|Minister for Tourism Jan Jarratt, State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt, Cr David Pahlke and from Grandchester Jake and Cath Gillam and Bruce and Beryl Wallace|
|Minister for Tourism Jan Jaratt, State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Cr Sheila Ireland , Cr David Pahlke Andrew Mouritz Manager North Ipswich Rail Workshops Musuem
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The glory days of rail travel have been brought to life in a new brochure launched at The Workshops Rail Museum last week.
Cr Dave Pahlke said council worked in partnership with four Ipswich rail attractions – The Workshops Rail Museum , Grandchester Model Steam Railway, Rosewood Rail Museum and Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway, to promote the city’s proud rail heritage in The Amazing Time Machines brochure.
“We are also honoured to have the Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jan Jarratt, visit Ipswich to launch this exciting new brochure featuring four distinctive tourism experiences, ” Cr Pahlke said.
Minister Jarratt commenced her day in the region by attending a breakfast in Rosewood, hosted by WIDEN, before launching the brochure at The Workshops Rail Museum.
“The rail industry was the backbone of our community for more than a century and we are fortunate to have a number of operators and facilities dedicated to preserving this important history,” Cr Pahlke said.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said each of the locations featured in the borchure offered a unique and exciting experience for visitors and highlighted the vital role Ipswich has played in the development of rail transport.
“Some of Queensland’s earliest trains are on display at the award-winning The Workshops Rail Museum, which has become one of the most important tourism assets in the region,” Cr Pisasale said.
“A short drive from Rosewood is the Grandchester Model Steam Railway where visitors can ride miniature steam locomotives and while they may be small, they belch steam and sound just like their larger counterparts.”
“The Rosewood Railway Museum is another popular attraction giving visitors the chance to take a trip on a steam, diesel or rail-motor between the historic railway stations at Cabanda and Kunkala.”
The final experience featured in the brochure is the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway giving visitors the chance to take a round trip on the oldest regularly operating steam locomotive in Queensland.
Cr Pahlke said visitors could enjoy regular rides on a range of locomotives at three of the rail attractions featured in the brochure.
“Visitors to any Amazing Time Machines location would be eligible for a discount or special value-added offer at the second, third and fourth locations.
“All you need to do is present a valid ticket or receipt from any location when visiting one of the other sites within the same six month period.
“There’s never been a better chance to take a nostalgic journey through Ipswich’s unique and exciting railway history.”
Copies of The Amazing Time Machines brochure are available at each railway attraction and the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.