DownsSteam is a community based volunteer organisation dedicated to the establishment of a tourist railway. We are open to visitors Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 9am and 3pm. We are located at corner Ball and Cambooya St., Drayton, Toowoomba, just off Anzac Ave. See you there!
Phone: 07 4630 2358
We invite you to come and join Robert Ketton and hear his colourful train stories as you tour the complex. Included will be our amazing Dreamtime Journey Coach, the Gatzby Flyer as she rises with style from the ashes, and Toowoomba’s own 106 Steam Locomotive, born at the Southern Cross foundry in 1914. Hot soup […]
Volunteers had the opportunity to enjoy and experience staying on-board a M-class carriage set at DownsSteam on the 16th July. The purpose of the sleep over was to test the carriages and the on-board systems, as well as give back to the volunteers a great night filled with, stories, videos, good company and great food. […]
The start of 2016 has been very busy for DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum, with significant progress made in all areas. Our rail motor DP13 is undergoing a major facelift, with the addition of the sheeting covering the exterior of the railmotor, the interior is also nearing completion with the majority of the woodwork nearly complete […]
A new fundraising campaign has been launched for the restoration of Downs Steam’s Queensland Class C16 steam locomotive. Suitably named, Project 106- The Pride of Toowoomba. We hope to raise enough funds over the next few years, so that we can operate this steam locomotive on family friendly tourist operations from Toowoomba throughout the Darling Downs, adding another gem […]
Downs Steam once again held a fantastic Australia Day at our Drayton precinct, the day started gloomy with light showers, but revealed a beautiful sunny afternoon. We had an excellent roll up from the general public and members, with all having an enjoyable time. Many attractions were on show, from the stationary traction engine, our […]
2015 was a big year for Downs Steam Tourist Railway and Museum, with significant progress made in all areas. Our Steam locomotive C16-106 has made significant progress to returning to the rails, with a large amount of structural repair and inspections carried out to the frame and wheels. Our rail motor DP13 has also seen a large […]
Last week the dedicated volunteers from Downs Steam spent a week focusing on achieving a major milestone on our DP13 Railmotor – The Gatsby Flyer. The power bogie that provides motive power to the railcar has been overhauled and returned to the rails, all systems have been overhauled which included the pneumatic, fuel and electrical […]
The first set of overhauled axleboxes for C16-106 the pride of Toowoomba arrived last week, they spent the best part of six weeks in Maryborough, QLD. Where they were cleaned, inspected, prepared and poured, the white metal composition is of the new type, which is typically used in industrial applications as ship diesel engines conrod […]
Our Ex-TGR railmotor DP13 has come a long way since its unfortunate firebombing in Tasmania, much of the structural frame had to be replaced, along with the new interior which had to be built from scratch. The huge amount of work completed to date is a fine testament to the dedication and skills within the […]
For the age of the ‘M’ class carriages, built in the early 50s, the interiors are in remarkably good condition. A small group of talented volunteers have spent many, many hours working on the electrical and air conditioning with great success. In addition to all the work on the inside, another group of very hard […]
Dad and me are going to DownsSteam for father’s day breakfast – you can come too! What? Gourmet Breakfast:-cereal, juice, full cooked breakfast, toast tea or coffee. When? Father’s Day Sunday Sept 6th Where? DownsSteam Tourist Railway&Museum Cost Adults $25 per head Children 12 and under $15 Times: Two sittings 7:30 and 9a.m Live […]
Think you’ve seen it? Think again! Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is recognized as a national tourism event. As one of the premier tourist attractions in the region DownsSteam is proud to be a major part of this important event. Carnival week is your opportunity to enjoy not only the beautiful gardens but to see the […]
100 Year Anniversary Drayton Deviation Rail-line. We are holding a Celebration Breakfast for the 100th Anniversary of the Opening of the Drayton Deviation Rail-Line on Saturday 16th May 2015. Under the professional expertise of Robert Ketton, we will celebrate with a Full Breakfast on the platform with many interesting stories from Robert. We will be […]
Come and enjoy Australia Day at DownsSteam on Monday 26th Jan 2014. Gates Open At 10am. There is an amazing line up of activities for the day, with the Toowoomba Municipal Band who will be be playing on the platform. There will be something for everyone, including Kidzmix Face, Painting And Balloons, Devonshire Morning Teas, Site Tours (Incl. […]
Often referred to as the guru of camp oven cooking, Ranger Nick is the master of keeping it simple. A dinky-di country boy, he whips up a cracker of a meal with whatever is in the tuckerbox. He has gained quite a reputation as the entertaining Aussie Bush Cook, that sings and has plenty of […]
The Dreamtime Journey Coach offers visitors the unique opportunity of experiencing an indigenous day, from sunrise to sunset, the artwork in this carriage will transport you to the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Centre and the endless Outback.
This big black pipe is actually the Boiler out of Steam Engine 106 which is under restoration before being fitted to the Engine frame. It actually fits inside the exterior frame. Its needed to make the steam.
Railmotor arriving at Museum thanks to Trainmovers. This long move was thanks to the great work by our Site Manager Jeff Smith and truck driver Angelo. Already our Volunteers are hard at work dismantling the burnt outer panels.
Light lunches can be provided showcasing a variety of local produce. All food is freshly made, and you can select from a range of menus. Depending on the season, lunch can be an alfresco barbeque served on the platform or a more formal dining experience in our air conditioned/heated dining car. Lunch parties can be […]
The C16 was designed in 1903 as an improved 4-8-0 loco and was built by various firms. By 1918 there were 152 C16’s in service with Queensland Rail. In the early 1920’s further developments of the basic design resulted in a new class which was introduced as the C17. This design with its improvements totalled 227 […]