Ultimate Steam Festival family fun
FROM steam trains to steam traction engines to steam road rollers to steam pumps, it seems many people are simply fascinated by all things steam.
The Ultimate Steam Festival, beginning today and finishing on Monday, gives the whole family a chance to see a huge collection of everything steam.
Highlights include the Valley Rattler steam train rides to Amamoor through the scenic Mary Valley, the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum and the Woodworks Forestry and Timber Museum, as well as a “guest appearance” of the Mary Ann steam locomotive replica from Maryborough.
The Woodworks Museum’s replica 1860s steam driven bush sawmill will be in steam, as will the Gold Mining and Historical Museum’s huge 1899 gold mine winding engine.
There will be two Valley Rattler steam train rides per day for the entire festival and these will depart Gympie Station in Tozer Street at 9.30am and 1.45pm.
Both trains will travel to Amamoor where the locomotive can be watched turning on the turntable before travelling to Dagun for wine and cheese tasting and then returning to Gympie.
These trains will be hauled by vintage steam locomotives hauling the Valley Rattler heritage carriages.
The Ultimate Steam Festival tickets include a return trip to Amamoor on the Valley Rattler, a ride on the Mary Ann and unlimited entry over the weekend to both the Woodworks Museum and the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum. Tickets are available from the Valley Rattler office on 5482 2750 or online at www.gympieultimatesteam.com.