May 2, 2012

0192 AUSTRALIA (Western Australia) - Transperth B-series trains in Perth

After the historic trams in Adelaide and Melbourne, is the turn of the electric train in Perth (how modern is possible) to be in the spotlight. Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia, and its metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1.74 million. Perth metropolitan public transport, including the trains, are provided by Transperth, with links to rural areas provided by Transwa. There are 6 main rail lines with 70 stations in the metropolitan area, on which traveling daily around 360,000 passenger. 

On the rail network were used Diesel trains until the three lines then in service were electrified in the early 1990s. The first service with the A-series train was introduced during Royal Show week in September 1991. The conversion from diesel to electric trains was accompanied by many upgrades to the rail network, such as upgrades to stations and tracks, and the cost of the undertaking was estimated at around A$109 million.

The Transperth B-series trains (as the one from the picture), the newest model in use, which running in configurations of 3 or 6 carriages, was introduced on 4 October 2004. Each 3 car set is semi-permanently coupled together and consists of two opposing drivers' carriages, and a third middle carriage dedicated to passengers. The B-series trains are in service on the Midland, Armadale / Thornlie and Fremantle lines and are used occasionally during special events. However the stations on these lines are not capable of handling double (6 car) sets as the platforms are not long enough, and there are problems with the acceleration / deceleration systems with the closely spaced stations. In recent years, the stations were built with longer platforms to fit for the double trainsets.

In the image is EMU BEB 549, and the highest three rear buildings are (from left to the right): City Square (commenced in april 2008 and expected to be completed by 2012), Central Park, and BankWest Tower.

This maxicard is part of a set of 5 dedicated to the transport (Capital City Transport) and issued on February 21, 2012:

● The O-Bahn Bus system in Adelaide - The O-Bahn Bus system in Adelaide, the city of churches, is among the longest busways in the world, travelling along a dedicated, concrete, guided track.
● Ferries in Sydney - Ferries are at the heart of Sydney's transport system, tracing their roots back to the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. They carry more than 14 million customers annually across one of the world's most stunning harbours, passing notable landmarks such as Luna Park.
Trains in Perth - Transperth operates a Free Transit Zone on public transport within the Perth CBD and includes its trains, which are notable for running alongside the freeways – it’s to this post
● Trams in Melbourne - Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the world and trams form a distinctive part of the city's character. The W-class tram is one of the most loved and recognised trams in the system.
● Double-decker trains in Sydney - For over 150 years, the CityRail network has played a critical role in the provision of transport services for Sydney which is noted for its doubledecker trains, some of which cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The stamp on the back is a international stamp, and belongs to the third series of Views of Australia, which contains 3 stamps:
● Walker Flat, River Murray, South Australia (50c) - it's on the postcard
● Mt. Roland, Tasmania ($1.00)
● Cape Leveque, Western Australia ($1.50)

sender: Heather Massese (direct swap)
sent from Perth (Western Australia), on 13.03.2012
illustration: Jamie Tufrey

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