ALL ABOARD: Southern Downs Steam Railway volunteers Nick Geraghty, Adam Cole and John Davis with owner of the diesel locomotive, Adrian Hurley (middle) prepare for a new destination.
ALL ABOARD: Southern Downs Steam Railway volunteers Nick Geraghty, Adam Cole and John Davis with owner of the diesel locomotive, Adrian Hurley (middle) prepare for a new destination. Contributed

Take an adventure on a 1960's diesel locomotive to Nobby

IT WILL be a case of new year, new destination for the volunteers at Southern Downs Steam Rail this Australia Day.

For the first time, travellers will climb aboard the historic 1960's diesel locomotive for an adventure to Nobby.

Secretary Bob Amos said while the railway company had travelled through Nobby in the past, this would be the first time a return trip to the small Queensland town had been organised.

"We thought we would do something a bit special for Australia Day," he said.

"We try to keep doing something different; it's just a good little destination with plenty of great things to see."

Nobby was originally named after the McDonald's Camp workers camp along the Western railway line from Toowoomba to Warwick.

The old railway station has since been turned into a craftwork and museum tourist spot

Mr Amos said the diesel train would give passengers a trip through history.

"The diesel train is just as old as the regular steam train we use," he said. "The experience is the same with the vintage carriages, people really enjoy it."

Some of the highlights for the day trip include lunch at Rudd's Pub, named after famous author Steele Rudd, and the Sister Kenny House.

The small museum is a memorial to Sister Elizabeth Kenny who pioneered physiotherapy as a treatment for polio.

Bookings are essential, tickets cost $45 per adult, children under 14 are half price and children under four are free.

Passengers can choose to bring their own lunch or take advantage of a meal at Rudd's Pub for $25. The train departs Warwick Station at 8:30am

For more information and bookings phone 4661 9788.



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