Midland Railway Workshops

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The Midland Railway Workshops ran for close to a century on the Eastern fringe of Perth, Western Australia.

Large and multifaceted, the Workshops were vital to the development and maintenance of the West Australian rail system, and a crucial training ground for skilled tradespeople. Their closure in 1994 brought to an end not only a specific industrial complex but also a complex social community.

Despite the harsh, dirty and often dangerous working conditions, many thousands of former workers regretted the loss of the traditions, camaraderie and pride in workmanship that characterised their Midland working lives. The Local History Collection holds published items, plans and reports, photographs and oral histories relating to the Workshops.