This Collection of photographs were taken by Phil Melling
during his many visits to the Pemberton, Northcliffe area.
Thanks to Phil for allowing us to use his pictures on this
Diesel Mechanical 0-6-0 Comeng working for Bunnings Bros hauls
sawn timber up the steeply graded railway linking the sawmill
with Pemberton's WAGR station yard. The locomotive is today owned
by PTCo and can be occasionally found shunting in the yard
at Pemberton., The building on the right exists today as a
popular Café known as the "Mill House" and the railway
line itself exists albeit only 300ft in length into the mill
beyond where the locomotive sits in this picture. It is still
connected to Pemberton Yard and was still used by PTCo up until
2002 when timber industry changes put an end to the log traffic
being hauled by PTCo from the Diamond Woodchip Mill at
Lyall/Lambert Siding to the Sawmill in Pemberton.
On the 8th January 1984, Ex Midland Railway Co. - WAGR
operated, F class diesel electric, sits in the loop at
Northcliffe yard with a Leschenault Railway Preservation Society
tour awaiting departure. A goods van, most likely a FD with goods
for the supermarket rests in the back loop. All the tracks
visible in this picture remain at Northcliffe today although only
the mainline is serviceable. It has now been almost 20 years
since a real train has operated to Northcliffe with only the
occasional PTCo Tram Car venturing south of the Warren River
bridge when passenger numbers are sufficient.
Another Leschenault Railway Preservation Society tour on 27th
January 1985 with an F unit and some HVTR ex Tasmanian SS cars,
heads North through Diamond siding (approx 15km's North of
Pemberton) toward Manjimup . In the siding appears to be some Q
type bogie flat cars with containers for produce from the area.
The siding is long gone in 2005, although trains hauled by
V1213 still rumble through this location on Sundays during
each winter period.
Thanks again to Phil Melling for the use of these pictures. Phil tells me he has
some other pictures hiding somewhere which one day he will find. We look forward to
seeing those also.