A loco sits outside with smoke box facing the camera and steam being emitted from behind.

Why Fireman?

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Why do we call women ‘firemen’ and our business and why hasn’t it changed in the 21st century? The ‘fireman’ on a locomotive is effectively the second in command to the driver. On a steam locomotive, where the term originated, the role is generally to attend to the locomotive’s heat source – usually coal, but […]

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A diesel locomotive sits at Lynchford Station

2024 | End of Summer Season Update

With Easter behind us, we mark the end of the 2023/24 peak visitor season. It’s been an incredible season and we’ve welcomed tens of thousands of visitors into our cafes and onboard since recommencing passenger services in November 2023. We’d like to thank all our passengers that have taken the time to journey with us […]

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A close up of an Abt steam locomotive

Off Season 2024

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Winter is the best time to get out and explore West Coast heritage and wilderness. Whether you’re planning a local minibreak this winter from the far-off exotics of nipaluna/Hobart, or boarding a train of the sky to start your Tassie adventure, be sure to jot down ‘head west’ on your list of places to go. […]

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Tools are lined up neatly along the wall at Carswell Park

2023 | Part 3

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By now, the Commercial Team were busy planning new experiences. It was becoming apparent that the geotech project wasn’t going to be complete in time for peak season and that the middle of the railway was going to remain inaccessible for now. Our team are highly attuned to our role as a demand driver for […]

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Tools are lined up neatly along the wall at Carswell Park

2023 | Part 2

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While contractors were out in force along the corridor, our rail infrastructure and building maintenance teams were busy undertaking work that is usually impossible around the train running schedule. This included the construction of a new concrete apron and replacement of track at the front of the workshop to remove a track pumping issue, as […]

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Tools are lined up neatly along the wall at Carswell Park

2023 | Part 1

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The past year has been a fraught one for the team at West Coast Wilderness Railway but it has also been one that has reinvigorated the team and our future. 2023 started normally enough, running half-day journeys from both sides of our 35-kilometre, 127-year-old railway with original heritage Abt and Drewry locomotives. Taking passengers deep […]

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An overhead image of Lower Landing Station with a train sitting alongside the platform. The station is surrounded by rainforest and the King River sits off to the left.

Summer 2024

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WCWR is getting back on track after a winter of infrastructure upgrades and we’re steaming out of the station with two short services this Summer. Join us onboard the Lynchford Express at Queenstown Station for a 1.5-hour heritage steam train adventure to Lynchford Station and back. Take in the Pioneer’s Room and try your hand at gold-panning […]

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An overhead image of Regatta Point Station

Protected: Local operator updates

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