Passenger trains disappeared from Tasmania`s main line railways in 1978, but one still operates on part of the Melrose branch line!
This full-size railway, which runs from the Don Village station on Forth Road, Devonport, to Coles beach , was established in 1973 by dedicated members of the Volunteer group Van Diemen Light Railway Society.
The 30 minute return journey covers three and a half kilometres on the eastern bank of the picturesque Don River.
A steam locomotive hauls the train on Sundays, Public Holidays and for group bookings. For the remainder of the year weekday trains are run with a vintage railcar.
While at the Don River Railway you will be able to explore the museum, signal box, workshops and the largest collection of steam and diesel locomotives in Tasmania plus the largest collection of rolling stock that was used on Tasmanian railways dating from 1871 to 1951.
Operating times: Trains run every day on the hour every hour from 10am until 3pm except Christmas day and Good Friday. Bookings are required for groups of 20 or more (Group discounts apply)
The Don River Railway also has a restoration workshop in the Inveresk Railyard Precinct in Launceston where historic items of rolling stock are under restoration. This facility is only open three days per week.