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Preservation: Locations, Don River Railway

Don River Railway

© English Electric Growl / Dave Craik

Don River Railway

The disintegrating shell of ZC Class no. ZC32 was seen at the Devonport site of the Don Rover Railway on November 21st 2005

© Dave Craik

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Address Forth Road,
Telephone +61 (03)64246335
Fax +61 (03)64236925
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Website http://www.donriverrailway.com.au/

The Van Diemen Light Railway Society. was formed in December 1971 as a voluntary organisation with the basic aim of preserving a representative selection of former Tasmanian Railway equipment for future generations to enjoy.

After much searching for a suitable site the society decided to use the trackbed of the former Melrose line and began trading under the name "The Don River Railway". The railway was established on the Don site in 1973, and trains commenced running in November 1976, the achievement and result of countless thousands of hours of voluntary labour provided by members of the Van Diemen Railway Society Inc.

Their aim was to recreate the atmosphere of a genuine working passenger railway. Enthusiastic support has been received from the Devonport City Council, who own most of the land on which the railway is operated. The Tasmanian Government has generously assisted us with Tourist Development Grants for sheds and other capital works including the station platforms at Don Village, Coles Beach, and the transfer of the Railway Station from Ulverstone to Don. The Emu Bay Railway Company have donated several items of rolling stock, and The Australian Government, through unemployment relief schemes, have helped us with locomotive and rolling stock restoration, some track work and other labour intensive work.

Postcode for Sat Nav's 7310

Please note : This postcode entered in a SatNav will only take you close to the site. The user needs to use their common sense, obeying ALL traffic signs on the route and once in the local area following road signs rather than the SatNav directions.
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Currently Resident
The are no 12CSVT locomotives currently resident at this site
Note - Locos that show as resident may be based here but loaned to other sites, click on 'Loco' to view the most recent location
Past Visitors
Loco Arrived Departed Notes
ZC32 31/10/2001 Mar 2011 Scrapped on site

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This page was last updated on Friday February 17th 2017