Southern Downs Steam Railway (SDSR) aims to provide a unique heritage railway experience on the Darling Downs and Granite belt through the operation of a tourist railway.
The Southern Downs Steam Railway is based on the site of Warwick's former Locomotive Depot. It was a seven road part Roundhouse, supplying locomotive power to the Southern Line, South-Western Line, Maryvale, Killarney, Allora/Goomburra, Amiens and Texas branches, before closing in 1969.
Now called the Warwick Railway Precinct, it is the site of our C17 locomotive and carriage restoration. The Peter Brixey museum, located on site, houses our museum pieces, historical documents and artifacts. It resides in what was the station building at Cottonvale.
The Allora/Goomburra Branch is another extension of the SDSR. Located about 25 km's from Warwick, this 6 km branch line runs from Hendon to Allora. A former extension to this branch line used to run from Allora up to the Goomburra Valley. Rail traffic continued on this line up until 1995, when the line was moth-balled by Queensland Rail. SDSR have been fortunate in acquiring this corridor, and restoration is progressing well.
Our ultimate aims
SDSR is proudly supported by Warwick Tourism and Events.
SDSR's steam loco has had a mechanical failure on it's service to Wallangarra on Saturday 30 November.
The train has been returned to Warwick, all passengers were looked after well and alternative transport was arranged to complete their tours, and has been refered to by some passengers as their "rail adventure".
SDSR will be working hard to repair the damaged part, and the remaining services for 2013 have been cancelled as a result.
We thank everyone for their continued support and apologise for any inconvenience.
Updates will appear on this page as we have further information to hand.
All eqnuiries please ring (07) 4661 9788 or email us.
If you would like to contribute to a 'Rescue the Loco' fund, please contact the treasurer. or donate through Paypal using the button below.
Donations of $2 or more a fully tax deductable.