The Society will be running two steam train excursions to Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flowers. Trains will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.
The trains will take us all the way to Toowoomba. The route includes the crossing of the Little Liverpool Range, the fast run across the black-soil plains of the Lockyer Valley and the steep climb of the Main Range. Mid-way up the range the trains will slow as we pass through the station at Spring Bluff which is normally a delight at this time of the year. Lunch will be available at “inbound” (the former railway
refreshment rooms situated on the station platform) if preordered with your tickets. This will be a two-course meal consisting of roast and dessert at $28.50 a head, immediately on arrival of the train. Please indicate your preference on the booking form. After lunch, coaches will take passengers on a tour of the prize-winning gardens and thence to Helidon Railway Station to re-join the train for the trip back to
Brisbane. The refreshment car will be open for sustenance on the way home.
DOWN THE RANGE (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th) Passengers who would prefer not to do the gardens tour may travel from Toowoomba to Helidon by train on payment of an additional $30.00.
THE TRAIN: Subject to availability, one of the BB18¼ locomotives should work the tour assisted on Saturday by a diesel engine from Helidon to Toowoomba. The train will consist of wooden carriages from Queensland Rail's heritage fleet.
FARES: (including GST)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $380.00
ARHS Qld. Div. members may deduct 10% from these fares (maximum five tickets) if paid for by 5th September, 2017
JUNIOR RAIL FANS' CLUB: Any JRFC member accompanied by an adult may travel free.
TIMETABLE: Approximate times are:-
Forward Journey Return Journey
Roma Street 6.55am Helidon 4.20pm
Corinda 7.09 Rosewood 5.30
Ipswich 7.40 Ipswich 5.55
Rosewood 8.15 Corinda 6.25
Toowoomba 11.30am Roma Street 6.45pm
Forward Journey Return Journey
Roma Street 7.15am Helidon 5.15pm
Corinda 7.30 Rosewood 6.25
Ipswich 8.00 Ipswich 6.45
Rosewood 8.40 Corinda 7.20
Toowoomba 12.10pm Roma Street 7.45pm
NOTE:- These times are still subject to confirmation from Queensland Rail.
SMOKING: Queensland Rail has a policy of "NO SMOKING" on board all trains and at all railway stations. In accordance with this policy, smoking is not permitted on tour trains and passengers are advised to observe any areas in which smoking is prohibited at stations.
REFRESHMENTS: Light refreshments (sausage rolls, pies, sandwiches etc.), hot and cool drinks, chips & sweets will be for sale on the train.
RESERVATIONS: Bookings may be made:
MAIL: Forward the attached booking form with a cheque, money order, or credit card details to:- Australian Railway Historical Society Qld Division, GPO Box 682, BRISBANE 4001
FAX: Fax the booking form and credit card details to:- (07) 3252 1767.
TELEPHONE: Ring (07) 3252 1759 with your credit card details between 10.00am and 3.00pm, Tuesday to Thursday. Please note that all credit card bookings attract a 2% surcharge.
REFUNDS: Will only be made if an unmarked ticket is returned by 12th September.
TICKETS are mailed out about 10 days before the tour date.
INFORMATION LINE: (07) 3252 1759 This number is normally attended between 10.00am and 3.00pm – Tuesday to Thursday. A recorded message operates at other times.