some more recent lifestyle activities.
The Centre, administered by the Boyanup Foundation Inc, is home to an eclectic collection of community groups, all of which contribute to the experience that visitors enjoy on the Open Days that operate on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Just a glimpse
The site is approximately two hectares in area, with open spaces, several rail tracks throughout the site which hold various railway rolling stock items, and a number of buildings dotted throughout. These buildings include the entry building which houses the model railway, the blacksmith forge, an old machinery shed, a converted railway roundhouse transported from Bunbury, a workshop, and Simmons Barn relocated from the Simmons farm (the Simmons family were pioneers of Boyanup in the 1860s).
Simmons Barn, see life as it was for our pioneers.
The site is also home to railway rolling stock, owned, maintained and restored by the dedicated Rail Heritage WA volunteers. Pride of place in this collection is the 1898 steam locomotive, 'Leschenault Lady' (being restored), a train that is much loved in the South West, as she provided the power for many tourist train trips. The Centre usually celebrates the birthday of this iconic locomotive in December of each year, as it first entered service with the then WA Railways on December 15, 1898.
Capel Men's Shed
Founding member of the Capel Men's Shed, Gordon Knight demonstrating his woodworking skills.
The Capel Men's Shed is also resident on the site, and here we see an energetic group of fellows engaged in any number of projects working with wood and metal, as well as assisting with maintenance of the site.
The Picnic Van and merry-go-round
Visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and light refreshments served in the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van.
To complete the experience visitors are able to enjoy light refreshments served in the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van and children love the opportunity to have a ride on the 'parent powered' merry-go-round made from recycled materials.
The popular children's merry-go-round, made of repurposed items and powered by 'parent power'.
As an extra bonus, the Boyanup Farmers Market is held on the same day as the South West Rail and Heritage Centre's Open Days, this very successful market with over 30 stalls selling mostly local produce fresh from the farm, completes a fun day.
Check the time table
The South West Rail and Heritage Centre, located at 33 Turner Street, Boyanup, an accessible day trip from Perth, and well worth the experience, is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the fourth Sunday of the month. For more information (or to enquire about group visits at other times), please contact Norm Chapple on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0459 712 552. Check out upcoming open days and event themes on their Facebook page.