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All aboard the Grandchester Express!

Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

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.

Grandchester Express steam train journey from Ipswich's The Workshops Rail Museum to Grandchester on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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.

Grandchester Express steam train journey from Ipswich's The Workshops Rail Museum to Grandchester on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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.

Grandchester Express steam train journey from Ipswich's The Workshops Rail Museum to Grandchester on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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.

Grandchester Express steam train journey from Ipswich's The Workshops Rail Museum to Grandchester on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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.

Grandchester Express steam train journey from Ipswich's The Workshops Rail Museum to Grandchester on Saturday 1 July 2017.

Tickets start from $45 for adults and $35 for children (FREE for children under 3 years). Concession and family tickets are available.

Purchase tickets at theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or call QTIX on 136 246.

For more information go to theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3432 5100.

Discover Ipswich

Discover Ipswich

Staff Writer

Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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