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Footplate Experience on the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Queenstown, TAS - Show on map
WCY002
For 1 person
1 Day
$490 each
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Highlights

  • Work alongside the crew on the footplate of a unique heritage steam locomotive
  • Travel on the Rack and Gorge from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril return
  • Assist with the cleaning, polishing, oiling, greasing and much more!

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.

What's Included?

  • All safety equipment and protective clothing
  • A rail workers lunch pack, complete with flask, mug, morning tea and packed lunch
  • Framed photograph with the locomotive and crew
  • Gift bag containing a drivers cap, tin cup and guidebook

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.

Session Length

  • Please allow eight hours for the duration of this experience
  • Available Tuesday and Thursday between 1 May and 13 September
  • Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 16 September and 30 April
  • Not available on public holidays

Restrictions

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.

Guidelines

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Participants must be of reasonable health and fitness as the footplate environment features the conditions of heat, noise and vibration, and must be able to climb in and out of the locomotive and be able to stand for lengthy periods of time
  • 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
  • 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
  • The consumption of alcohol or narcotics prior to or during the experience is forbidden
  • Bookings must be made at least one week in advance

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

  • Cancellations made 72 hours or more prior to scheduled tour start time do not incur a cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to scheduled tour start time incur a cancellation fee of the full ticket price for tour booked
  • No extra fees to reschedule experience. Guests must accept that they may not be able to participate in another tour if it is not within their timeframe

Numbers on the Day

Maximum of one participant per journey per day on the footplate.

Spectators

Accompanying guests are welcome to book and travel in the passenger carriages.

Weather

This experience is not affected by inclement weather.

Dress Code

Please wear strong, enclosed flat boots or shoes, preferably with ankle support.

Other Info

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.