The future of railway heritage tourism? The West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania

Conlin, Michael V., and Prideaux, Bruce (2014) The future of railway heritage tourism? The West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania. In: Conlin, Michael V., and Bird, Geoffrey R., (eds.) Railway Heritage and Tourism: global perspectives. Tourism and Cultural Change (37). Channel View Publications, Bristol, UK, pp. 263-278.

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[Extract] It is perhaps fitting that one of the final chapters in this book addresses the development and management of the West Coast Wilderness Railway (WCWR), located in the Australian state of Tasmania. The WCWR embodies many of the criteria presented in the railway heritage typologies introduced in Chapter 1 and which reflect the unusual characteristics of this particular niche of industrial heritage, particularly in the context of tourism. In stating this, it is not being suggested that the WCWR is necessarily a preferred model for the development of heritage railway tourism. Indeed, it is only one type of development model, one where a public-private form of partnership is a key element in its success. However, it is a particularly good example of how this particular form of development can be achieved. The initial result of this partnership was a superb example of a rejuvenated heritage railway attraction that formed part of a cohesive and comprehensive tourism attraction. As a result, one would think that the WCWR provides lessons and guidelines for the successful development and management of a railway heritage tourism attraction. Or does it?

Item ID: 34352
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84541-438-2
Keywords: heritage, Tasmania tourism, West Coast Wilderness Railway
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 00:40
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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