Here’s a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon! After lunch, hop on a steam train for a leisurely trip around Brisbane’s suburbs. Departing from Roma Street station we will head out through the northern areas as far as Eagle Junction where we take the right-hand fork and go to Pinkenba.
While electric trains do ply this route as far as Doomben the rails beyond see very little traffic these days. At Pinkenba we proceed around the balloon loop and retrace our steps back to Eagle Junction and Mayne. After passing once more through the city area we cross the Merivale Bridge and pass through South Brisbane and South Bank stations. At Park Road we will keep to the left onto the Cleveland Line through Coorparoo, Cannon Hill, Wynnum and Manly to Thorneside.
There will be a chance to stretch your legs on the platform here while the steam engine is turned on the fork line. Back on board we head back towards the city but at Buranda we turn left to Dutton Park and Yeerongpilly. Then it’s the cross-country line to Sherwood and back down the Main Line through Indooroopilly and Roma Street completing the afternoon’s journey.