57A Freeman Road‚ Ashwell

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
  • Family Friendly
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

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Recent Reviews


Jan 2019

Rosewood railway closed indefinitely?

After years of barely having a heartbeat and progressing very little, the very short open section from Kunkala to Cabanda is shut. I dropped in on Cabanda on Saturday to find the track almost... more »


Jul 2018

Wonderful Historic railway Live Museum.

We were Invited to ride on this Olde restored Rosewood Railway Train and 100 year olde Wooden Passenger carriages. We Absolutely loved the half Day Trip Back in Time. Cheap Fares with Genuine... more »


Oct 2018

Grandkids Treat

We take our grandchildren on various outings and this is one of them. We plan on going again soon. The trip is not long but fun for the kids and historic more »


Aug 2018

Unique museum

Lots of old railway memorabilia here. Very interesting to see the collection. A bit off the main track more »

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 »

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