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Australia Day at DownsSteam

From:Sunday 26 January 2020
To:Sunday 26 January 2020
Time:9:00am - 03:00pm Sunday 26 January 2020
Location:DownsSteam tourist railway & museum, Cambooya Street, Drayton, Queensland 4350 Australia

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum invites you to a great family day of activities and entertainment for Australia Day at the Drayton station and workshop precinct, 16 Cambooya Street (Toowoomba).

Gates are open from 9am to 3pm, with site entry by donation in the ‘Wishing Well’ located in the Railway Cream Shed (small timber building at the entry to the site).

Free face painting from 10am.

Live music by the Toowoomba Ukelale group on the Drayton Platform from 10:30am-1:30pm.

Ceremonial flag raising will take place at 11:30am.

Come and see the restoration of Toowooomba's very own steam locomotive the “Pride of Toowoomba”! Built in 1915 at the Toowoomba Foundry & Rollingstock Company as C16 class locomotive #106 for Queensland Rail. After a little more than a century and well over a million miles steaming her way around Queensland, this once proud steam engine is the now the only one of her 126 strong class not to meet the scrappers torch. C16-106 has found her way back home and into the hands of our dedicated team of volunteer craftsmen who are meticulously restoring her back to a fully operational condition for mainline tours across the Darling Downs under our 'Great Divide Scenic Railway' banner.

Take a ride into the past on a former Queensland Rail Section Car as used by track maintenance gangs. Operating hours are 9:30am - 2:30pm. Tickets $2 per person, rides take around 5-10 minutes. Rides are conducted in the Drayton West Precinct only and may not available in the event of inclement weather.

Why not take a moment to sit back and relax with barista made coffee and light snacks in the "Macrossan" Lounge formally one of two premium Queenslander lounge cars as rostered on the Queenslander and Sunlander services, or chill out in the "Tropics Club Car" formerly the club car rostered on the "Spirit of the Tropics" and "Sunlander" services. Or why not sit down for a light lunch in our 'Darling Downs Finest" dining car converted onsite by our volunteer craftsmen from a former Brisbane Suburban coach.

Food & beverages available for purchase:
• Sausage Sizzle
• Home Style Beef & Ale Pies
• Lamingtons
• Jam & Cream Scones
• Barista coffee
• Tea
• Cold Drinks
• Ice creams

Get all 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. While our Spencer Works 1/3 scale replica steam traction engine (curently undergoing maintenance) was a 15 year labour of love by the late Damian Strohfeld and is proudly operated by our volunteers in his honour.

Explore our family friendly precinct on a free tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides on the hour except during the Australia Day Official Proceedings; 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.

Marvel at our former Tasmanian DP class railmotor as our skilled volunteers close in on the completion of restoration work to raise it from the ashes of an arson attack. When completed, the “Gatsby Flyer’s” tastefully decorated art deco inspired interior will provide nostalgic fun on short mainline tours across the Darling Downs under our 'Great Divide Scenic Railway' banner.

Visit our Station Shop conveniently located on the Drayton Platform for all of your DownsSteam, Dreamtime Journey Coach and train memorabilia for all ages. EFTPOS available (no cash out).For more information please phone the Station office on (07) 4630 2358 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DownsSteam is run entirely by volunteers and is dedicated to the establishment of a tourist railway for Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

DownsSteam tourist railway & museum
Cambooya Street
07 4630 2358
Entry charges - AdultDonation
Entry charges - ChildDonation
Entry charges - ConcessionDonation
Entry charges - FamilyDonation
Booking information
Is food and drink available?Yes
Are toilets available?Yes
Is there disabled access?Yes


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