|Kewdale Freight Terminal|
Pacific National yard, Kewdale Freight Terminal
|Location||Kewdale, Western Australia|
|No. of platforms||3|
|Rail gauge||Standard gauge|
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.
The first narrow gauge sidings opened in early 1967; the first standard gauge sidings in November 1968.
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. 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.