Passenger Rail, Events, Heritage

Queensland’s prettiest train station

Thousands of rail enthusiasts will travel in style in heritage train carriages between Toowoomba and Queensland’s prettiest railway station, Spring Bluff, as part of the iconic Carnival of Flowers, with this year’s services nearly a sell-out.

Queensland Rail Head of South East Queensland Scott Riedel said the diesel-locomotive hauled heritage carriages will operate from 17-24 September from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff, where customers can enjoy thousands of flowers.

Queensland Rail is all about connecting communities and what better way to do that than a relaxing and iconic journey from Toowoomba to the historic Spring Bluff station,” he said.

“It takes around 35 minutes and is great fun for the entire family.  So pack a picnic and stretch out on the lawn, with more than an hour to explore the prize-winning gardens before the return trip.

“Queensland Rail has been running the heritage shuttle at the Carnival of Flowers since the 1970s and it has always been popular for festival goers.”

Steam is also returning to this year’s Carnival of Flowers with the heritage C17 steam locomotive chugging passengers for a two-hour journey between Toowoomba and Wyreema railway stations from September 17-18.

Tickets are selling fast for a journey on the C17 steam locomotive, operated by Southern Downs Steam Railway.  It will haul six carriages through the Darling Downs countryside, with so much to see including wooden railway bridges, rock cuttings, waterways and towns.

To book your spot on Queensland Rail Travel’s special Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers shuttle to Spring Bluff, visit: queenslandrailtravel.com.au and for the tow-hour Heritage Steam Service to Wyreema visit downsexplorer.org.au.