Train Rides and Railway Options in Tasmania

Why are trains so popular? We’ve published many articles about railway experiences in Tasmania, and they’ve all been well-read and shared many times via social media. It seems everyone’s on the same track with a good train-riding adventure. And because there’s such immense appeal, we thought we’d collect all our relevant stories here at central station for your trainspotting enjoyment. That’s just what we do!

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Even model trains are popular in Tasmania!

Railway in Tasmania: Take the Train

Could there be a better place to start this compilation than the West Coast Wilderness Railway? The entire Tasmanian (and broader) community embraced the fight to save this iconic west coast tourist attraction when it ground to a halt last year. It’s back up and running from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and return so far. Hopefully we’ll see the resumption of the journey all the way to Regatta Point in Strahan before too long.

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West Coast Wilderness Railway (photo by Dan Fellow)

For further reading about the West Coast Wilderness Railway, see these articles…

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Regatta Point Railway Station, Strahan (photo by Carol Haberle)

Ida Bay Railway

When Carol Haberle went to visit Ida Bay Railway on behalf of Think Tasmania, she declared the historical tourism attraction a must-do experience. Located at Lune River, a comfortable two-hour drive south of Hobart, the Ida Bay Railway is the last operating bush tramway in Tasmania, also having the distinction of being the most southerly railway in Australia.

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Ida Bay Railway, southern Tasmania (photo by Carol Haberle)

For further reading about the Ida Bay Railway, see these articles…

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Train ride: petrol driven locomotive (photo by Carol Haberle)

Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway

An article on Tullah would not be complete without mention of Wee Georgie Wood. So says Carol Haberle; hence included in said article is a section dedicated to the railway. In short: a six ton Fowler locomotive (numbered 16203) arrived in 1924 to replace the ageing Krauss locomotive being used in Tullah at the time. But you can read all about it (and see the pictures!) in Carol’s article.


 

For further reading about the Wee Goergie Wood Steam Railway, see these articles…

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The Wee Georgie Wood Train (photo by Carol Haberle)

Redwater Creek Railway

The Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society is a community project operated entirely by volunteers, all passionate about their railway. The 1906 Krauss locomotive runs over 1km of restored track between the station and the end of the line at Victoria Street East. The public are welcome to enjoy steam train rides during the first full weekend of every month from the original Sheffield railway station.

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Redwater Creek Railway in Sheffield, Tasmania

For further reading about the Redwater Creek Railway, see these articles…

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The Redwater Creek Steam Train departs the Sheffield Railway Station

Don River Railway

Don River Railway is also owned and operated by volunteers. Since 1973, with support from the council and the government, they’ve managed to establish a substantial tourism draw-card.  Their trains, carriages and buildings have been collected from all around Tassie. The station was even moved from Ulverstone and re-built at Don in 1990.

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The vintage carriages of the Don River Railway

For further reading about the Don River Railway, see these articles…

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Don River Railway near Devonport: the kids will love it!

Maydena Railtrack Riders

Again, much mention was made of the Tasmanian railway system in the article about Maydena Railtrack Riders by Carol Haberle. “The Railtrack Riders (RTR) at Maydena are believed to be a first in Australia, and provide people with an opportunity to travel along the old Maydena Rail Track past an historic old railway siding and into beautiful regrowth rainforest. This tourist initiative was developed by the Maydena Community Association.”

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Historic railway hauler, Maydena (photo by Carol Haberle)

For further reading about the Maydena Railtrack Riders, see these articles…

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Top: Geoff at Florentine Station ~ Bottom: Sarah awaits her passenger
Photos of Maydena Adventure Hub by Carol Haberle

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Train enthusiasts and those interested in all things railway will love the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. The Inveresk site has a strong railway theme; it’s home to the preserved railway workshop; hosts the Railway Cafe and has a substantial exhibition detailing how Tasmania was shaped by rail.

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History of the railway in Tasmania: Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

For further reading about the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, see these articles…

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The dining carriage of the Railway Cafe in Launceston

The Margate Train

Our final entry into this railway compilation is a little different. The Margate Train is a “recreational shopping and tourist development” about 20kms south of Hobart. Not only can you inspect the former Tasman Limited, 1950s English-built passenger train, but you can visit Choo Chews Lollie Shop for a sweet indulgence.

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Carriages of the former Tasman Limited passenger train at Margate

For further reading about The Margate Train, see these articles…

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The Margate Train, visit on a drive south of Hobart

If you think there’s something vital we’ve missed, a train or railway experience that we should be exploring and sharing with everyone, just leave a reply below. We’ll make tracks to climb aboard straight away!


 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the wonderful article Carol about Railtrack Riders. I thought you might like a new link to our booking page. http://www.bookings@railtrackriders.com.au

    Cheers,
    Geoff Williams
    (Operations Manager)
    Railtrack Riders Pty Ltd

  2. Transport Museum in Glenorchy does train rides

  3. Paul Jones says:

    Both the Tasmanian Transport Museum ans the Derwent Valley Railway have significant collections of Tasmanian heritage rolling stock and both are open to the public!

  4. paul george says:

    on a recent trip to tassy my wife an I turned off to see Zeehan an were delited to find the pioneer museum .
    it was loaded with steam trains and other iterm .
    well werth a look then to you taswegens need to look down Zeehan way as its not mentioned in any brosher and its great

    paulie

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