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Published February 9th 2015
Train buffs, children and others, will find this little place in Woodford, where the volunteers from the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society run their train on the narrow gauge railway from the Woodford/Durundur station. It is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, between 10 am and 4 pm (though last train leaves at 3.45 pm). Steam train will be running from mid-year.
Woodford is on the D'Aguilar Highway, 24 km west of Caboolture, which is 52 km north of Brisbane. When you arrive in Woodford, turn right at the water tower and look for the station along Margaret St, and drive into the car park behind the platform.
Fares on the little train are Adults $5, Seniors $4, and Children (5 – 15 years) $2.50, or Family $15. The train travels a short distance through bushland and past a display of timber carving to another platform, adjacent to the Champagne and Roses Café and B & B, where one can alight and enjoy coffee, cake or a meal at the café.
There are picnic and BBQ facilities available on the site of the Railway Museum too – or you can choose to have lunch at the Champagne and Roses Café, or one of the little Café's in the main street of Woodford.
It is a pleasant country drive, and you will probably pass some great fruit stalls – with fabulous fresh fruit, generally grown in the area.
While visiting Woodford there are two other interesting places to visit – including the saleyards adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, and nearby the Leopard Tank in the Woodford Memorial Park. It is one of 29 decommissioned tanks gifted by the Federal Government to veteran and historical organisations throughout Australia. The tank, Number 29388, was delivered to Woodford in December 2010.
Woodford was first settled in 1841 by the Archer brothers who established Durundur station along the Stanley River, near where Woodford now stands. Information on the history of Woodford is available from the Visitor Information Centre. Woodford was the terminus for the now disused railway branch line, which reached Woodford in 1909, going from Caboolture to Kilcoy. The railway was closed in the mid 1960's.
Phone (07) 5496 1976 for recorded information or phone (07) 3848 3769 daily between 7 pm and 9 pm for updates. Website: www.angrms.org.au