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Training the Troops @ South West Rail And Heritage Centre

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Take A Rail Journey Into Western Australia's History
Although Western Australia's south-west is a tourist magnet at any time of the year, long weekends are especially popular as hoards of families escape the city for a few days close to nature. Just 18 kilometres south-east of Bunbury, Boyanup is a typical little country town, with its South West Rail and Heritage Centre being of particular interest to visitors. Affiliated with Rail Heritage Western Australia, the museum presents numerous fascinating displays relating to the history of rail transport in our state, with a special focus on the south-west region.

This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website
This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website

On Sunday, April 27th, just two days after Anzac Day, the South West Rail and Heritage Centre will be holding a special open day, paying tribute to Australia's armed forces and the crucial role played by rail transport in mobilising troops and equipment around Western Australia and nationwide during times of conflict. Whether you're a young single person, a family with children or a retiree, it's bound to be an interesting day that will include exhibits of rail stock (including locomotives, carriages and wagons) and various smaller artefacts and talks by knowledgeable local volunteers about the role of rail transport during wartime.

This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website
This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website

The museum also houses a comprehensive range of vintage agricultural machinery, which also played a crucial role during both the First and Second World Wars, and visitors are encouraged to take the time to examine these as well. There will even be a demonstration of blacksmithing at a traditional forge on-site and this will also be a fascinating draw-card for visitors, young and old. The open day is also a great opportunity to learn more about the Capel Men's Shed.

This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website
This image is from the Rail Heritage WA website

In a nutshell, this open day at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre is sure to be a fascinating, informative event, and one that the whole family will enjoy. Beginning at 10.00am, the program will continue until 2.00pm. Children's activities will be provided for the youngest visitors, and light refreshments will be also available. Entry is by donation.

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre is situated on Turner Street in Boyanup. Only a short drive from Bunbury and just over two hours from Perth, a journey 'down south' to Boyanup is an easy day-trip. Alternatively, why not head down for the long weekend and make the most of the beautiful autumn weather and country hospitality? To find out more about this upcoming open day, phone Norm Chapple on 0459 712 552 or email For more information about Rail Heritage WA, and the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, take a look at this website.
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Why? This Open Day is bound to be a fascinating journey into WA's history, and will be interesting for the whole family.
When: 27 April 2014 - 10:00 AM to 2:00PM
Phone: 0459 712 552 (Norm)
Where: South West Rail and Heritage Centre, Turner St Boyanup
Cost: By donation
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The first picture looks just like travelling on the Hogwarts Express.
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