RAIL & MAIL WEEKEND TRIP 16th & 17th October 2021

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Hello Fellow Jeepers,

Just touching base with those who have put their names on the list or even those that are maybe still deciding on joining our Rail and Mail weekend on the 16th and 17th of October. You are most welcome to join us for the whole weekend, just for a day or for as long as you have available.

We will be stationed at the Laidley Showgrounds, 2 MacGregor Street - Our Staging Post.

Cost $20 per night per site (2 people) for power and water, $5 for extra person.

CASH ONLY. Camp fees to be paid to Carolyn when signing in.

There are showers and toilets however the facilities are old but reasonably clean.

On Friday, if any eager travellers wish to join us early at 9.30am, we could do a self-guided tour of the Ipswich Rail Museum to get the theme rolling and to see first hand what the Rail Trip would have been like in the 1800’s and early 1920’s. Cost is $14.50 per person or $12.50 concession. There is plenty of room to park your vans and it is easily accessible from the Warrego Highway straight down through Mt Cosby turnoff and is at the very end of that road (North Street, North Ipswich). We then could travel through to the Our Staging Post (Laidley Showgrounds). Please advise us if you are interested in visiting The Ipswich Rail Museum otherwise make your own way to Laidley. We will only do this if enough people are interested.

Saturday will see us retracing the steps of the early pioneers and adventurers on their train trip, then their exchange onto the Cobb and Co coach. Unfortunately, we will have to travel in the comfort of our modern cars, but back then the intrepid traveller’s ride was much more adventurous and a somewhat lot rougher.

We will be taking our own morning tea on this day trip. Eventually we will arrive at Apex Park or the Gatton Staging Post at around lunch time. We have booked a table at the Colonial Café for lunch, everybody to order off the menu here. Then at 1.30 pm we have organised a guided tour of the Transport Museum. Cost $8 pp or $6 concession.

For those interested in the finer arts, they can peruse the Art Gallery. Everybody can then make their way back to the Showgrounds or follow us back to relax and have Happy Hour. The mail should arrive before happy hour.

Special prizes to be drawn over the weekend.

Sunday is an early start as we head up the steep ascent of the range over rough unmarked trails to the Outpost of Toowoomba. Here we will tour the Cobb and Co Museum at 10.30am to get a better idea of this mode of transport back in the good old days. Cost of tour $12.50pp or $10pp concession Those who have to make their way home on Sunday can make their way back and hitch up at the Showgrounds and travel home. Some may wish to linger on for lunch at the Cobb & Co Museum.

We will be staying at the Staging Post until Monday and those wishing to stay on with us are most welcome to take time to recover from their arduous trip.

This is a rough idea of what is planned, be prepared to be shot back into the period of this mode of transport. So, bring your imagination, your sense of adventure and fun, to relive the good old days of Rail and Mail. There will be no slouching of duties, gentlemen may be required to push, if boggy or the coach has trouble traversing the terrain, and remember the Mail must get there on time. So, ladies hang onto your hats, please do not show too much ankle alighting the coach and Gentlemen, there will be no retrieving of any passengers from the watering holes. We advise against bringing valuables as from time to time the coaches have been held up by bushrangers.

We look forward to this adventure and we hope you will too. If you have not put your names down and wish to travel on this trip with us, please let us know.

Bill and Julie Ph 0416299662 or 0459563451

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