EXPERIENCE INFORMATION

Lynchford Footplate

Step onboard the locomotive footplate, joining the driver and fireman for this exclusive experience.
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Duration
2
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
250
$
-
Child
$
$
-
Family
$
$
-

Start your journey with a pre-departure safety briefing and tour of the original Abt steam locomotive*, before heading out to Lynchford Station, the first remote station along the West Coast Wilderness Railway’s 35-kilometre line.

Disembark at Lynchford for house-baked scones and a cuppa, before climbing back onto the locomotive and heading back towards Queenstown.

Important safety information:

  • Consumption of alcohol or narcotics prior to or during experience is strictly prohibited
  • Strong, enclosed flat boots or shoes, preferably with ankle support, must be worn
  • Failure to arrive on time may compromise participation in mandatory safety and induction, in which case the booking will be forfeited
  • All other protective clothing and equipment is supplied

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, early 2024 departures will be led by our newly refurbished, 1953 Drewry diesel locomotive in place of a heritage steam locomotive.

Highlights

Tour Highlights:
  • Help prepare an original Abt steam locomotive for the journey to Lynchford Station
  • Work and travel alongside the crew on the locomotive footplate
  • Assist with all aspects of the train’s operation and debrief with the crew at the end of your journey
Tour Inclusions:
  • Devonshire tea and a hot beverage included at Lynchford Station
  • Framed photo with the locomotive and your fellow crew
  • A personal gift bag, containing your driver’s cap, tin cup and guidebook
  • Access to all activities at Lynchford Station
  • Loan of overalls and all safety equipment
Bookings:

Please contact us on 03 6471 0100 to make your booking.

All bookings are subject to availability and must be made with our ticketing team directly at least 7 days in advance. Payment in full is taken at time of reservation.

Due to safety requirements, the Lynchford Footplate experience is not available for passengers under 18 years of age.

The Lynchford Footplate Experience is available for one participant per journey, per day. Participants are advised that the WCWR reserves the right to relocate the participant from the footplate for safety or operational reasons if necessary. Standard WCWR terms and conditions apply to all bookings.

Departure

The Footplate Experience departs from and returns to Queenstown Station, 1 Driffield Street, Queenstown

Choice of Carriage

Not applicable
DURATION
2
hours
OPERATES
21 November - 31 December
Tuesdays to Saturdays
1 January - 30 April
Please contact 6471 0100
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
250
-
$
-
Child
$
-
$
-
Family
$
-
$
-
*
The Footplate Experience is subject to the standard WCWR terms and conditions as well as its own safety conditions. Passengers will be expected to agree with and comply with safety directions at all times. Failure to do so may result in termination of the experience.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
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*
Toilet facilities are available at Queenstown and Lynchford Stations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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