Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Ditch the car, spare the plane and catch the train. It's all aboard for Steam Train Sunday this coming weekend on November 1.
The Queensland Museum The Workshops Rail Museum is offering young and old the chance to relive the old days with a vintage train ride like no other. Steam Train Sunday is on again with a trip through twenty stations in the city and over two river crossings, beginning at the Roma Street Station.
There is a lot of history behind Queensland and steam trains.
"The first steam locomotives were put into service in 1865 in Queensland. The first four locomotives were all given names that reflected the importance of the role they would play in opening the fist section of railway. They were named "Lady Bowen", after the wife of the then Governor of Queensland, "Faugh-a-Ballagh", as a tribute to the first Governor of Queensland Sir George Bowen, (or perhaps because of the large number of Irish who helped build the railway), "Premier", and "Pioneer".
Queensland Rail also has a brilliant history of the steam trains including stories, time lines and resources. History buffs eat your hearts out!
There is also some more fact sheets from The Workshops Rail Museum. No doubt there is a lot to learn on these rides. The museum itself has plenty of information on trains for anyone with a keen interest in the locomotives.
If you want to know exactly what you're in for, check out some of these videos.
Of course, being such a popular weekend event, spots on the train are limited so you have to book as soon as possible.
The museum also offers two email newsletters for anyone who wants to keep up to date with everything the museum has to offer. There are emails for general information and upcoming events and another for new education news.
If you cannot make it this time around, there is another opportunity to ride the steam train on Sunday December 6. Failing that, there is always next year, which is only around the corner.