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Keeping alive the romance of steam trains
Our modern electric trains may be cleaner and faster than those of earlier eras but nothing matches the romance and nostalgia of a steam train journey. Sunshine Express Rail Tours (Qld Railway Historical Society) regularly organise excursions for the public to recapture the feelings of a 1950s holiday train, and what better way to experience this by-gone era than to take the electric train to Roma Street and join their Christmas Excursion to Shorncliffe, on Saturday, 1st December 2012?
The romance of steam travel
The historical railway organisation preserves and restores the heritage of our old steam engines and wooden carriages for tours or special excursions and as part of the Rosewood Railway Museum which is open for inspection every Sunday.
Occasionally, tours also include the use of the Iron Road Restaurant, the last remaining timber-bodied dining car where meals are served to passengers enjoying the romance of steam travel. Travellers on the Christmas Excursion will be able to purchase cool drinks, chips and lollies from the refreshment car on the train. A sausage sizzle will be held at the park at Shorncliffe on arrival.
Christmas Steam Train
Santa Claus will also be joining this special Christmas tour, which will add to the excitement, and will have surprises for all the children. The train departs from Roma Street Station at 11:30am and will travel across the Brisbane River, through Southbank to Yeerongpilly and then through Sherwood, Milton, Suncorp Stadium, Mayne and Northgate before arriving at Shorncliffe.
The stop-off at Shorncliffe for lunch will last about an hour and then passengers will re-join the train for the return trip to Roma Street, arriving around 2:30pm. Adults pay $45 for this Christmas Excursion, Children $19 and Pensioner/Seniors $39 but there is a family rate available (2 adults and 2 children) for $110.These nostalgic trips are very popular and tickets sell out quickly, so please book quickly to avoid any disappointment. Visit their website here for more information.
Steam Train Sunday
If you do miss the train for this Christmas steam travel event, you can always catch the monthly Queensland Rail's Steam Sunday. Operated by Workshop's Rail Museum, these steam locomotives and vintage rail carriages take a one hour tour through Brisbane's city stations and across the river. Again, book early for these tours and more information is available on their website here.