Midland Railway Workshops
From the CD "WEST"

 

the amazing story of early trading ships navigating the Indian Ocean by the stars and their first contact with  the W.A. coast.


For over ninety years these sheds
Have raised the workers’ hopes
And for thousands of apprentice lads
It’s where they learned the ropes
And through the generations
The skills were handed down
At the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

O’Connor had his vision
Of a shop so highly skilled
There was never a job so complex
That these tradesmen couldn’t build
They’d cast it and machine it
And fit it snug and sound
At the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

Chorus

At the Midland railway workshops
Where your grandad earned his quid
It’s there we’ve got a chance to know
Exactly what he did
We talk about our heritage it cannot be denied
It’s more than just the buildings
It’s what they did inside

There were fitters platers coppersmiths
Combined their enterprise
They made carriages and rolling stock
Of every shape and size
Trolley buses trains and trams
They moved this state around
From the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

And the women made munitions
For the wartime army corps
And every shell they made they hoped
Would put an end to war
And many a social conscience
Developed in these grounds
At the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

Chorus

We save endangered species
It’s a good thing that we do
But we hardly give a thought for skills
That disappear fom view
And in this old environment
There’s a history to be found
At the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

Yes it’s more than just the buildings
Though impressive they may be
We need to see them working
And feel our history
We owe it to our children
To save this hard earned ground
At the Midland Railway Workshops
At the east end of town

Chorus









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