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Updated 31/07/2013

Hotham Valley Railway for many years provided extra accommodation for the Dowerin Field Day's event by taking its fleet of Heritage Sleeping Cars to Dowerin.

In August 2002, XA 1401 hauled the  Dowerin Field Days accommodation train from Pinjarra to Dowerin. 

Showing that the X class is still a capable locomotive XA 1401 arrived on time in Dowerin.

The 2002 Dowerin Train hauled by XA 1401, which is currently the only operating X class locomotive in Western Australia, is seen here (above and below) at Armadale Station awaiting a green signal for clearance onto the suburban system where it will travel through to the Kewdale Bypass and across to Forrestfield and Midland before heading up the Avon Valley and out to the wheat belt town of Dowerin

 

It is rare nowadays to see the XA hauling trains on its own and this tour is probably one of the first all W.A.G.R. rolling stock trains to be run for a long time, being made up of Sleeping Cars, the "Mullewa" buffet car, Z9 Brake van and the uniquely Western Australian X class diesel locomotive

A big Thank You goes to John Bollans for the use of these Photographs

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Arrival at Goomalling en - route to Dowerin

 

After arriving in Dowerin, XA 1401 has run around the train and prepares to be stowed for use as accommodation for the 4 nights of the Dowerin Field Days

Dowerin Field Days Return Journey

Thank you to Stuart Jackson for supplying the pictures shown here below

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©Stuart Jackson

Ready for departure from Dowerin

 

©Stuart Jackson

Homeward bound through Goomalling Yard

 

©Stuart Jackson

Windmill Hill Cutting

 

©Stuart Jackson

Late in the afternoon our train is seen on the main line in Midland Yard

How good it is, to see an X class type locomotive on a main line outing, once again !

 

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