Southern Downs Steam Railway crew on Sunday at the Warwick Railway Station.
Southern Downs Steam Railway crew on Sunday at the Warwick Railway Station. Gerard Walsh

Rail passengers love steam trips

QUEENSLAND Rail historian Greg Hallam was in Warwick for a busy Southern Downs Steam Rail weekend - trips with 80 passengers to Wallangarra and Clifton.

Mr Hallam said so much of the railway history of Queensland was tied up in the Southern Downs area, especially Warwick and Wallangarra,

"I come down to a wonderfully historical part of the world a few times each year to give them (steam rail group) support," Mr Hallam said.

"The Clifton station we travelled to is a 1870s station.

"I was impressed with the numbers on the train, for some travellers it was their first time near a steam train."

Mr Hallam said Queensland Rail had given Southern Downs Steam Railway some photo boards from their historical collection.

Fancy dress was the in thing on Sunday when a group from O'Shanley's Hotel at Clifton boarded the train at Warwick for the trip to Clifton and lunch at O'Shanley's.

Steam railway committee member Lindsay Mills said it had been a terrific weekend.

"We had lunch in the dining room at Wallangarra (station) on Saturday and then at O'Shanley's on Sunday."



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