Don River Railway

Don River Railway, Devonport: Hours, Address, Don River Railway Reviews: 4.5/5

Don River Railway
4.5
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Michael L
Hobart, Australia139 contributions
A great way to spend a morning
Sep. 2021
Visited here for a few hours on a Saturday morning and had a great time.

The railway is very well presented and the staff / volunteers on hand were, without exception, very friendly and obliging.

There is a very wide selection of steam and diesel locomotives on site for inspection, along with some beautifully restored carriages that you can view at your leisure.

An unexpected surprise was the Royal Carriage on site as used by royal visitors to Tasmania in the early 1900's. While not open to go through they are very accessible and can be viewed through the windows to give an idea of how the royal family travelled in those times.

The highlight though was the ride in the period carriages drawn by a steam engine. The one on duty during my visit is 70 years old but restored to seemingly perfect running order.

The short journey to Coles Beach Junction and return brought back a range of fond, and not so fond, memories of the steam days and was very enjoyable.

With very reasonable admission fees and such an enormous number of items on display, this is worth a visit - whether you are a steam train fan or not.
Written 12 September 2021
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Jason
Canberra, Australia103 contributions
Trains
Jul. 2021
Hard not to give anything that involves train five stars, this was a great place to visit. We went on a short 20 to 30 minute journey on a rail motor. I haven't been on one for over 40 years! Given school holidays there were lots of younger children on board who weren't having as good a time as me and being a little bit vocal about it.

Everyone at the place was again that Tasmanian "country friendly".

The yard and sheds had lots of older trains and carriages to look around.

A must if you are a train nut but worth 1 hour if you are not.
Written 18 July 2021
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lyndylocksloo
Mexico City, Mexico51 contributions
Nice!!
Jun. 2021 • Solo
What a treat, The Rail Car ran on Saturday and the Steam Train on Sunday, both rides to Coles Beach in Vintage Carriages well worth it.
Lovely takeaway coffee.
Written 10 July 2021
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Peter F
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
Proper Heritage Railway
Apr. 2021
Thought this might be the small 'Disneyland' type of railway but its the real thing. Steam locos from the Robert Stephenson ('Rocket') factory in the UK. Cant get more authentic. Lovely setting too. Nice surprise!
Written 17 April 2021
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Craig M
Toowoomba67 contributions
Our group jumped on the train
Feb. 2021
What a great collection of rolling stock and memorabilia! The enthusiasm of the team at the museum is equal to the exhibits. We trundled up the track on the old railmotor and then toured the workshop and museum. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Written 13 February 2021
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Vanessa A
Tasmania, Australia231 contributions
Amazing
Jan. 2021 • Family
We have to boys that just love trains and the were in heaven. They loved the small train set that worked and being able to actually hope on the trains was great. The train ride was the best part tho
Written 6 January 2021
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alysha12389
Claremont, Australia4 contributions
We love it
Nov. 2020 • Family
We there on the 7th of November and we loved it my son loves it so much he talks about what trains he seen
Written 11 November 2020
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Matt G
1 contribution
Amazing
Sep. 2020 • Friends
Love the passionate restorations and the new function space. Be great for weddings & kids birthdays with thomas are a great idea!
Written 27 September 2020
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Jason H
5 contributions
Very enjoyable day
Jul. 2020
Manned by passionate volunteers who love railways and anything related to it. Great time. The coffee van does an amazing job.
Written 28 July 2020
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Fiona M
Redcliffe, Australia71 contributions
A family day out
Mar. 2020 • Family
A fun day out and definitely a highlight for our little miss four. The volunteers who were working when we went were extremely helpful informative and just good guys. The interactive signals and checking out the old trains was fun but the highlight was definitely the train ride.
Written 19 April 2020
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Don River Railway is open:
  • Wed - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm