Spend an unforgettable morning working alongside the crew on the footplate of a historic steam locomotive on the West Coast Wilderness Railway as the train takes passengers on their return journey from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril. Assist with the train's operations and duties of the loco crew.
Calling all steam and rail enthusiasts! This is your exclusive and unique opportunity to get an insider's perspective on a day in the life of West Coast Wilderness Railway loco crew on the only operating railway of its kind, travelling the steepest gradients in the Southern Hemisphere. Begin your day with a safety briefing, induction and full briefing on the locomotive from your fellow crew members. Once decked out in your overalls and cap, you will assist the crew with the general preparation of the locomotive for the day ahead. At this stage, you will gain a unique understanding of the intricate work that has been involved in running steam locomotives for almost 200 years. You and the crew will move the locomotive from the workshop to Queenstown Station where passengers will begin to board the train. Before departure, capture the moment as your photograph is taken with your fellow crew members and the locomotive.
It's full steam ahead as you travel from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and return, working alongside the crew on the footplate, assisting them with all aspects of the train's operation. This includes the cleaning, polishing, oiling, greasing and much more. During your journey, you will climb the 1:16 gradient over the Rinadeena Saddle before descending through the breathtaking King River Gorge. Once you have returned to Queenstown Station, join the post tour debrief and report on your exciting experience as a member of the West Coast Wilderness Railway crew.
Participants must remain with and obey all instructions issued by the Driver and Fireman at all times during the experience. The participant must be especially vigilant whilst in the workshop areas of open pits, crane, forklift and train movements and must observe and obey all safety signage in the workshop vicinity.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
Maximum of one participant per journey per day on the footplate.
Accompanying guests are welcome to book and travel in the passenger carriages.
This experience is not affected by inclement weather.
Please wear strong, enclosed flat boots or shoes, preferably with ankle support.
Participants are advised that in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the provider reserves the right to relocate the participant from the footplate to a passenger carriage.
This experience takes place on the Rack and Gorge journey departing from Queenstown, Tasmania.