Perway Patroller Herbie Hart, who is based in Arc’s South West region, marked his 50th work anniversary in January.
Herbie started work with WA Government Railways in Albany as a Track worker in 1973, where he worked for six months. He was then transferred to the Mobile One team and moved to Narrogin. He continued with that crew where he worked his way up to be the Leading Hand and acting Supervisor.
He started as a Length Runner/Patroller in 1990, working out of the Narrogin office.
In 1995 Herbie relocated back to Albany with his family to take up a role running track from Albany to Wagin; Nyabing to Katanning; and Tambellup to Gnowangerup lines. Herbie is still running the same sections of track in his current role.
Reflecting on his 50 years in rail, Herbie is proudest of the opportunity to mentor young rail professionals.
“During my time on the railway I’ve been proud to share learnings with young people as well as learn from them too.”
Regional Lead South West Cam Beange praised Herbie for his knowledge and professionalism.
“Herbie has always been extremely diligent, efficient and organised in his roles. This track is like his backyard. He knows every curve, sleeper and section of line,” Mr Beange said.
Outside of working hours, you might find Herbie umpiring a local game of cricket or AFL. He has umpired over 1000 league AFL games and is still going strong. Herbie estimates he has also umpired over 1000 games of cricket. Herbie umpires at both Junior and Senior Country weeks and has also represented WA as an umpire for the Australian Country Championships.
Arc would like to thank Herbie for his exceptional work on the track, and on the field.
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