Mar 312014

M20140330142851-webOn Sunday we travelled to Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tableland to take a trip on the Ravenshoe Heritage Steam Railway

This steam train, lovingly restored and operated by a team of local volunteers, makes a leisurely 7 km trip from Ravenshoe to Tumoulin most Sundays.

One of the ways funds are raised to keep the train running is by people paying for sleepers, which are carved with the name of the person making the donation.

The train passes  the old Rosenfeld-Meixner Steam Sawmill, which is now the Ravenshoe Mitre 10 store and runs through a Eucalypt Forest, where you can see blackened tree trunks from the fires, which are not uncommon in the dry season. Some of the fuel to run the train is supplied from this forest.

At several locations, fluffy toys have been suspended in the trees to add some amusement to the trip.

At 964 metres above sea level, Tumoulin is the highest railway station in Queensland. It consists of a small station building and a canteen, where passengers can purchase light refreshments before the train leaves on the return journey to Ravenshoe.

And for anyone wondering what size shoes ravens wear, the town’s name is pronounced ravens-hoe, not raven-shoe.

  8 Responses to “Ravenshoe Heritage Steam Railway”

  1. Superb collection of photographs Mike… was a great day out and you’ve covered almost everything. For some reason I really like the pic of the upholstery….guess it brings back memories of the regular train travel I did as a kid.

    • Thanks, Ian. I see you noticed I didn’t include any pictures of you.

      That doesn’t mean I don’t have any for later blackmail amusement. 🙂

  2. Very interesting,I don’t know how you find out about all the unusual things
    Glad you can both get out and do your photography again

  3. Looks good Mike. I’m sending this on to a good friend of ours in Auckland who is a train addict. He’ll love it. xx

  4. Looks like it was a great trip. I’ll show Andrew this when he gets up (nightshift) as he’s from that end of town. LOL Hope Roz. managed those train steps O.K.

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