We'd like to introduce you to one of our loco drivers, Graeme Hind.
Graeme first fired a locomotive as a 12 year old school boy during the last few years of steam locomotive operation on the main lines of NSW. A lifetime of involvement with steam locomotives has followed, being involved as a volunteer with the steam preservation movement on a number of railways in Australia for over 45 years, and even included a period working as an steam engineman on the railways of South Africa.
"The WCWR is unique in being Australia's sole surviving steam rack railway, and so driving the trains is also unique and very challenging. The trains may be small but the extreme curvature and gradients on the line dictate that the crew require significant skills and concentration to do the job. The knowledge required to operate the rack engine alone is very specialised, but being a driver on this iconic railway is also quite a joy and privilege. Few lines in Australia are so interesting to operate and the view from the train so impressive, the view changes with the seasons, which on the West Coast can all occur on the one day! By far the highlight of any day here is the opportunity to share my enthusiasm with interested passengers. I like to think that they all leave having developed a love of steam and a better appreciation of the importance of this railway"
Recently retired from a lifelong career in engineering and managing dams and river systems, and when not working on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, Graeme drives steam locomotives for the Puffing Billy Railway in Melbourne and teaches a younger generation who aspire to become the firemen and drivers on heritage railways into the future, as well as "mucking about with my steam boat"
Graeme is shown here in a photo celebrating the West Coast Wilderness Railway's being announced as a finalist in the 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.