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Crossing Bass Strait | Three days on the Northwest Coast | Ellendale Gardens | Wild West of Tasmania | Wilderness Railway | Strahan and Macquarie Harbour | Hobart Battery Point and the Waterfront | Huon Valley and Mount Wellington | Devil Day: Tasman Peninsula | Port Arthur | Old Tasmanian Towns | Last day: Launceston and west of

Wilderness Railway

The railway was originally for carrying ore from the copper mines of Queenstown to the port of Strahan. In this incarnation it ran from 1899 until 1963; I travelled on it in about 1955. It has been rebuilt for tourists, using the original Abt system locomotives with a powered cogwheel engaging a rack between the lines on the steeper grades. Prices are pretty steep too, but it's worth paying the extra for the "premium" service, which provides better seats, better opportunities for photography, and superb Tasmanian food and wine served by a lovely young guide.
King River  1
King River 1
King River  2
King River 2
King River  3
King River 3
King River  4
King River 4
King River Bridge
King River Bridge
Bailey Bridge
Bailey Bridge
Remains of -mile bridge
Remains of -mile bridge
Train crew
Train crew
Driver
Driver
Train at Dubbil Barril  1
Train at Dubbil Barril 1
Train at Dubbil Barril  2
Train at Dubbil Barril 2
Walk from Dubbil Barril station
Walk from Dubbil Barril station
Everything green
Everything green
Rebuilt Trestle Bridge
Rebuilt Trestle Bridge
Abt loco detail
Abt loco detail
Whistle blower
Whistle blower
King River Gorge  1
King River Gorge 1
King River Gorge  2
King River Gorge 2
King River Gorge  3
King River Gorge 3
King River Gorge  4
King River Gorge 4
Paula, our hostie and guide
Paula, our hostie and guide
Taking on water at Rinadeena
Taking on water at Rinadeena