This Heritage listed railway is a real treasure – it’s one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia.
The following video clips are scenes of the busy Ida Bay Railway during summer 1994. Malcolm Moore petrol locos are running through services between Lune River and Coles Beach whilst Hunslet 0-4-0 steam loco (No. 6) provides a push-pull short service for passengers changing trains at Ida Bay Junction back to Lune River.
Between Lune River and Ida Bay Junction, two trains occupy the one section, the train from Coles Beach setting down passengers at the old platform then reversing back to allow the Hunslet from Lune River to collect them before propelling its train back to Lune River. The then empty through-train follows the Hunslet back up the hill to Lune River depot.
Ida Bay Railway (1994) Part 1. Published by “Tasmanian Trains” on 30 Nov 2012
Ida Bay Railway (1994) Part 2. Published by “Tasmanian Trains” on 30 Nov 2012
Ida Bay Railway (1994) Part 3. Published by “Tasmanian Trains” on 30 Nov 2012
Thank you for your support from various aspect, that's how the railway has been survived in the past!
NOW, WITH YOUR HELP
the Ida Bay Railway Historical Society is set to:
Running a railway is expensive, particularly for the historical Ida Bay Railway, which built one hundred years ago in 1919, regular maintenance is a routine task and essential for safe operation today. We are inviting you to sponsor at least one sleeper and other projects to polish the history in Ida Bay area, for those have memory or link in this area and been involved in the community.The sponsorship would make an excellent gift for a family member or friend and will provide a lasting reminder for your contribution in bringing the Ida Bay Railway back to life. For your sponsorship, we will send you a voucher for a free train ride, a certificate showing your contribution and acknowledge your name placed permanently display at the new Ida Bay station.