Memories and Mementos
All aboard the Grandchester Express!
On Saturday 1 July, jump on board the Grandchester Express as The Workshops Rail Museum recreate the first train journey in Queensland, from Ipswich to historic Grandchester. The original journey to what was then known as Bigges Camp took place on 31 July 1865. Almost 142 years later, history and train buffs are invited to be part of this authentic heritage experience.
There is something quite special about riding a steam train. While it offers a unique glimpse back at bygone era, these beautifully restored locomotives also conjure a child-like excitement usually reserved for roller coasters and thrill rides.
The sights, sounds and smells of a heritage steam train appeal to people of all ages – small kids and big kids alike – and will almost certainly leave you with a huge grin and that far-away look of whimsy in your eyes.
Passengers can move between the carriages, take in the sights from the petite balconies and relax with the gentle sway of the steam train.
The 2.5 hour round trip departs from The Workshops Rail Museum at 10am. Passengers may also disembark at the heritage listed Grandchester Station prior to their return trip.
Grandchester Station is a heritage gem in its own right – a unique survivor of the first days or steam travel in Queensland. The National Trust currently operates the station which houses signalling equipment rail memorabilia and a 1917 WW1 Honour Board.
For those looking to make a full day of it, upgrade tickets which include discounted entry to The Workshops Rail Museum are available. Experience more than 15 interactive exhibits that include steam locomotives, train simulators, indoor adventure playgrounds and carriages you can board.