Hotham Valley Forest Train
Explore The Forest Line
The historic Dwellingup Forest Train will take you 8 Kilometres eastward from Dwellingup to Etmilyn, along the state's last surviving lightly built developmental railway. Different from the Steam Ranger, the Forest Train is operated by V Class Diesel Locomotives built in the late 1940's. Just like 'Thomas The Tank Engine' there is a train for every purpose in Dwellingup. Why not ride them all?
Upon departing Dwellingup the pace is leisurely as the train rolls along westward, down to Isandra Siding, 14kms away. Once there, the locomotive will move to the opposite end of the train during the 30 minute stopover and make ready for the return. At the end of the line there is a 20-25 minute walk trail through the beautiful plant life and seasonal wildflowers of the rare Jarrah Forest. On the return journey, travel along an amazing portion of steeply graded and tightly curved railway, manually carved into the Darling Range, which once so masterfully served the timber industry and the agricultural areas of Dwellingup and beyond. Watch the train curve through the valley bends as the Locomotive is hard at work climbing Western Australia's steepest and most spectacular section of railway, through the Darling Range Escarpment as the train returns you to Dwellingup.
"Lovely ride through the forest. When the train stops to turn the Loco around, you get a chance to take a short forest walk. "