150th Anniversary, Festival of Rail Toowoomba
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Toowoomba to Ipswich rail link.
In order to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of this momentous event the community of Toowoomba with the support of the Toowoomba Regional Council is hosting a “Festival of Rail”. For the first time in many years, two working steam trains will arrive at the station and the public will be treated to a range of Railway themed tours and presentations.
Join with Queensland Rail, the National Trust Australia (Queensland) Toowoomba Branch, Downs Steam, the Australian Railway Historical Society, the Southern Downs Steam Railway, the Toowoomba Historical Society, the Toowoomba Model Railway Club and many others in celebrating the importance of the Railway to Toowoomba.
Events commence at 10.30 with the arrival of the first steam train from Warwick followed shortly after by the arrival of another from Brisbane.
Tours of the Railway precinct, including the Air Raid Shelters at the station, will commence around noon and include the following:
- How a steam train works
- The significance of the railway to Queensland
- The Railway precinct and its role in WW 2, including tours through the Air Raid Shelters
- The history of the WW1 Memorial Honour Boards
plus a number of rail-related static displays and entertainment from local community groups.
The celebration will conclude with a gala dinner at the Inbound Restaurant (the former Railway Refreshment Rooms) commencing at 6.30. Formal recognition of the Railways’ significance and its contribution to Toowoomba will be made at this function. The Toowoomba’s Mayor Paul Antonio and other local politicians and community dignitaries will be in attendance.
Buy tickets to the Gala Dinner – book now! This is a paid event.
Image: Paul Knie