WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY

Stories

The West Coast Wilderness Railway embodies a wealth of stories, stories that tell of the ingenuity, resilience and determination that turned the west coast of Tasmania into one of the wealthiest mining regions in the world.

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The Kerrisons
Dairy farmers at Dubbil Barril

The Kerrisons

Railway fettler Cecil Kerrison supplemented his income by starting a dairy farm deep in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril
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James Crotty
The man who discovered the west's riches

James Crotty

it was said that if you pulled grass up by the roots at Iron Blow, the gold would sprinkle out of it.
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Dr Roman Abt
Inventor of the Rack and Pinion Railway

Dr Roman Abt

Dr Carl Roman Abt was a Swiss engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who would have a profound impact on the people of Tasmania’s west coast.
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Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly
Father of the Railway

Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly

In 1891, Bowes Kelly saw an advertisement from a fellow Irishman who was seeking an investor for his gold mine at Iron Blow in Tasmania
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GETTING HERE

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HOBART
LAUNCESTON
DEVONPORT
CRADLE MT

Cradle Mountain to Queenstown

110km | 1hr 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Devonport to Queenstown

181km | 2hrs 35 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Hobart to Queenstown

260km | 3hrs 40 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

Launceston to Queenstown

296km | 3hrs 30 mins

(Queenstown to Strahan 41km | 45 mins)

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