Posted on 11/02/2010

Photo taken on February  2, 2006

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West Coast Wilderness Railway

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West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Queenstown

West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Queenstown 

When the ABT Railway (now the West Coast Wilderness Railway) was built in Tasmania, it was considered one of the engineering marvels of Australia.
The West Coast pioneers who built the original railway in 1896 accomplished a great feat of labour. For many miles along the King River the railway line was hewn with pick and shovel out of the steep side of the gorge. Forty two bridges were built over the 35 km long stretch of wilderness; for the 'quarter mile' bridge below the gorge, pylons had to be driven 18 m into the silt with men constantly up to their waists in the cold water.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway forms a gateway for visitors to explore Tasmania's unique rail heritage, discovering the inspiring story of the pioneers who built the railway more than 100 years ago.


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