Passengers on the Prospector train service between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth are now able to enjoy seat-back entertainment similar to that offered by commercial airlines.
TransWA spokesman David Hynes said the regional public transport provider expected an increase in passenger numbers. But he added it was not a strategy to win a slice of the fly-in, fly-out market.
“Price is not a big factor for the resource companies,” he said.
With the cost of flying booming, driven by FIFO and strong demand for seats, the Prospector is seen by many passengers as a low-cost alternative.
From Kalgoorlie-Boulder to East Perth Station takes six hours, 45 minutes and costs $81, with pensioners and students eligible for a 50 per cent discount.
A flight takes about one hour, but is likely to cost about $200 in the low season and as much as $400 during peak periods. TransWA launched the new service in the last week of December with a showcase carriage known as the iCar.