The DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum was founded in 2001 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Despite its name, this isn’t your typical train ride. Located at 16 Cambooya St, Drayton QLD 4350, the steam trains are made from authentic historic steam engines that have been restored. The museum offers a great opportunity to learn about the history of the locomotives and the role they played in the local community throughout the ages. However, the train rides are a highlight of the DownsSteam Railway – you can experience the actual workings of a steam engine!
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The DownsSteam Railway & Museum is a non-profit organisation and is only open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. While you’re here, you can view the former Lander carriages, a steam locomotive named The Pride of Toowoomba, which has travelled over 1.8 million kms, and the stainless steel suburban carriages.” If you’re traveling with your family, you’ll find delicious food at the on-site restaurant. For group tours, DownsSteam is also an excellent choice and they have special event packages for groups.
The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Museum features the DAV1131 Memory coach which is which is packed full of original locomotive themed artifacts from bygone eras. The renowned museum has a café where you can enjoy a delicious meal. If you’re visiting Toowoomba, you can arrange a group day trip to the museum. There are a number of things you can do during your visit.
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Visitors should plan ahead. Park in the free parking area. You can find disabled parking right next to the main entrance. You can also check out hotels and motels in the area on HotelsCombined. This way, you’ll know what to expect when you’re checking into a hotel. There’s plenty of affordable accommodation in the vicinity and at an affordable rate.
The DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum was founded in 2001. Its original station building was located in Yuleba, a rural town between Roma and Miles, from 1879 until 2008. The museum has also received two former Lander carriages. There’s much to see and do at DownsSteam. It’s the perfect way to spend a day with your family.
Next up in our Points of Interest Around Toowoomba blog series is the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre.