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West coast wilderness railway
West Coast Wilderness Railway

Address: 62 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468

More than a train ride

When you travel aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway, you will be well looked after. That care extends to the beginning and end of your journey, and even to those who are simply visiting us at Queenstown Station. Enjoy a delicious snack, coffee, drink or meal at Tracks Cafe, discover the history and heritage of the Railway in our Museum, pick up a unique souvenir of your experience or gifts for family and friends at our Gift Shop and join a workshop tour to get up close and personal with our rolling stock and those who keep it rolling.

Choice of Carriage

We offer two carriage types.This short video summarises the features of each, to assist your choice.

Tracks on Point Cafe, Strahan

Our brand new cafe at Regatta Point Station is now open. Call around and check out the fresh renovations to the station and sample our delicious menu. Enjoy coffee, a drink, light meal or snack, regardless of whether or not you are travelling on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Gift Shops

Make sure you visit the Railway’s shops at either Queenstown Station or Regatta Point Station before or after your journey. Browse our selection of gifts and souvenirs and choose from the range of books, DVDs and clothing and produce, craft and artworks created by local producers and artisans. Or choose a piece of West Coast Wilderness Railway memorabilia for the railway enthusiast in your life!

Museum

When you visit Queenstown Station, make sure you call into the West Coast Wilderness Railway Museum to find out more about the story of the railway and the people who created it.

The museum features interpretive displays and a collection of original artefacts that reflect the human stories of this remarkable railway – from its construction in the 1890s as a crucial form of transport between the Queenstown mines and the port at Strahan, to its rebirth as one of Tasmania’s best-loved tourist attractions.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway Museum is open whenever the station is open, and entry is free.

Rolling Stock

Three of the five original steam trains that were imported from Glasgow specifically for the railway are still in operation – Locomotive Numbers One, Three and Five. A fourth locomotive (Locomotive Number Two) was part of the Tasmanian Transport Museum collection in Hobart. It is currently undergoing a full restoration in order to return to the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway also operates two historic diesel locomotives, dating from the 1950s which were also acquired specifically for this line. These Drewry Diesel engines are part of the story of the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company since their purchase in 1953. The Regatta Point to Dubbil Barril section of the line (travelled on the River & Rainforest journey) is where they were operated. When guests travel on the River & Rainforest, they will discover more of the story of these engines significant contribution to the company’s operations.

 

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