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Latest news- Oct / Nov

Spirit of the West - Official Ministerial Launch

Photo : John Bollans

The Spirit of the West restaurant train was oficially lauThe Spirit of the West restaurant train was officially launched today
by three state Ministers, The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan (Minister for
Planning & Infrastructure) The Hon. Clive Brown (Minister for State
Development, Touhed rism & Small Business) and The Hon. Michelle Roberts
(Minister for Police and Member for Midland).

The special train comprising K205, HGRA96(power car), AF26, D20,
BRBF1, AVEP 350 (brake) ran from East Perth to the loop at Jumperkine
(25 mins east of Midland) and return, carrying the Ministers and
invited guests. The train is kept and serviced in the old Midland
Workshops.

This is the official Ministerial Release:

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.

The Spirit of the West website is http://www.spiritofthewest.com.au/

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