Sometimes I like to take my restrained professional hat off and let myself dream. Today I am going to share with you my imagined future rail network for Perth. Perth’s train network has obviously come a long way in the past 20 years, when it was reduced to a rump of diesel railcars serving the Midland and Armadale lines. The city too has expanded dramatically and with electrifications and extensions, this is roughly what the network will look like once the Mandurah line opens next year.

Now if the city continues to expand at something like the predicted rate, and proposed major developments take place then the city it going to be a lot larger in 15-20 years. Many sustainability people would be seriously freaked out if it all came to pass, but it gives me as a rail buff the opportunity to “design” system extensions. So this is what “my” network might look like in 2021.

You can see the suburban rail lines have been extended to major growth centres around the city. If I get the time I might explain some of these in more detail. I’ve also conceived two tram/light rail networks. One for the inner north-west and one for the Peel region. The diagram is not to scale, so the Peel network looks much smaller than it actually is.

OK. Back to proper analysis and planning now. :)