If you haven't had the chance to experience it, then check it out and book your tickets for 2017. Go with some friends and be ready for a few hours of pure fun, good music and some happy times.
The Steam train — complete with carriages and a coal fired furnace that produces smuts and smoke — departs from Roma Street station and heads to the Glass House Mountains where you alight for a generous barbecue. Drinks are available on board and can be pre- ordered as well. The carriages are heritage and the seats narrow but that makes it cosy and friendly. Everyone is in a good mood, from the wonderful volunteers and staff who are happy to show you to your seat to the helpful housekeeping rules about keeping your limbs firmly by your side after a couple of drinks and not dangling out of the window. We met Irene who is married to a steam train driver and she had some fabulous stories to tell as well as sharing the details of the pins on her hat.
Best of all, of course, is the music that is offered in every one of the carriages. There are one-man to three-men bands, with great vocalists. The female singer in costume, whose pictures appears above, had some old favourites, which she sang in a deep and sultry voice and everyone could join in and enjoy it. They are toe tapping and sing along tunes which just lift your spirits and remind you what life is all about.
After a few more drinks and a lovely barbecue the bands play on and you can happily spend the next few hours dancing away as twilight turns to darkness and you are once more heading to the train to start the journey back to Roma Street.