Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Trade Minister and now rail book author, Tim Fischer, had the following to say about his experience aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
"There is a mystique about the superb and sensational West Coast Wilderness Railway to behold and enjoy. The awesome Abt system is ready to supply to you comfort and pleasure, cuisine of excellence, laced with spectacular views!"
"The Abt train and West Coast Wilderness Railway is absolutely apt for this exotic 'Californian like chunk' of the wonderful West Coast of Tasmania, especially given the robust terrain. The particular gauge and grades, with the rack and pinion centre wheel system named after Dr Roman Abt, are unique in Australia and the only Anglo Cape Gauge Abt still steaming in the world".
"As a bonus, whether you go soft class or hard class, there is a whistle stop or two to pan for gold, fit in a short walk and search for rare butterflies or just look down to and through the mighty King River Gorge".
"On board the magnificently restored carriages, do not rule out the opportunity for a spot of romance. Enjoy the glimpse back into the rich history and hard won mining heritage of the region, simply soak up the ambience of yesteryear helped by the modern high tech safety mechanisms underpinning the operations".
"Enjoy and engage the rich rail heritage of Australia, twenty two different railway gauges developed since 1831, more than any other country in the world! Seven of these gauges are still operational today, ranging from 1’3” 381mm to 5’3” 1600mm; with many diverse colourful heritage trains bustling here and there, in every State and Territory".
"Let me say, the steam and diesel trains of the West Coast Wilderness Railway are in a special dynamic category of their own".
(Fees associated with this statement have been donated to charity).