Western Australia Government Railways 2-6-0 No. 233
Boyanup, Western Australia, Australia
Location: South West Rail & Heritage Centre
Status: Operational
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Posted: Oct 27, 2021 @ 06:10:08 by Norman R. R. Birkner
Returned to steam in 2021.
Posted: Jul 29, 2018 @ 05:07:34 by Robin R Beck
In service with WAGR in 1897. From 1909 worked on the isolated Hopetoun to Ravensthorpe railway until the railway closed in 1935. Out of service until 1943, when it returned to the main WAGR system. In the late 60s it ran some steam specials with WAGR 123. It was still used as a shunter at Bunbury until 1972. Worked many more specials based at Bunbury until 1985. For a short time in 1993 it returned to work shunting at Bunning Mill in Pemberton when their diesel loco was out of service. Later it was displayed at the Boulder Loopline Museum in Kalgoorlie. Not sure if itoperated there.

Now based at South West Rail & Heritage Centre, Boyanup where it is undergoing a complete overhaul. When Bunbury railway roundhouse was demolished part of it was donated to this museum. Its where 233 chassis is being worked on. Also various carriages from the Bunbury vintage train are being restored here. There maybe be plans to open the Boyanup to Donnybrook railway.

The Boyanup museum is only open to the public one Sunday a month. Normally various volunteers on site each weekend. Prior arrangements can be made to visit on these days. Very friendly.

The Boulder Loopline museum in Kalgoorlie ran railcars on a section of the 1897 Boulder to Golden Mine railway which was mainly built to take miners to & from work. The huge Superpit gold mine has slowly swallowed up the railway line. The museum is based at the Boulder City railway station. There is plenty to see (no steam locos). Various diesel locos & rolling stock, railway exhibits and a military vehicle collection. They report that the State Government has given funds to build an operating railway.