So will the Tasmanian government be running passenger trains for the first time since the 1970s?
Ahh the Tasman Limited...***DREAMS***
The Abt railway is sensational to ride on. Queenstown whilst in the west of that state isn't exactly at the end of a 4 wheel drive track
Again as has been written so many times, it's always difficult, if not impossible to make any railway pay its way due in part to the cost of infrastructure maintenance and a tourist season in a wet climate.
We went to Queenstown a few years ago to ride the Abt and its a great day out, though in 1st class its not cheap, the Tasmanian wine and good quality hors d'oeuvres, that's 'nibbles' for our simpler folk started flowing the moment we left Queenstown station and didn't stop till we were full..
The journey along the edge of the tree fern covered river gorge is spectacular and to watch how the Abt rack system works is very impressive considering the age of the system
Sadly the return journey is by bus..