This weekend the Transport Museum will celebrate the contribution that the railways of Tasmania have made to the economic success of Tasmania
President Rod Prince tells Dave what people can expect this weekend.
Friday 3 RD From 10.30am. Steam engine will be lit and prepared for Saturday and Sunday. (will not reach working pressure until about 1.30pm.
Railway modellers will be setting up and testing their layouts.
Final site organisation and carriage placement will take place.
Saturday 4 th 10.00am Site opens to the public. Exhibitors and model trains operating.
10.15am Diesel Electric locomotive Y4 and carriages commence shuttle rides for patron,
running continuously until 11.30.
11.45am Special anniversary train consisting of an A+ and AB carriage (both built prior
to 1890) and C22 (1902) will be in place at Stock Platform for special guests and media
to board. Media – please be at the main gate by 11.40 so you can be escorted to train.
Noon – Anniversary train arrives at Museum Station platform. After passengers alight,
train will reverse out and return to platform for more photos if requested.
Invited guests will move to Bus Shed for formal welcome and speeches.
President Rod Prince – Welcome Guests and patrons, speak on importance to
Tasmania of the first 150 years of railways to Tasmania.
CEO Tasrail will speak about the role of railways in Tasmania today and the
Minister Michael Ferguson will speak about Government support for Heritage Rail
and “launch” the Anniversary weekend.
12.30pm Train rides resume for patrons with steam engine C22 and carriages. Last train
1.00 to 4.00pm Museums newest exhibit ZA6 (donated by TasRail January 2021) will be
open for inspection with Museum members on hand to explain the controls and why this
locomotive is a most valued exhibit.
3.30pm Last entry, Museum will close soon after 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am Site opens to the public. Exhibitors and model trains commence operating.
10.15 – 1.30pm Train rides commence for patrons with steam engine C22 and
1.45pm to approx. 3.45pm. Railcars DP15 and PT4 will operate passenger trips until
All weekend Robey Traction Engine (1928) will be in steam and operating machinery.
Fire Services Museum members will be on site with several of their vehicles and
TasRail in attendance with display and staff to answer questions about railways in
Derwent Valley Railway Society and West Coast Wilderness Railway also in attendance