Cockburn History: Spearwood Railway Station

Photo © Azelia Ley Homestead Museum/Cockburn Libraries
The Spearwood Railway station is a long-forgotten part of Cockburn’s heritage. In 1905, farmers in the Jandakot area succeeded in their campaign for a railway line to be built from Fremantle to Jandakot, and the line was finished in 1906.
The first mentions of a railway station at Spearwood appear in 1909, when some of the buildings at the Jandakot station were moved to the Spearwood station. Trains ran once a day in each direction. The station was located at the intersection of Rockingham Road and the train line, where Goldsmith and Mell Roads meet Rockingham Road, close to St Jerome’s Church. It was little more than a raised wooden platform covered with dirt and a couple of wooden sheds.
Photo © Rail Heritage WA 1964
Although the line was closed to passengers in the 1950s, the nearby Watsonia factory could occasionally persuade the railway service to tack on a couple of extra carriages for special occasions. One Cockburn resident remembers catching the train from Spearwood to the Royal Show in the 1960s with all the factory workers and their families and friends. Passenger tours also ran along the line during the 1960s, although they didn’t stop at the old stations.
The old Fremantle-Jandakot Line is now the Fremantle-Forrestfield freight line, and all that is left of the Spearwood Station are a few wooden posts stuck in the dirt.
Photo © Weston Langford Railway Photography #106982, 1966

For more local history articles and photos, head over to the Cockburn Libraries Our Page in History page.


Leah

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I work as the Reader Services Librarian at Spearwood Public Library. I order the books, and I take requests for anything you can’t find in the library! I also research and write local history articles for the Cockburn Soundings, and for anyone who has a local history question.

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  1. Such a shame, another example of the thuggery of the trucking industry and their “brown paper bag” antics! this state and wonderful city has lost so much rail heritage to the insidious diesel polluters and the fat cats of the trucking industry and their politician stooges! RIP WA rail!!!

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  2. Spearwood is the forgotten suburb. Forgotten by the Council and our Councillors who are supposed to be our representatives, yet have not taken the initiative supposedly put forward by the Phoenix (Spearwood) revitalisation plan. What has been done with Spearwood rates over the last 10 years that has benefitted Spearwood. The PRP is not even mentioned now, even though many $1000s have been spent for consultants in the process? The elections upcoming will be a test of our supposed representatives. What was proposed and what has been done?

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