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The romance of the era when steam was king awaits you in Ipswich courtesy of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. Hop on board an immaculate vintage wooden carriage or vintage Dining Cars and discover the rich mining history of the Ipswich area as you go past ruins of old mines and equipment from days gone by.

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway operates three weekend services.

The Market Train, from the Racecourse Station, gives you the chance to explore for some Handmade goodies in the markets before catching the 30-minute train trip .

The Picnic Train is a one-hour 45-minute trip to Swanbank where there’s a children’s playground, and heritage railway gifts can be bought at Swanbank Station. Also check out the heritage buses dating from the 1940s which operate tours to the near by Historical Centre giving you a longer day out. Bring your own picnic or barbecue and enjoy walking tracks overlooking the lake.

The Queensland Pioneer Dinner Trains offer a range of themed dining experiences in the Heritage Award Winning Sunlander dining cars from the iconic Sunlander.

There are Themed Trains such as the Santa Steam Train and Troop Trains that re-enacting the war years in Australia.

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    Recent Reviews


    Aug 2018

    Wonderful morning trip!

    Received tickets for my birthday. It was an awesome morning trip. Highly recommend. The staff are wonderful and dressed in time period clothing. Wonderfully restored carriages. All in all a wonderful... more »

    Kerri M

    Sep 2018

    Steam back in time

    As a surprise I took my husband to this museum to see the old workshops and some restoration work being done on steam engines and carriages. Much to our delight it was a wonder of seeing restored... more »

    Azette L

    Sep 2018

    Journey back in time for a Murder Mystery Dinner

    We had the luxury of a carriage all to ourselves because we were a large group. The volunteers have done a wonderful job with the restorations. Our meals were delicious & drinks reasonably priced... more »

    Michelle T

    Aug 2018

    Cheap and cheerful

    If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids that wont break the bank a trip back in time with the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway is a good option for a weekend outing. Check their... more »


    Jul 2018

    Murder Mystery Dinner trip

    Perhaps the best kept secret in Ipswich. I’m a local and only discovered this a few weeks ago. Lovely way to have dinner and spend the evening enjoying a trip on the restored Sunlander and enjoying... more »