Hi rail fans….
Many thanks to all who came and rode the rails on the miniature trains on our November Public Running Day. The members of the Toowoomba Live Steamers appreciate your attendance and continued patronage. Our December Public Running Day will be Sunday 20th December. Now to fill you in on what has been happening regarding the flying fox situation…… The Toowoomba Regional Council councilors, at their recent meeting, have voted to relocate the railway from its present location to a nearby park, away from flying foxes. The park that the railway will be relocating to is Lemway Park. This is a step forward for the Toowoomba Live Steamers club as we will be in a position to continue providing a cheaper form of entertainment for families of the Toowoomba and surrounding areas, without the worry of possible illness to the public and our members from possible diseases carried by flying foxes.
The proposed track layout may be a bit longer than the present track…..possibly about 1000m of mainline whereas our present track is 656m of mainline.
With our relocation happening in the near future, we feel it only fair to inform you, our valued patrons, the the railway will be temporarily closed during the relocation process. We cannot say when this will happen, but it will begin in 2016 and there is a lot of work to be done at the new location before the present track is cut up and transported. We will keep everyone advised as to what is happening, and when it is happening. It is hoped that the railway will only be closed for around 6 months, give or take a bit. It is a big job and we wish to ensure that all work is carried out in a safe manner and that the new railway is even better than the existing track. The work will be inspected by Workplace Health and Safety and we will need to have the track meet their requirements before we reopen to the public. The new railway will be a different layout and should be more exciting than the old. Please bear with us while the closure and relocation are under way and join us when we reopen in our new location. We apologize for anyone that may suffer from train ride withdrawals while the railway is closed.
The scan below shows a proposed layout at the new location. It is a bit fuzzy but it should come clearer if you click on it…………….I hope.
If anyone wishes to join the club, we are keen to welcome new members. Anyone 16 years of age and above can join and the annual cost is $10 for Juniors from 16 years to 18 years of age and just $40 annually for those from 18 years of age. You don’t need to have our own locomotive as the club owns 3 steam locos and the petrol hydraulic powered cane loco for members to drive. If you have ever wanted to learn to drive a steam loco you can do it. The cost to learn is only your yearly membership. It only takes a little time and effort. Why not inquire today? If you are interested phone Graham on 0402085124.
Keep watching this website or our Facebook page at Toowoomba Live Steamers Inc. for updates on what is happening.
Until next time, may your rails be straight and your lights green.
Toowoomba Live Steamers Inc, 5″ & 7.25″ dual gauge railway.
Toowoomba Live Steamers Inc. miniature railway and engineering club hosts public running days on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Members of the public can experience miniature train rides around our rail network at Kearneys Spring Historical Park in Spring Street Toowoomba.
We normally operate several privately owned locos as well as club locos on running days, including our narrow gauge “diesel” cane loco, and at least one of our actual coal burning live steam narrow gauge locos.
Each ride costs only $1.50 per person per ride, and members of the public must wear footwear and observe a few simple common sense rules. All are most welcome.
We are also available for private charter functions, where groups can make use of the excellent BBQ facilities in the center of our rail network. A great idea for children’s birthday parties etc, and the adults can ride too!
Come and see our railway and station, and feel free to use the BBQ and picnic facilities provided in beautiful Kearneys Spring Historical Park.
Private Event Bookings
Need a fantastic birthday party that your child and their friends will never forget? Let us provide the entertainment for your group with several miniature trains providing constant rides for both children and the adults!
Take the stress out of entertaining your guests by chartering our miniature railway for your next party. We provide the train rides……we DO NOT provide food and drink.
Contact John on 46364671 for enquiries and bookings.
It may be cheaper than you think!
PLEASE NOTE *****Booking CANNOT be made online.*****