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!
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.
For further reading about the West Coast Wilderness Railway, see these articles…
- Photos of Strahan: an Album to Share
- A Campervan Trip around Tasmania
- West Coast Wilderness Railway to Continue
- Wilderness Railway Must Continue to Strahan
- Discover Strahan: So Much to See and Do
- West Coast: Real Tasmanian Wilderness!
- ABT Railway: West Coast Passion!
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.
For further reading about the Ida Bay Railway, see these articles…
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…
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.
For further reading about the Redwater Creek Railway, see these articles…
- Redwater Creek Railway: Steam into Sheffield
- Eagles Nest Retreat: Dream Time!
- Mural Feast: Food Bowl Paints a Picture
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.
For further reading about the Don River Railway, see these articles…
- Don River Railway… First Class all the Way!
- Devonport Tasmania: You’re Welcome, and That’s No Bluff!
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.”
For further reading about the Maydena Railtrack Riders, see these articles…
- Railtrack Riders: Maydena Adventure Hub
- Eagles Eyrie: the Top of the World
- Out in the Styx… Valley Forest Reserve
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.
For further reading about the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, see these articles…
- Queen Victoria Museum: History in the North of Tasmania
- Phenomena Factory: Phenomenal Fun!
- Things to Do in Launceston… Even When It’s Raining!
- Gallery Pejean: Leading the Way 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.
For further reading about The Margate Train, see these articles…
- Margate Train: Choo Chews Lollie Shop
- Snug: Hug the Channel Highway!
- Hobart Tours: From the City to Southport…
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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