Drive a Steam Locomotive for a Day

A once in a life time opportunity (or perhaps if you enjoyed the day … there could be more) to learn the ins-and-outs of driving a steam locomotive. Our recently restored C17 720 will be your iron horse for the day. You will be tutored by one of our experienced volunteers who will take you through the initial safety briefing, and then on to learning about the locomotive itself.

You will be shown how to fire a steam locomotive, how to keep an eye on water and steam pressure, how to setup the locomotive to move forward or in reverse, use the regulator to start the locomotive moving, and use of the Westinghouse braking system here in Australia. You will also receive a run down on basic safeworking principles to provide a working knowledge of the Rosewood Railway Museum’s signalling and staff working.

At the end of the day, you’ll be guaranteed to come away with a great big smile and also a commemorative certificate. This is the perfect gift for the budding enthusiast, or even if you want to get hubby out of the house for a day.

Please note that participants must be pre booked and double check days available upon booking because days are selling fast.

Hurry to reserve your day


Our steam locomotive, Ken, is currently undergoing inspections and maintenance after nearly 10 years of running.

A lot of work is underway by our volunteers but completion and return to service is still a way off. Our best estimate is December this year.

In the interim, we will add your details to our waiting list if you’d like to be contacted on Ken’s return.

For more information or to book a day please call the tours office on 3252 1759 or Email – [email protected]


The day will include :

– Inspecting the locomotive, preparing for lighting-up
– Helping the fireman light the fire and begin preparing the loco
– 3 runs firing the loco*
– 3 runs driving the loco*
– Cooking your lunch on the shovel
* – Please note that the number of runs may be modified at any time due to operational or extreme weather conditions.