Railtrack Riders, Maydena to Florentince

Maydena to Florentine (4.8km return, 1 hr 30 mins)

$88 (2-4 seat rider)

This ride ventures west from the Maydena station. The 1.5 hours journey passes the remnants of Hydro Tasmania’s bulk dry cement silos, workshops and stores that once provided cement and supplies for the construction of the Gordon River Hydro Electric Scheme. The journey continues through the rainforest onto the Florentine rail station where there are historic forestry displays, static exhibits, and historical information.

Take a short peaceful walk around the Florentine forest trail, following the headwaters of the Tyenna River. Experience the temperate rainforest of giant tree ferns and tall eucalypts while your Railtrack Riders are turned for the return journey.

The remaining disused railway continues into the now privately owned former ANM Florentine Depot. The Depot was the hub of Florentine operations and held loading facilities, workshops, offices and a small sawmill.

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Maydena to Pig & Whistle (8km return, 1 hr 30 mins)

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Leaving the Maydena station, this ride ventures east. On a return trip of approximately 1.5 hours, the riders pass through the site of the former rail station at Fitzgerald, now only a remnant of this once bustling town. In the early 1920s, Fitzgerald was a major centre for timber cutting, sawmilling and haulage and the staging point for miners travelling to Adamsfield to seek their fortune mining ‘Osmiridium’. Miners stayed overnight at Fitzgerald in boarding houses, one of which was known as the ‘Pig & Whistle’, located just east of Fitzgerald. Gourlay’s Mill, located across the Tyenna River from Fitzgerald, supplied Hobart and its surrounds with valuable timber.

From 1917 to 1934 Fitzgerald was the last stop on the Derwent Valley Line.

National Park to Newbury Rd (7km return, 1 hr 30 mins)

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Railtrack Riders are also located at the entrance to Mount Field National Park. Mt Field and the scenic beauty of Russell Falls led the government, in 1885, to create a 300 acre reserve around them. The Falls are one of Tasmania’s premier tourist attractions.

We start the rail adventure at the National Park Station; a building that was restored in 2012 by a work experience activity group. The building belongs to the Derwent Valley Railway and is now serving as the departure point for the Railtrack Riders adventure.

Traveling West beside the Tyenna River, we are viewing the rugged mountain country of Mt Field. We pass through farmland and light forest to Newbury road where we have a short stop before the return to National Park.

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