Railmotors & Steam!
Join us on Saturday January 15, 2022 for a special steam-up with C16 No.106 to welcome two very special railmotors to DownsSteam Toowoomba.
Open to the public for the first time, come take a look inside the Commissioner for Railways and CEO's private railmotors, complete with their own lounge & boardroom! These historically significant railmotors were previously overhauled to be the last dedicated network Inspection Railmotors for the Commissioner for Railways, the Queensland Rail CEO and other senior managers. After 22 years operating in this role with both QR and then Aurizon, RM2032 & RM2004 have retired from commercial service & been purchased by DownsSteam to join our fleet of heritage rollingstock.
Toowooomba's very own built & restored steam locomotive, C16 No. 106 the “Pride of Toowoomba” will also be steamed up early for visitors to get up close to a 'living', 'breathing' mystery of steam and iron. Built at the Toowoomba Foundry - Southern Cross Works in 1914. 106 years since first entering service with Queensland Rail having steamed over 1.3 million miles all around Queensland over her career, 106 is nearly ready to ride the rails across the Darling Downs once again.
Don't miss this special event! Gates open from 9am to 3pm. Morning tea, Barista Coffee & Light lunch available until 1:30pm. Scones, jam and cream, slices & profiteroles are on the menu for morning tea with an all day sausage sizzle & toasted sandwiches available for lunch.
Entry: $5 donation per adult, kids are free (cash at the gate or EFTPOS at the Station Shop). Additional donations are welcomed & appreciated.
As a non-profit volunteer run non-essential museum & hospitality venue operating on Queensland Rail property we are required by the Queensland Government - "Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction" to comply with the visitor and staff obligations for proof of vaccination status for entry requirements.
Please be kind to our volunteers and refer to the following link for further information: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/public-health-and-social-measures-linked-to-vaccination-status-direction
Come and see the Toowooomba's very own steam locomotive the “Pride of Toowoomba” in steam!
Get further steamed up with our vintage steam traction engines! Our Robey and Co. 3hp portable engine is over 100 years old and still runs our water pump display like clockwork.
Explore our family friendly precinct on a free tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides; learn more about the history of DownsSteam, our current rollingstock restoration work and exciting upcoming rail tours. Discover the unique Dreamtime Carriage art exhibit by the talented Aboriginal/Italian artist "Dom", and be fully immersed in your living colour journey through a day in the dreamtime.
Why not take a moment to sit back and relax with barista made coffee and scones, sit down for a toasted sandwich in the "Lady MacGregor" Dining Car or grab a sausage sandwich on the Drayton Station Platform.
Enjoy live music by a local artists on the Drayton Platform: Oliver Murphy (young violinist), & Ukulele players.
Visit our Station Shop conveniently located on the Drayton Platform for all of your DownsSteam, Dreamtime Journey Coach and train memorabilia for all ages.
DownsSteam is run entirely by volunteers.