Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Steam Train Sunday

We had the best time on the weekend, in between the blocked sewage drain fiasco at the Sow's Ear...We went for a family ride on a steam train.

The trip was mainly for the children's benefit but I have to say Jason and I enjoyed it just as much as they did. The steam train runs one Sunday a month, departing from Roma Street station for a 1 1//2  hour train journey to Pinkenba and back.

Steam train pulling in to the station

Sadly, Steam Train Sunday has finished its run for this year but you can visit the Queensland Workshop Railway Museum to find out if there are any other events planned over the school holidays. I'm already planning our activities...

Beautiful details in the carriage

The train is a restored Queensland Rail steam locomotive that pulls about 10 vintage rail carriages - the carriages are all completely different. You kind of feel like you're in one of those old country and western movies, as you can move to the different carriages while it is travelling...don't think I didn't pretend I was escaping from the baddies in a shoot out...! Ha!

And you can stand outside on the back or front of the carriage as the train is travelling from station to station. You can literally see the smiles on people's faces when they see the steam train approach.

Lino floors and gorgeous timber seats

We were allocated seats in what we thought was one of the prettiest carriages - it had pressed metal ceilings, timber panelling and lovely heritage wall lights. It's great that these carriages are beautifully restored and are now being put to good use. Steam Train Sundays are a really popular event and you need to book to secure a seat.

It was a fun morning out and about in Brisbane. 


  1. What a fun idea. It reminds me of 'Puffing Billy' in Victoria. Great memories for kids for sure. ;-)

  2. How fun! Will pencil this in for next year. I've heard so many rave reviews of the Railway workshop, but haven't been brave enough to go with my littlies to date. -Neither take to car rides. But might be ready to take the risk!

  3. That's fantastic! We have an old steam train here too called the Tarantula Train, and we were just talking a few days ago about taking the boys for a ride on it. I bet you had a ball. That makes me want to take the boys even more.

  4. Oh, that looks so lovely!!! Those old trains with the gorgeous wooden interiors are just beautiful! I've always dreamed going on the Orient express:-)


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