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DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum

16 Cambooya St | Drayton, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
+61 7 4630 2358
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Toowoomba' s hidden gem

When we arrived our initial thoughts were, hmm brochure better than actual. Then we met Rob, our... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Mark_Perkins
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Something for everyone!

What a fabulous visit which happened just by chance. We were guided round by Peter who shared his... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2018
Helen S
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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What is Downs Steam? DownsSteam is a community based volunteer organisation dedicated to the establishment of a tourist railway for the Darling Downs region. Why Downs Steam? DownsSteam seeks to share with local, national and international visitors the best in lifestyle and produce the region has to offer. THE DOWNS STEAM DREAM To run regular passenger services that would be part of an integrated transport trail including such attractions Cobb and Co Museum, Milne BAY Military Museum, Toowoomba Railway Station, Spring Bluff Railway Station, The Amy Aviation Museum at Oakey, the Bulls Head Inn, Jondaryan Woodshed.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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16 Cambooya St | Drayton, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
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+61 7 4630 2358
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"gold coin donation"
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"dining car"
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"dedicated volunteers"
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"guided tour"
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"train buffs"
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"steam train"
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"dont miss"
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"hidden treasure"
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"great attraction"
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"entry fee"
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"little gem"
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"morning tea"
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"great place to visit"
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"dreamtime"
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"carriage"
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

When we arrived our initial thoughts were, hmm brochure better than actual. Then we met Rob, our charismatic guide, he brought the museum to life and as he guided us through the various exhibits we were entranced. We believe this is a venue for ALL...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous visit which happened just by chance. We were guided round by Peter who shared his enthusiasm and knowledge with us. The volunteers could not have been more helpful and we'll certainly be back. Don't miss the Dreamtime carriage .

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

this Museum has np entry charge just a gold coin donation of your choice. It is operated by a team of hard working volunteers who take pride in what they do and are proud of what has been achieved. The work is still going on...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

A volunteer group who restore trains and love to show visitors around for a gold coin donation ,highlights include the dreamtime carriage and the restoration of the last steam loco produced in toowoomba

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Fantastic ground-up, community effort. The selfless work of the volunteers - from ordinary citizens to students to commercial enterprises - brings this attraction to another level altogether.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

We have attended a couple of functions at Downs Steam Museam and were blown away by the achievements of a group of dedicated volunteers. They have managed to rebuild from the ground up, a place where train enthusiasts can embrace yesteryear and at the same...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Travelling by train is a long lost art. My grand daughter loved walking through the trains on show and was amazed that they actually had dining cars and sleepers. Her question was, "Is this what is was like in the olden days?" Its only open...More

Thank Rick A
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Accidentally found DownsSteam on a things to do in Toowoomba site. Spent a delightful morning there. Great restoration works in progress on some marvelous old rolling stock. Especially looking forward to the completion of work on the Drayton Belle to full Art Deco splendor and...More

Thank Maryanne H
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Spent a lovely morning here, great guide, beautiful gardens, very interesting, especially the aboriginal art, and MIck!

Thank John K
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Andrew C, General Manager at DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Hi John, Thankyou for your review, great to hear you had a good time at DownsSteam. We look forward to seeing you again out on the mainline. Regards, Andrew

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Entry by gold coin donation is so under stating this place. We had a great personal tour guide who took a lot of time to show us through and around all exhibits. Very professional set up and the Indigenous carriage was beyond belief a true...More

Thank Ray C
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Kevin K
29 December 2016|
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Response from Andrew C | Property representative |
Good afternoon Kevin, Admission is through a donation on entry or exit from the museum, on entry you will be met by a tour guide who will guide you around the premises. We are currently closed during the holiday season and... More
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frangipani4444
31 August 2016|
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Response from Andrew C | Property representative |
Hi, DownsSteam is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 9am and 3pm. Closed over the christmas period and re-open on the 3rd of January
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Bette W
25 July 2016|
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Response from Jacqueline J | Reviewed this property |
Hello Bette, There is no problem having a guide. One of the volunteers usually takes visitors on a tour. Also, the museum is a donation rather than a charge. However, there is not a cafe there, but the office there sells... More
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