Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

Clive Brown

Clive Brown

Former Minister for State Development

    New rail restaurant service launched

    30/10/2002 12:05 PM

    An exciting new rail restaurant, Spirit of the West, was launched today by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

    Spirit of the West is a tourist rail venture - consisting of three of Australia’s oldest rail carriages - which have been restored for use as a silver-service meals on wheels experience between East Perth and Fremantle.

    The train will also run to the Avon Valley and be available for corporate and private functions.

    “This venture means these magnificent heritage rail cars will be enjoyed by thousands and at the same time provide employment,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “The train restaurant concept is the brainchild of an innovative, home-grown boutique rail company called South Spur Rail Services.

    “The company formed a strategic partnership with the Australian Rail Historical Society, based at the historic Midland Workshops.

    “Three railway carriages, built between 1915 and 1917, have been extensively renovated to bring them to world-class dining standards.”

    Ms MacTiernan said the historic railway carriages were also a part of our educational, cultural and rail heritage and would now be used in a unique way that recalled the past and looked to the future.

    Tourism Minister Clive Brown said the Spirit of the West would offer a new unique dimension to tourism in WA.

    “The train will be a great tourist attraction, enabling tourists or even Western Australians to enjoy the trip from East Perth to Fremantle, or to have a look at the Avon Valley,” Mr Brown said.

    The Spirit of the West can accommodate 120 passengers, with all meals prepared on board by French-born chef Christian Lacoste.

    The train will offer fully licensed dinner services on Fridays and Saturdays from East Perth to Fremantle and back.

    A Sunday lunch service will also run to the Avon Valley.

    Minister's office: 9213 6400