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Kwinana Signal Box

Author

City of Kwinana

Place Number

03112
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Location

Kwinana Railway Marshalling Yards Kwinana

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Koojedda Signal Box, Kwinana Box 'B'
Kwinana Railway Yard Signal Cabin

Local Government

Kwinana

Region

Metropolitan

Construction Date

Constructed from 1959, Constructed from 1967

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 13 Jul 2001 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified 11 Jun 2001

Heritage Council
Statewide Railway Heritage Surve Completed 01 Mar 1994

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 13 May 1998 A

A

Highest level of protection for places of exceptional cultural heritage significance to the Town of Kwinana. Will also include places on the State Register of Heritage Places.

Statement of Significance

Aesthetic Value: The place has landmark value by virtue of its distinct form,
elevated position and prominent location adjacent to
Rockingham Road.

Historic Value: The place is one of the few surviving signal cabins in Western
representative of the multitude of signal cabins that were once
common across the Western Australian Government Railways
system.
The place has historic links with the development of the Kwinana
Industrial Area, particularly the Marshalling Yards which were
instrumental in the transportation of goods in and out of
Kwinana.

Scientific Value: The place has scientific value as a geological site, and is
believed to have been identified by the Geological Society of
Australia (WA) in 1979 as one of the most significant geological
sites in the metropolitan area.

Physical Description

The Kwinana Signal Box comprises an elevated signal cabin with an enclosed stairway and two floors, located within the Kwinana marshalling yards, adjacent to the Rockingham Road overpass. It is isolated from other buildings on the site, being immediately adjacent to the tracks, although two small buildings are located at its base, housing the relays and a standby power unit.
The building is elevated upon steel supports, modular with braced trusses, allowing views across the rail tracks as well as over the road bridge. Most of the building is clad with asbestos sheeting, including the skillion roof, which overhangs on each side to form wide eaves that are lined with timber battens. The building has a number of small windows, some of which have louvres. At the upper level there are windows on all sides. The stairway, located on the southwest corner of the building, is semi-enclosed and of metal construction, with a painted finish.
The signal cabin comprises two rooms; the lower floor, called the interlocking room, houses the mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment; the top floor is called the operating floor of the signal cabin.

History

The Kwinana Railway Marshalling Yard was established in response to the development of industry in the area. Construction of earthworks for the yard and siding access commenced in April 1966 to ensure that the railway was ready for haulage of iron ore from Koolyanobbing to Kwinana that was due to commence in 1967. Train movements were expected to reach a level that would require a road bridge over the railway to replace the ground level Thomas Road, as well as extensive signalling in the yard itself. A small temporary signal box was installed at the Thomas Road end of the yard, but once the roadbridge was planned it was realised that visibility would be obscured. There was a clear need for a high level signal cabin containing a large lever framed to be insitu before the completion of the Rockingham Road overpass in 1967. The replacement signal box came from the recently redundant old Eastern Railway, in particular the Koojedda servicing depot, which had a relatively new signal cabin.
The cabin was built there in 1959 (for a cost of £3,920) to replace the original 1936 cabin, and was constructed by Esslemont & Co. to the same design as the new Perth ‘A’ cabin adjacent to Melbourne Road in Perth. The new cabin at Koojedda had been opened in June 1959 when earlier signals were replaced by a modern three-aspect colour light signalling system.
The relocation of the cabin, which was carried out in a period of less than 6 weeks due to the urgent timeframes, was most likely undertaken by WAGR itself and was in place by April 1967. Officially the signal cabin was known as Kwinana Box ‘B’ as the title ‘A’ was already given to an enclosed ground frame located at the Wellard end of the yard.
(Source: Heritage Council of Western Australia, Assessment Documentation # 03112
Kwinana Signal Box, 2001)

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: High
Authenticity: High

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage Council of Western Australia,; "Assessment Documentation # 03112 Kwinana Signal Box", State Heritage Office

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Other
Present Use Transport\Communications Rail: Other

Architectural Styles

Style
Other Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, corrugated
Wall TIMBER Other Timber
Other METAL Steel
Wall ASBESTOS Other Asbestos
Roof ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, corrugated

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Technology & technological change

Creation Date

14 Jan 1998

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

Disclaimer

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