Carriage makes tracks for new cafe
A carriage of the first locally built train, a 1908 AR 348, that will be the feature of the new Dome in Bassendean. Picture: Sharon Smith / WA News

It has been a labour of love for heritage enthusiasts but it was all about logistics on Friday as workers hoisted a vintage railway carriage into a Dome cafe under construction in Bassendean.

The WA Government Railways 1908 dining carriage will be integrated into the cafe, projecting onto an external platform and accommodating customers.

"You'll feel as though you're on a railway bridge overlooking Swan Districts' oval," Dome Coffees managing director Nigel Oakey said.

The ARS348 carriage had been in a dilapidated state eight weeks ago before being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of tradesmen.

Mr Oakey said the project was in keeping with Dome's heritage strategy, which has seen it convert historic buildings around the State into cafes.

"Bassendean supported a lot of the railway activity in the metro area," he said. "This carriage would have rumbled past the site where it's going to end up."

The cafe is being built as part of a $28 million redevelopment of Bassendean Shopping Village.

Concept sketch of Dome Coffee’s Bassendean cafe. Supplied picture

The West Australian

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