Special Steam Train trip commemorates Ipswich Milestone

21 June 2010

The Workshops Rail Museum will celebrate Ipswich’s role in the start of Queensland’s rail history with the Anniversary Steam Train on 29 July.

On 31 July 1865, Queensland’s first steam train carried passengers from Ipswich to Bigges Camp, now Grandchester, where the railway was officially declared open by the Governor Sir George Bowen and his wife, Lady Diamantina Bowen.

Passengers on the Anniversary Steam Train will recreate the first journey by boarding one of QR’s restored heritage trains at The Workshops Rail Museum’s platform for a one and a half hour round trip to Grandchester, followed by a traditional roast lunch in the Museum’s Trackside Café.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event was a fitting way to celebrate Ipswich’s 150th anniversary of being declared a municipality.

“The beginning of the railways was a major milestone not only for Queensland but for Ipswich as it opened up opportunities for the city to become a major commercial centre,” Mr Moritz said.

“The contribution of the Ipswich community and the Ipswich Railway Workshops to the state’s development cannot be underestimated and the Anniversary Steam Train is a perfect way to reflect on our past.”

The Anniversary Steam Train departs at 10:15am and prices start at $51.00 for children, $56.00 for concession card holders and $59.00 for adults. Bookings are essential.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and a winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information or Steam Train bookings, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3432 5100.

Media Contact: Glenn Price 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995