I am a driver ABT locos and they burn waste oil and have been for 5 yearsAnd from talking to Nigel Day they use a lot less fuel and water than they used to.
It was a class act not long before it closed. The track was not in bad fettle but was suffering from the seconhand wooden main line sleepers used in construction. The fare was not cheap but was good value compared with other tours and had reasonable patronage. The team was certainly a happy group last February.
Federal Hotels was the errant operator and may have been bribed by the government giving them poker machine licences. Nobody seemed to play these machines much in either the West or Devonport.
If it reopens under government stewardship, it may run to a reduced schedule.When I was planning our Tassie trip a few years back I looked at this and thought: Wow! That's expensive. As my sister and brother-in-law are regular visitors to Tassie I was running some things by them, including how expensive I thought WCWR was. My brother-in-law talked me into it with the rationale that it is a once in a lifetime trip and well worth it. Thus we did the trip and have to agree. When (if) we return to Tassie, we likely won't do it again (if indeed it is an option).
The locals I spoke to all said the same thing: it's too expensive for families.
I have been on it; did enjoy it.
When i was a young, heavily indebted householder in adelaide, i turned down a trip on the Barossa wine train. Three hundred dollars for two for a day out.
I don't recall seeing anywhere that their accreditation had been revoked?
IN WA, "accrediation" is a many-headed beast and can involve accreditation/certification/registration/approval for oeprator, for crews, for locos, for other rollign stock for track and for other parts.It is likely similar to what you describe, the railway, the operator would both require accreditation. I don't know either way, just wondered.
Perhaps rashly, I assumed that Tasmania subject to similar regimes.
At least one aspect is accreditaiton of the operator, and that operator is no longer involved?
Also I note on the 'official' page it says "that the railway is still subject to a series of track access restrictions imposed by the National Rail Safety Regulator and replacement equipment for that damaged in the accident cannot be specified until relevant investigations are complete."
Hence, in trying to work out whether they are really likely to be up and running in December, I find the post about ABT5 on work trains to be very promising.
When they reopen, I hope the appeal of the audio commentary can be enhanced.Have you thought of contacting the railway directly with your suggestion?
I don't object to the content. Some of it was interesting and revevant. But the style of delivery was offputting.
Diesel hauled (V class) between Regatta Point (Strahan) and Dubbill Barrill, steam hauled between Dubbill Barrill and Queenstown.First time I travelled on it, it was as you say but the next time it was in winter and was steam all the way, only one service per day alternating direction each day.