Historical Story of Trains in the Perth Hills
"The Historical Story of Trains in the Perth Hills" is the Heritage Festival Shared Stories in the Kalamunda History Village. The Railway Station buildings and the Locomotive G118 and its Flatbed are part of the original Kalamunda Station on the Upper Darling Range Railway.
The story of trains in the Perth Hills started in 1891, when the railway was built to transport timber from the Hills down to Midland, then to Fremantle to be put on ships to supply timber all around the world.
Trains have played an important part in the life of the settlers in the Hills. During the Festival there will be a booklet ‘Pioneer Tales of the Kalamunda Railway’ which will guide families around the Village describing how the story of the trains affected the local community of the time.
Two videos will be featured throughout the Festival, one in the railway waiting room showing the story of a family living in the Village in pioneer times and their use of the train, the other in the Memorial Building showing the History of the Village and all its buildings.
There will also be four stories on the TV in the small waiting room with commentaries from residents describing how they used the train to travel down the Zig Zag to Perth for school, shopping and their daily lives.