Railways in "Tourist Parks"

 
  jrobbo Assistant Commissioner

What are the "tourist park" places in Australia which have their own train layouts?

I know that Dreamworld in QLD had a single track loop that runs around the park (similar to Disneyland)— they had a large crash there in 1994(?) (day after I went there!). There was also a small steam railway at "Timbertown" at Wauchope in NSW— don't know if this still exists. The small park thingy next to the Port Arthur site in Tassie also has a railway in it.

Where else?

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  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
From memory I have been to the Following:

QLD

Dreamworld (guanine steam locos)
Seaworld (Diesel locos disguised as steam)
The Big Pineapple (diesel locos disguised as steam)

VIC

Coal Creek (Ex- QLD cane loco)

TAS

Bush Mill (Replica of the TGR K-class garrett)

Very Happy
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Bendigo's "pioneer" village (which is/was called Sandhurst or Sandhurst Town IIRC) had a loop of track in 1989 - can't remember if loco(s) were genuine steamers or not.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Woops. Forgot about Sandhurst Town  Embarassed  They had a Perry Steam loco at one point  Smile
  iceman Deputy Commissioner

Location: Back home in Frankston.
in victoria there used to be:
A small track st the Carabine Gardens with a 2ft diesel running around.

A small track down the rd from me at Whistle Stop Reserve that used to be a mini fun park.

A 2ft Steam loco at Leisure Land in Pearcedale i don't know how big the track was i was too young to remember they have now closed down and i don't know where the loco went.
  jrobbo Assistant Commissioner

Forgot about the Big Pineapple.

The Nut Factory at Yandinah (sp?) in QLD has a small steam railway too IIRC.
  Railfan9949 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere between Gembrook to Healesville to Seymour to Maldon
The custom built 2 ft diesels loco at the Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne are shocking... you need ear plugs to ride the darn thing cause its so noisy!  Shocked
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
The custom built 2 ft diesels loco at the Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne are shocking... you need ear plugs to ride the darn thing cause its so noisy!  Shocked
"Railfan9949"

It's the fibreglass carriages that are noisy. The locos are just plain ugly.

Cheers
David
  ThatGuyOverThere Deputy Commissioner

Location: Vocation: Migration: Animation:
From what I remember, the Caribbean Gardens had a TACL tractor stored in a siding. They should pull that out sometime.
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Forgot about the Big Pineapple.

The Nut Factory at Yandinah (sp?) in QLD has a small steam railway too IIRC.
"jrobbo"




That's 'The Ginger Factory' at Yandina. It has a look-a-like Steam engine with a diesel driven tender.
  albert3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: Werrington, NSW
Whiteman Park in Perth.

Has both the Bennett Brook Railway (http://www.git.com.au/~meads/bennettbrook/index2.html) with very narrow gauge steam (mainly South African locomotives), and the Western Australia's Heritage Tramway (http://www.railpage.org.au/pets/pets02a.htm).
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
D'oh!  Surprised
Forgot this one:

When I went there with 3rd class Chester Hill Public School in 1972, Australiana (Pioneer?) Village, Wilberforce, NSW had some track, which included a mock tunnel  
BounceRock 'N Roll!ClapVery Happy very realistic for a bunch of schoolkids. Think the "loco" might have been diesel mutton attired as steam lamb  Smile
  albert3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: Werrington, NSW
Therewas also a small railway doing a small loop in Taronga Park Zoo, in Sydney in the 1960s.

I guess we should include the Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Katoomba, NSW.
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
Its been a while but Birdland at Batemans Bay also had, might not be now, a miniature railway ran round the exhibits. Thats if you are counting miniatures.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

I know this ain't in Australia....

But doesn't Michael Jackon's Never Never Land amusement park have some steam railway that's on a route of over 1km?


Cheers
Maikha "V" Ly
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Whiteman Park in Perth.  Has both the Bennett Brook Railway and the Western Australia's Heritage Tramway
"albert3801"

I don't think that Whiteman Park fits into the "tourist park" category, but along the same lines is the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens, which is home to the Australian Sugar Cane Railway (formerly the Botanical Gardens Railway).  They run a Bundaberg Fowler, an Orenstein and Koppel  and have a John Fowler undergoing restoration.  
http://qldrailheritage.com/ascr/index.html
John
  d3_639 Deputy Commissioner

In mu opinion the only thing that Soveren Hill in Ballarat is missing is a railway!

Cheers Rod
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Going back a bit, but the Melbourne Zoo once had its own railway. I can just remember seeing it.
Also years ago, there was one in a 'Lion Safari' park west of Melbourne. Steam outline loco on 2ft gauge I think. never saw that one, just the photos. I seem to remember seeing it for sale in Railway Digest some years later.

Haven't been to Carribbean Gardens for a long time. But the fibreglass bodied unsprung carriages and streamlined loco came from Surfers Paradise. The other loco was a Malcolm Moore tractor.

The Perry loco from Sandhurst town is now based at Heyfield. It was running there last year for a vintage machinery rally.
  18A Chief Commissioner

Location: On the tramway
How about the steam loco at Cockington Green in canberra. it is like this minature world in a garden Posessed

in victoria there used to be:
A small track st the Carabine Gardens with a 2ft diesel running around.

A small track down the rd from me at Whistle Stop Reserve that used to be a mini fun park.

A 2ft Steam loco at Leisure Land in Pearcedale i don't know how big the track was i was too young to remember they have now closed down and i don't know where the loco went.
iceman



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQDkaKwEpVU
Nov 20, 2015 - Uploaded by Jane Griffiths
Whistlestop Amusement Park - Frankston. How it began (part



The train was used by West Melbourne gas works then was later used at the whistlestop Amusement park in Frankston then after the park closed down it later went to Puffing Billy and as far as I no it still there and has been restored .........as for the Steam loco at Leisure Land I don't no what ever happened to it but would like to find out
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Fascinating video, thanks for posting it.

Interestingly as well as the engine surviving at PB, Ron Macallum's chairlift  lives on at Caribbean Gardens at Scoresby where it still operates.

Details of tourist chairlifts in Australia at this website: http://www.australianmountains.com/australianskilifts/#18

5.00, 7.00 9.20 10.05, 11.00 14.10
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
Was that the same loco that was at Ron Kane's track at Walhalla in 1974?
  fernhill Chief Train Controller

Newington Armaments Depot has a fantastic train that travels the site at Homebush Olympic Park. Runs Sundays or by weekday bookings for groups. The train has push/pull diesels and a great interpretation of the depot.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
In mu opinion the only thing that Soveren Hill in Ballarat is missing is a railway!
"d3_639"
Sovereign Hill needs a railway like a reindeer needs a hat rack.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Sovereign Hill aims to recreate the gold rush period of 1851-1861. No railway to Ballarat then...

Rick

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