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The Rosewood Railway

57A Freeman Road‚  Ashwell‚  Queensland  4340


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Rosewood, tucked away in the Bremer valley just west of Ipswich, is home to The Rosewood Railway. Seeking to recreate the atmosphere of a typical Queensland branch line of the 1950s and 60s (steam and early Diesel era), the Rosewood Railway offers rides on Red Fred, a restored 1930 Railmotor and trailer. The C17 steam locomotive is currently under repair and will return to hauling restored wooden carriages in mid to late 2019.

The line is high in the hills above Rosewood giving a spectacular view of the valley and the Scenic Rim. There are plenty of steep grades where the railmotor has to work hard. The Rosewood Railway, part of the Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division, also has an extensive collection of restored carriages, wagons and lamps on display.

Trains run on the last Sunday of each month hourly from Cabanda Station from 10am to 2pm, and 9.30am to 1.30pm from Kunkala Station where souvenirs, refreshments and picnic tables are available. The Rosewood Railway is open as a static display on the other Sundays of each month. Rides in a fully restored inspection railmotor will be available from March 2018. The restoration was funded by Ipswich City Council.

  • Carpark
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
    • Adventure
    • Educational Tourism
    • Historic/Heritage
    • Industry/Mining/Agriculture
    • Rail
      • Train Ride

        The Rosewood Railway

        The Rosewood Railway

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        Recent Reviews


        Francis D
          Nov 2017
        Great place to go when stressed. It was going back to the FLYING FLEA from Charleville to Quilpie.. The smell of the fore burning. The steam and the noise were so obvious i travelled to Boarding... more »

        A 'must' for the 'bucket-list'.

        Grahame D
          Jul 2017
        We visited the Rosewood Railway Museum, and I am glad that we did. I had forgotten the sights and the smells and the memories of my youth. Yes, at 68 years of age, I can remember the 'steam era... more »

        Must see trip

        Andrew C
          May 2017
        This Railway Museum is one of the hidden gems, their volunteers are friendly and provide a great service.Their railway line is fairly short, however it has some of the best views from a railway... more »

        A great time with grand children

        Tom H
          Jul 2016
        Just a huge magnet for our grand children, but great also for us older ones, with a train interest. The volunteers were wonderful and views from the top of the rail line were excellent. You need to... more »

        Railway Rosewood

          Feb 2017
        Very interesting. Informative. Lovingly restored engines and carriages. Nice little rail trip. Lovely day out for anyone young or young at heart. Highly recomend a visit. more »

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