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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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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The inside of the locomotive is full of gears and pipes. A hand can be seen on a brass tap.

WCWR Welcomes Two New Drivers

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As our railway is unique to Australia thanks to that little addition of the rack and pinion system, our training and certification process is also just as unique to our railway. In January 2022, for the first time since COVID struck, the rail operations team welcomed Barry, our certified driver-trainer, back into Tasmania from interstate. […]

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A deep green, wooded hillside is seen with a trail of steam running along the length of the image horizontally. A small train with red carriages can just be made out on the side of the hillside.

WCWR Achieves EcoStar Accreditation

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In the mid-19th century, the west coast of Tasmania was a pristine wilderness known for its dense bushland and wet weather. By the end of the 20th century, mankind had carved an almost permanent mark on the landscape. Today, the Queen and King Rivers continue to suffer the impacts of a decade of historical mining […]

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A peaceful image of macquarie harbour taken from View 42 in the hill at dusk. The sky is mostly blue but a ring of orange can be seen on the horizon. In the foreground the ferns and trees can be seen with a wooden walking ramp winding down the hill.

Strahan is Pick of the Town!

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Earlier this year, the marketing team from West Coast Wilderness Railway joined forces with marketing professionals from NRMA Expeditions (Gordon River Cruises) and World Heritage Cruises to create the entry for Strahan on behalf of our local tourism organisation, Destination West Coast. The entry won its category and Strahan has been crowned Top Tiny Town! […]

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A dark and mysterious image taken from inside a train carriage. The wooden detail of the window frame is evident and through the window sits a tree trunk covered in moss.

Dubbil Barril Landslide Update

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We’ve missed our usual wet winters this year, so it was with glee that we welcomed a downpour a few weeks back… The rain really does bring out the best in the rainforest (the clue is in the name!) and we were grateful for its arrival. The rain, however, doesn’t come without hurdles for our […]

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A green steam locomotive travels along a steep gorge and is surrounded by rainforest ferns and steep hills covered in trees.

WCWR Wins Gold!

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The West Coast Wilderness Railway is proud to have taken gold in the Tourist Attractions category of the 2022 Tasmanian Tourism Awards on Friday night in Hobart.The award comes as the railway considers the recent havoc of the COVID pandemic and gears up for a strong summer season. Speaking at the awards event, WCWR General […]

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