On 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.