Peter Jordan keeps the fires burning on the huge boiler that drives the steam winding engine at the Gold Mining and Historic museum.
Peter Jordan keeps the fires burning on the huge boiler that drives the steam winding engine at the Gold Mining and Historic museum. Craig Warhurst

Ultimate steam festival begins

GET set for a huge weekend of historic steam engines, planes, trains, automobiles and “big boys’ toys” at Gympie’s Ultimate Steam Festival.

This steamy event is held at three venues – the Gold Mining and Historical Museum, Woodworks Forestry and Timber Museum and the old Gympie Railway Station on Tozer St.

These heritage attractions will present a unique, fun and educational experience not just for steam buffs, but for all people young and old to experience various uses of steam.

Jump aboard the steam train rides on The Valley Rattler for a scenic tour today or tomorrow, or take a trip to the Gold Mining Museum to watch the grand parades showcasing a scale steam locomotive, vintage and classic vehicle displays.

A steam boat will be launched on Lake Alford and a restored 1930s vintage bus will be offering bus rides to Suncoast Gold for an inspection of the factory and its steam powered co-generator.

Stick around, and the Stamper Shed comes alive tonight with a three-course “steam theme” dinner, entertainment and interesting historical, steam related slide and film presentation of yesteryear.

Don’t miss the starting up of the old working steam-driven bush sawmill, model steam toys, static and working engines, wood chopping and carving demonstrations during festival time at the Woodworks Museum.

These heritage attractions have been working alongside other steam and historical groups like the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group from Brisbane and the Friends of the SS Forceful Brisbane to add extra strength to the steam festival. Cast your eyes to the sky between 1and 2pm today to see the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group Flyover display some of its vintage aircraft, including a Cessna C-195 and Waco.

At each venue there will also be live entertainment, food and refreshments, children’s rides and activities, markets, historical and educational tours, steamy demonstrations and historical displays to name a few.

Entry at each venue is adults $10, seniors $7, students $5 and children under 12 free.

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