West Coast Wilderness Railway's steaming back into life after the pandemic brought its popular trips to a standstill.
Twenty-three local tourism industry representatives took to the railway today on a special Rack and Gorge departure, with a further 37 due to join a second departure tomorrow.
“We are excited to be running these journeys this week and be joined by the minister and fellow tourism industry operators on board as we prepare to welcome back visitors next week,” Anthony Brown, West Coast Wilderness Railway General Manager said.
The railway was forced to suspend operating journeys in April due to the pandemic and in the months since the suspension, the railway has maintained its core staff of year round employees despite not qualifying for JobKeeper.
The team has completed a number of projects, such as maintenance on the track, improvements across four remote stations along the line and upgrading on-board audio and visual delivery.
The attraction reopens to the general public and Queenstown visitors on Tuesday. Strahan trips are expected to return in January on the completion of a track replacement project.
Image: West Coast Wilderness Railway.