Having a toddler son (the Little Warrior) has opened my eyes to all things trains and so it was with confidence I booked us seats on Steam Train Sunday. I'm a member of the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich so we're fortunate enough to receive their regular newsletters.
For a total of $49 our family of four got seats on the 10:10am train last Sunday and it didn't disappoint. Polynesian Princess was a bit dubious, so brought pens & paper with her, but these didn't get used once we started moving. The whole ride lasted just over an hour and it was a perfect amount of time.
I was told we were allowed to bring food on the train, so I packed a morning tea for the kids which worked well, though our volunteer in our carriage advised there was strictly no drinking. So I'm not sure what the actual policy on food is. I've found on previous occasions, the people who are taking the booking on the phone aren't always on the same page as the people on the ground.
The entire steam train experience was great. The whistle, the gorgeous old carriages (ours was about 70 years old, and the one next to us was 100 years old), the feel of wind on your face, the faint hint of coal on your clothing just made this a great family outing for us.
I will be booking us on another ride in the future, and I think both grandfathers would love to join us.