Full steam ahead for train’s return

EXCITEMENT is growing at the prospect of the Derwent Valley Line reopening next year and dreams of it being extended to Mt Field.

Derwent Valley Railway volunteers continue to restore locomotives to bring the rail back to life.

DVR wants to open up the region to tourism and adventure enthusiasts.

“Rail has the capacity to transport large volumes of visitors and drive visitorship to the local area,’’ the group says.
“Once aboard, visitors will be able to sample the fresh produce and high-quality boutique products for which the Valley is well known, all while enjoying the impressive trackside views in a relaxed environment.

“The Derwent River and surrounding landscape is popular among many adventure seekers including mountain bikers, kayakers, hikers and anglers.

“The Derwent Valley Railway ventures to places otherwise unreachable by road, opening the door to new adventure tourism destinations throughout the Valley. “Bikes, kayaks and other equipment will be transported free of charge.

“National Park Station, on the edge of Mt Field National Park, is where rail meets the wilderness of the southwest.
“Spectacular waterfalls, rivers and forests are within easy walking distance .”