Murray Sondergeld and Bob Keogh spent yesterday preparing the steam engine for the Heritage Weekend trip to Wallangarra.
Murray Sondergeld and Bob Keogh spent yesterday preparing the steam engine for the Heritage Weekend trip to Wallangarra. Jayden Brown

Visitors here for heritage

THE Heritage Weekend is on track to be a steaming success, with up to 150 visitors coming to the Rose City for a trip to Wallangarra on the Southern Downs Steam Railway's train.

The Southern Downs Steam Railway will feature heavily in this weekend's heritage events, with crowds expected to head to the holding yard on Hamilton St to check out all the old train carriages.

Southern Downs Steam Railway member Bob Amos said the Heritage Weekend was an excellent way of further promoting the steam train.

"Steam rail is a huge injection to the community," he said.

"People love it - they keep flocking to it."

A steam train packed with 150 passengers, including two Rotary Club groups from Brisbane, will leave the Warwick Train Station bound for Wallangarra this morning at 8am.

Mr Amos said the steam railway was good for the community.

"The community like it - every time the gate is open we have people in having a look-around," he said.

"We seem to be doing the right thing - there's been lots of complimentary feedback from passengers."

Aside from running tours and throwing their gates open to the public, Southern Downs Steam Railway members have been busily restoring an old carriage, repairing their old steam engine and working on a train model display room.

"We have a lot of things coming together," Mr Amos said.

The Southern Downs Steam Railway yard on Hamilton St will be open to the public tomorrow from 10am-4pm, with families encouraged to bring along the kids and check out the heritage steam engine and carriages for just $2.



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