• north west coast
    Premier Tourist Attraction

    railway & museum.

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  • Re-Creating Living Tasmanian Railway
    History, For The Benefit Of The Region.

  • open 9:00am - 5:00pm

    first train departs: 10:00am

    last train departs: 4:00pm


About our activity

Get to know us

The Don River Railway was established at the Don in 1973, trains commenced operating in November 1976

The achievements are the result of countless thousands of hours of voluntary labour provided by our members

The Don River Railway, is a not for profit organisation. Owned and operated by members and volunteers.

history of the area
Relax with a train trip on the historic Melrose Line, taking in views of the township of Don and areas of historic value to the area. The train trip travels on the western bank of the the Don River to our junction Coles Beach. On your return, spend some time, visit our museum, workshop. Our heritage locomotives and carriages are on display throughout the grounds and workshop.

The train trip is a return trip, approx. 30 minutes duration.


We have Train Trips operating every hour, during opening hours.

We are open 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun.
First Train Departs 10:00am,
Last Train Departs 4:00pm


Visit our workshop area, view the activities of the workshop safetly from a mezzanine floor platform.


View restored carriages and locomotives throughout our precinct and workshops. Including the recently restored Royal Carriage

Our people

volunteers are unpaid,
not because they are worthless, but
because they are priceless.

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We always love

Our restorations


Can I Volunteer? Absolutely ! Don River Railway is a great organisation where you can make a difference, and enjoy it with many other like-minded people from all walks of life. There are so many areas you can be involved in, and the opportunity to learn about many more under skilled guidance. It is a fantastic and rewarding hobby to become involved with. Volunteers are invited to be a part of the Don River Railway story. .

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Locomotive restorations

We have restored and on display several Steam & Diesel locomotives.

364 People donated $56000 / $75000

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Check out our Events page for most recent and up-coming events. Regular Events and Special Events.

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Take a look at

Our Timetable


Adults: $19

Senior Card Holders: $17

Aged Pensioners: $15

Children (aged 4-15): $14

Family ( 2 Adults & 2 Children) : $40

Site Ticket only (gives access to Museum and site): $12

Special concessions are available for groups, bookings are essential.

Operating Hours

We are open

Wednesday - Sunday

(except Christmas Day & Good Friday).


09:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Us: [03] 6424 6335


Normal Train Services are:

Railcar - Wednesday - Sunday

Steam Locomotive - Sunday

Due to regular scheduled maintenance, some locomotives indicated may not be operating as advised.

Alternative Diesel or Steam locomotives may be required to replace the normal service.

For further information, please contact us or check our update page:


+61 [03] 6424 6335.



Looking for a venue for a birthday pary, special event or special occasion? We have a unique venue for all occasions. Self-Catering and Catering Packages available. For further information, contact us on [03] 6424 6335 or email us on donriver@donriverrailway.com.au

wedding photography

A variety of heritage carriages, locomotives and locations around the Don River Railway are available for that unique photograph on your special day. A very special carriage, The Royal Carriage is available for photographic opportunities. For further information, contact us on [03] 6424 6335 or email us on donriver@donriverrailway.com.au

corporate events

Showcase your business or product at a unique location. Incorporate our location and a unique backdrop for your business function with client train rides and function catering. Further information, contact us on: [03] 6424 6335 or email us on: donriver@donriverrailway.com.au

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    Those amazing people...

    ‘The achievements are the result of countless thousands of hours by our members in creating, living Tasmanian Railway history, for the benefit of the region, and a Premier Tourist Attraction. We are always looking for addition skilled and non-skilled members to assist in our projects and operations of Don River Railway. If you would like to contribute to our successes, contact us on [03] 6425 6335 or email us at donriver@donriverrailway.com.au for further information.”

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    So much to do...

    ‘Our Restoration Programs are reliant on Memberships, Public Donations and Corporate Sponsorship.”

    Corporate Sponsorship to our Restoration Program allows businesses to be part of a Premier Tourist Attraction, in recognition of their product/services we direct link your business website, with you business logo from our website. Be part of this program by contacting us on: [03] 6424 6335 or email: donriver@donriverrailway.com.au

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    Help is needed...

    ‘The Don River Railway, is a not for profit organisation. Be part of the crew at Don River Railway, through membership or volunteer sometime when you can.”

We are supported by

Our partners

You can participate at

Our events

- We are proud of our achievements in our restorations -
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Our self propelled diesel railcar, is the DP Class No. 22, and it's trailer, PT Class No. 3, they date back to 1944, and 1939 respectively.

Operates Monday to Saturday.”

Dp 22 was officially withdrawn from service on 17th October 1978 and was purchased by DRR in June 1979, The railcar PT 3 was officially withdrawn from service on the 17th October 1978 and purchased by the DRR in June 1979. Both entered service on the Don River Railway in January 1980

- Become a Member/Volunteer -
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Established in 1973

We are a not for profit organisation. Owned and operated by members/volunteers.

Be part of a proud enthusiastic team at the Don River Railway.

Join our team and be part of our Premier Tourist Attraction.

We are always seeking members, skilled and non-skilled persons in the Workshop, Train Drivers, Guards, Tour Operators and Retail/Customer Service operators.

Why not start a Train Driving career (entry level)with the Don River Railway, we have several current Train Drivers of TasRail who started their career with the Don River Railway.

- Restoration of Heritage Locomotives and Carriages -
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Built at the Tasmanian Government Railways workshop in Launceston, Tasmania. Type being End Platform, Saloon Van. Built in the year 1890. First Class &Guards Sections

Re-creating living Tasmanian Railway history, for the benefit of the region.

Enthusiastic support has been received from the Devonport City Council, the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Federal Government, through assistance grants.

Here you can find how to

Contact us

+ 61 [03] 6424 6335

Forth Road, Don., 7310