Kewdale Freight Terminal

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Coordinates: 31°59′02″S115°57′58″E / 31.983994°S 115.966016°E / -31.983994; 115.966016


Kewdale Freight Terminal
Kewdale Freight Terminal.jpg
Pacific National yard, Kewdale Freight Terminal
LocationKewdale, Western Australia
Operated by Pacific National
No. of platforms3
Rail gauge Standard gauge
Annual TEU 330,000

Kewdale Freight Terminal is a large intermodal rail facility in the Perth suburb of Kewdale, Western Australia. Branching off the Kwinana freight railway, it was built in the 1960s to replace the Perth marshalling yard. It initially comprised ten narrow gauge (1067mm) and seven standard gauge (1435mm) arrival roads. [1]

The first narrow gauge sidings opened in early 1967; the first standard gauge sidings in November 1968. [2]


Transwa depot Kewdale Freight Terminal Transwa Prospector Depot.jpg
Transwa depot

Redevelopment plans

BP fuel siding Kewdale Freight Terminal BP Siding.jpg
BP fuel siding

All rail freight in and out of this terminal is moved on a single standard gauge track that crosses Daddow Road, and this level crossing has become a congestion headache for road users in the industrial area. In November 2005 the Federal Government announced it had allocated $11.5 million for the construction of an overpass at the level crossing. [6] [7] Now it is completed.

Rail operators Aurizon, Pacific National and Transwa share common sections of the yard which can also lead to congestion. Apart from the departure road, the yard is unsignalled. Track occupation of the common sections - north service road, eastern diagonal, and western diagonal - is manually managed by radio communications with Arc Infrastructure Eastern Train Control.

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  1. "Freight Terminal at Kewdale" Railway Gazette 21 June 1968 pages 453, 454, 456
  2. Westrail: a concise history. Perth: Westrail. 1981. p. 10.
  3. Kewdale rail terminal to grow Western Australian Business News 16 January 2008
  4. United Group strengthens rail business with $45 million in new contracts United Group 17 October 2002
  5. Annual report for year ended 30 June 2015 Public Transport Authority
  6. Multi-million dollar expansion to boost local WA industry Premier of Western Australia 8 November 2005
  7. State injects $22m in transport roads in Kewdale-Kwinana and SW Western Australian Business News 9 November 2005