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Rosewood Railway
Rosewood Railway Museum
Map of Rosewood Railway Museum
Freeman Road
Rosewood Railway Museum
Queensland 4340 Australia

Rosewood Railway Museum
Rosewood, Ipswich Area

07 3252 1759


If you head for a little place called Rosewood, tucked away in the Bremer River valley, the train is waiting for you on the last Sunday of each month. Rosewood is 50 kilometres west of the city of Brisbane and 18 kilometres west of Ipswich and is served by the electric train from Ipswich.

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The town is home to the Rosewood Railway Museum that seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a typical Queensland branch line of the steam and early Diesel era. The Museum is an operating railway that includes a PB15 steam locomotive that hauls restored wooden carriages plus a variety of diesel locomotives and railmotors. The line is high in the hills above Rosewood so there are plenty of steep grades where the steam engine has to work hard.

The museum, part of the Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division, also has an extensive collection of restored carriages and wagons on display.

Trains run on the last Sunday of each month and the Museum is open as a static display on the other Sundays of each month. Cab rides in the vintage diesel locomotives are available around the main depot yard at Kunkala Station on running days.

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Property Details


  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet

Open Times

Note: 1000 to 1600 on the last Sunday of each month. Museum opens from 1000 to 1600 other Sundays.

Other Information

Children are required to be under the control of a parent. Picnic, refreshment and souvenir facilities available at Kunkala Station.

Toilet facility for the disabled at Museum Junction Station. Standard toilet facilities at Cabanda and Kunkala stations.

Entity Restrictions

Rosewood Rail Museum is an operating railway and therefore safety is the prime consideration. A safety instruction leaflet is issued to visitors on arrival. Visitors are required to observe safety rules.

General Comments

Tariff includes free bus connection from Rail Motor to Steam Train (return). Discounts are available for the whole trip that includes both trains.

Dedicated volunteers are responsible for the building and running of the museum and have put in countless hours of work since it was established in 1984.

There are three stations on the railway, which is total of eight kilometres long in two separate sections. On running days vintage railmotors leave Museum Junction Station in Railway Street. Rosewood hourly between 9.40 a.m. and 1.40 p.m. for the trip to Perry's Nob, where a bus waits to transport visitors the short distance to Cabanda Station and the steam train which conveys visitors in heritage wooden carriages to our main depot at Kunkala. Steam trains depart Cabanda hourly between 10.15 a.m. and 4.15 p.m.

How To Get There

You can find them in the UBD Street directory Brisbane maps 209 and 210. Take an Ipswich/Rosewood train from Brisbane Central. At Rosewood, exit station, turn right, walk 400 metres east to Museum Junction. For self drive visitors via the Warrego Highway, turn off at the township of Marburg, proceed along the Rosewood-Marburg Road approximately seven kilometres from Cabanda Station (UBD Map 209 Ref Q8) and 11 kilometres from Museum Junction Station (UBD Map 2 Ref C14). For self drive visitors via the Cunningham Highway, turn right into the Ipswich-Rosewood Road near the Amberley air base junction. Proceed to Rosewood. From Museum Junction Station turn right into Railway Street once across the Queensland Rail railway line and follow the road east 400 metres. Form Cabanda Station drive up main street and head four kilometres towards Marburg.

Tariff Text

Train tickets and refreshments - cash only. Charters and Hires - cheque or cash. Souvenirs - cash, cheque, bankcard and visa.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$8.00   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Travel on either the Railmotor or the Steam Train.
Adult$14.00   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Travel on both the Railmotor and the Steam Train.
(Aged 5-15)
$4.00   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Travel on either the Railmotor or the Steam Train.
(Aged 5-15)
$7.00   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Travel on both the Railmotor and the Steam Train.

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.