- Steam, Diesel and Rail-motor rides
– Come see our spectacular views toward the Qld/NSW border
– A diverse collection of static and operating exhibits, many significantly historic
– Displays, Refreshments & souvenirs (Kunkala Station)
– Museum open every Sunday
Spend a couple of hours to come and experience the sight, smell and sounds of a real steam train.
Meet Ken Biggs, our 93 year old restored C17 class steam locomotive. Ride in the Rosewood Railway’s historic wooden carriages, meet the train crew, station staff and visit the Ken’s cab. Cab ride tickets also now available. Ride in 80 yo Red Fred the historic railmotor
NEXT RUNNING DAYS
Sunday 19th April School holiday and Sunday 26th April
Double act days with
Steam trains #720 Ken Biggs and Railmotor rides on #RM55 Red Fred
First train departs Cabanda 10am
About the Journey :
The train departs Cabanda station every hour and makes it’s way up the steeply graded line, until about 10-15minutes later it arrives at Kunkala station, the highest point on the line.
A round-trip takes about an hour, which leaves some time at Kunkala to grab some refreshments and have a look around.
Ticket purchases :
Just like the era it replicates, the Rosewood Railway requires no formal bookings; just arrive and purchase your authentic paper ticket on the day. Allow about 10-15 minutes for arrival and purchase of your ticket.
Tickets: Return Fares: Adults $12, Children $6 Family $32 Concession $10
Multi-trip: Adults $18, Children $9 Family $48 Concession $15
Please note we are “Cash only” – electronic facilities will be available soon
The restored route climbs a spur of the Little Liverpool range providing 180° scenic views from Mt Flinders to the Great Dividing Range while visitors experience all the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of an authentic historic steam train journey. The railway is located approximately 20 km west of Ipswich. To get there see http://www.arhs-qld.org.au/rosewood-railway-museum/where-we-are
A Brief History:
In late 1984 members of the Queensland Division of the ARHS began work rehabilitating some 3km of track on the former Marburg Branch in South East Queensland to establish a working railway museum. Construction of this branch line began in 1910 from Rosewood, which is 58km west of Brisbane on the mainline to Toowoomba. Suburban electric trains now terminate at Rosewood.
The steeply graded branch was opened to the terminus at Marburg, 14.5km to the north, in 1912 and was closed in sections from 1964 as the need for locomotive coal decreased. The much-truncated line continued to be operated as a 4km siding to Perrys Nob but this final section was closed in 1995.
Four years after starting work the Society held its first open day in 1988 and the Railway was officially opened on Australia Day 1993. Since then steam trains operated by PB15 Class No 738 have operated on the isolated section of track between Cabanda and Kunkala on the last Sunday of the month. Vintage rail motor, RM 55, Red Fred, continues to handle mid-week charter work. Two 60-ton branch line diesel electric locomotives, a diesel hydraulic and a diesel mechanical locomotive are also available as well as six carriages and numerous goods wagons.
* Motive Power Subject to Change without notice