Forged through fire and shaped in steel, the Midland Rail Workshops were the heartbeat of the Midland community for over 80 years. WA Government Railways used them from 1904 to 1994 for all major steam engine maintenance. Stoked Festival on 6 April 2019 is an immersive spectacle that pays homage to the legacy of the workshops with a visionary interpretation of life in the yards, a quarter of a century since tools were downed for the final time.
The Midland Railway Workshops were filled with countless colourful characters and amusing fables over its many years of operation. The hours were long and the toil was tough. But the searing heat and buckets of sweat gave rise to soaring human spirit: endless pranks, lifelong friendships, iron-tight comradery and urban legends that just keep growing.
Part contemporary nod, part artistic tribute, Stoked Festival on 6 April will bring Railway Square alive with a line-up of eats, sights and sounds.
A steampunk aerial extravaganza by Kinetica, featuring extraordinary acrobatic feats paying homage to fire and metal, will leave your jaw on the floor, while sparks will fly during a fiery demo of modern-day metalwork by expert sculptors.
The Movida Estate Canteen Pop-Up Bar and Eatery will bring to life the glory days of the Midland Railway Workshops canteen with a bar by Crafted Events, savouries by Locale Kitchen, Curb Your Hunger and Smokies Barbecue, plus sweet treats by Bobby J’s retro gelato van. Railway Square stalwarts, Syd and Phyllis café will be serving up a special menu of street food and will get you sorted for your coffee fix.
Living statues will depict Railway Workshop scenes from the past, a blacksmithing workshop will be in full glow. A fire-filled finale will go off with a bang, with thrilling fire twirlers, a gob-smacking pyro display and more.
History buffs will love journeying deep into the workshops to view magnificent machines on show with perfectly preserved engines from across the years lovingly showcased by the Machinery Preservation Society.
Your ears will be treated to tunes galore from the Midland Gate Main Stage, with vintage vibes from the Jessie Gordon Quintet, chilled beats by local rising stars The Hunting Birds and Junkadelic bringing their big band sound to life with a vintage machinery percussion section.
Grab a family portrait in the vintage photo booth, climb aboard the runaway train, see the collaborative community artwork come to life or simply kick back in one of the many chill zones.
And best of all – entry is free!
Location: Railway Square, Midland Railway Workshops, Main Gate, Midland
By train: The easiest (and most fitting) way to get to Stoked is by train. A FREE shuttle bus will be available to and from the Midland Train Station to Railway Square for the duration of the event.
By car: Limited free car parking will be available along Yelverton Drive, Foundry Road and within the Midland Railway Workshops laneways. Our friendly traffic managers can guide you to the nearest open carpark. Standard time restrictions and/or fees will apply in accordance with all other parking areas throughout the Midland CBD.
On foot: The event site is an easy walk from the Midland CBD via Helena Street. Make sure you use the pedestrian crossing across the train line to keep you safe and sound.
Head to the Stoked Festival website to see the full program schedule.