Anniversary Steam Train

On 31 July 1865, four A Class locomotives steamed from the Ipswich Railway Workshops to Bigges Camp, now Grandchester, marking the start of rail in Queensland.

Grandchester station

Governor Sir George Bowen officially opened the Queensland railway system, during which Lady Bowen used a special silver spade to turn the first sod for construction of the rail line that would continue on from that point.

The Anniversary Steam Train journey

In celebration of this historic event, passengers will board one of QR's restored heritage trains, departing from our own platform for a one and three quarter hour round trip to Grandchester, retracing the same route taken in 1865.

The trip will be followed by a traditional roast lunch and dessert in the Museum's Trackside Café, and an opportunity to explore the Museum's exhibits, including the A10 No.6, the oldest operational steam train in Australia.


Departs mid-morning from The Workshops Rail Museum and returns for lunch.


Steam Train journey is approximately one and a half hours, followed by lunch at the Museum.


Steam Train journey, lunch with dessert and Museum entry


Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Download the Anniversary Steam Train Booking Form. (1138 KB) pdf document icon 


Please note:

  1. Seats are allocated at time of booking. Passengers will be seated according to the number printed on the ticket.
  2. Refunds are not available after purchase has been made.
  3. Changes to ticket purchases are not allowed within seven days of journey.
  4. A diesel locomotive may be substituted on the day of operation at the discretion of QR. Locomotives are subject to change without notice.
  5. Only collapsible strollers are permitted on board. Please contact us if you are unsure.

Event Details

29 July 2010, 10:15 AM

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