There are historic railway experiences to be had across Tasmania, from steam-powered fun rides to transport museums and even a human-powered railway.
Tasmania was once connected by a network of railways, linking cities and towns as well as the state's mining and industrial centres. First built in a harsh and dramatic wilderness to connect isolated communities, today the days of regular commuter rail travel are gone, but visitors can still take scenic rides through history and some of Tassie's beautiful places.
Restored steam and diesel trains can be found along beautiful coastlines, running through western wilderness and in cities and towns full of history.
In Devonport, the Don River Railway and Rail Museum offers scenic rides in vintage rail cars through tranquil bushland.
In Launceston, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk has preserved original locomotive workshops that tell the stories of rail workers and their machines, and the nearby Launceston Tramways Museum offers more trackside history and fun rides on restored trams.
The Redwater Creek Steam Railway at Sheffield, with its 100 year old heritage coaches, takes regular rides from the original train station while on the West Coast, the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway at Tullah offers rides along the shore of the majestic Lake Rosebery.
Back in Hobart, the Transport Museum has a large collection of restored railway locomotives, carriages, trams and artefacts. And south of Hobart at Margate you can dine in Tasmania's last passenger train or further south again you can take a ride on Australia's southern-most rail link on the Ida Bay Railway, along the Lune River to Deep Hole Bay where a lovely and otherwise inaccessible beach awaits.
While mass rail transport may have ended in Tasmania, these great railway journeys have kept alive some of Australia's most amazing rail stories and are fun for families and train spotters alike.