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Rosewood Railway Museum

Rosewood, Ipswich Area

If you head for a little place called Rosewood, tucked away in the Bremer River valley, the train is waiting for you on the last Sunday of each month. Rosewood is 50 kilometres west of the city of Brisbane and 18 kilometres west of Ipswich and is served by the electric train from Ipswich.

The town is home to the Rosewood Railway Museum that seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a typical Queensland branch line of the steam and early Diesel era. The Museum is an operating railway that includes a PB15 steam locomotive that hauls restored wooden carriages plus a variety of diesel locomotives and railmotors. The line is high in the hills above Rosewood so there are plenty of steep grades where the steam engine has to work hard.

The museum, part of the Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division, also has an extensive collection of restored carriages and wagons on display.

Trains run on the last Sunday of each month and the Museum is open as a static display on the other Sundays of each month. Cab rides in the vintage diesel locomotives are available around the main depot yard at Kunkala Station on running days.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $8.00 1 April 2012 – 30 June 2013 Travel on either the Railmotor or the Steam Train.
Adult $14.00 1 April 2012 – 30 June 2013 Travel on both the Railmotor and the Steam Train.
Child $4.00 1 April 2012 – 30 June 2013 Travel on either the Railmotor or the Steam Train.
Child $7.00 1 April 2012 – 30 June 2013 Travel on both the Railmotor and the Steam Train.

Open Times

Note: 1000 to 1600 on the last Sunday of each month. Museum opens from 1000 to 1600 other Sundays.

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Toilet facility for the disabled at Museum Junction Station. Standard toilet facilities at Cabanda and Kunkala stations.

Children:

Children are required to be under the control of a parent. Picnic, refreshment and souvenir facilities available at Kunkala Station.
Freeman Road
Rosewood Railway Museum
Rosewood, Ipswich Area
Queensland
Australia

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