Transforming the Island: railways in Tasmania

Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk

The first railway line in Tasmania was begun in 1868, between Launceston and Deloraine. This was the beginning of Tasmania's railway story, one which would transform the island, ushering in huge economic changes and allowing easier access to new parts of the state.

The Launceston Railway Workshops were at the core of Tasmania's railway system for 125 years. During that time the workshops developed into one of the State's largest industrial sites.

Located on the site of the heart of Tasmania's railway infrastructure, this exhibition invites you to explore the impact of railways on Tasmania from 1857 to the 1990s. Featuring iconic locomotives such as Y3, and artefacts related to the workshops and Tasmania's rail network, Transforming the Island takes you on a rail journey like no other.