WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY

A note on firemen

Why do we still use the term fireman?

We acknowledge that on the face of it, the term ‘fireman’ may not appear to be very inclusive and many will consider it gender biased. Whilst we don’t have any female firemen on the team at the moment, we have in the past. We also have female ex-firemen currently employed. The women in these roles are proud of their work as firemen and see themselves (and the role) as part of a team where every role is pivotal. On chatting to them about their level of comfort around the name of their job, each of these women has clearly articulated their own reasons for wanting the role to be known as fireman. We respect this decision.

Driving and being in the cab of a locomotive is primarily, through over a century of tradition, a male dominated role. Women have begun to move into these spaces and we pride ourselves on being an employer that encourages more women into these professions. We continue to work with all of our teams to ensure diversity and inclusion across our entire workplace.

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HOBART
LAUNCESTON
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Driving Distance
Cradle Mountain to Queenstown

110km | 1hr 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Devonport to Queenstown

181km | 2hrs 35 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Hobart to Queenstown

260km | 3hrs 40 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Driving Distance
Launceston to Queenstown

296km | 3hrs 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

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