West Coast Wilderness Railway

Description

This Mount Lyell Abt Railway was originally opened in 1899 to transport ore from the Mount Lyell copper mine at Queenstown to the port at Strahan. It runs through very rugged country and has steep sections. The Abt system of rack traction was adopted. After a road was built to convey ore traffic the railway was closed down in 1963. In 2002 it was restored to operation involving major reconstruction, particularly of bridges. Three of the original ABT locomotives have been restored and are now used on the re-opened tourist railway which is now known as the West coast Wilderness Railway. 

 

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  • EHIM: Engineering Heritage International Marker (from 2012)

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