All aboard……If you have a train enthusiast on your hands or a child who loves being outdoors, then a trip on the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR) is a must. The combination of restored heritage carriages, scenic countryside and loads of knowledge from passionate volunteers makes for a memorable journey.
We recommend letting your kids know that the Queensland Pioneer Steam Train comes complete with prison carriages – so fun!
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway
After collecting your tickets, board one of the historic carriages built between 1885 and 1950. If you are brave enough and want to experience what it would have been like to travel as a prisoner in the olden days, why not ride in the Prison Carriage, which you may share with a chained prisoner (the staff enjoy dressing up to match their carriages!!) Our kids loved the themed nature of this historical train ride!
As the train goes down the old industrial coal line, hang your head out the window and let your senses run wild. See the steam billowing from the engine, hear the hiss of the steam and clickety-clack of the wheels and get a whiff of the distinct smell of ‘steam train’.
You can also take in the countryside sights, spotting many horses either grazing in the paddocks or resting in the stables.
The Picnic Train ride
If you are after a slightly longer trip, climb aboard the Picnic Train, which makes its way between Bundamba Racecourse Station and Swanbank Station, allowing passengers to use the picnic facilities at Swanbank Station.
Themed train rides
There are also themed train trips throughout the year e.g. Dinner trains, Murder mystery, Remembrance Troop train and the Santa train.
Dates and times vary so we recommend you visit their website for upcoming events.
We conveniently booked online and collected from the ticket office before boarding or can be bought on the day. Even so, we highly recommend booking in advance online to avoid disappointment.
This Steam Railway is one to tick off your train bucket list and will surely delight the whole family. We highly recommend this activity for kids of all ages. While in the area, why not complete your ‘train day’ with a visit to the wonderful and ever-popular Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich?
Further steam train information
While Queensland PSR tries to always provide steam motive power on Market and Picnic Trains, due to the nature of vintage steam locomotives, they may need to substitute a heritage diesel locomotive on part or all of the services.
Takeaways from our steam train ride experience
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway offer an authentic steam riding experience. The loop offerings are a great option for those with little kids, while those who want a longer experience will enjoy the market, themed and picnic train rides. This is one of those activities that won’t be forgotten quickly.
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway features
Toilets are located across the road from Racecourse Station at the Ipswich Turf Club
Wheelchair access is limited (call ahead to pre-arrange assistance).
Prams can be stowed at the ticket desk before you board the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway
Location Racecourse Station, TL Cooney Avenue, Bundamba, 4304
Phone: 07) 3103 0871