The Australian Railway Historical Society was formed in Sydney in 1933. As national interest grew, divisions formed in other states with Queensland joining in 1957.
Different state divisions have developed separate interests and activities and there are operating museums and railways, books, magazines and special meetings that are testament to Australia's greatest railway preservation group.
People of all ages and from all walks of life who share a common interest in trains and railways enjoy the activities available to members of the Society. They love the sight and sound of a working steam locomotive, and even better, enjoying a day on the rails.
If you have ever had the desire to drive one of these old beauties, you can do just that in the Queensland hinterland, 90 minutes hours from the Gold Coast.
The Rosewood Railway Museum has daily lessons and the non-profit company has privately leased 2.5km of closed track between Kunkala and Cabanda where you can take out the 500 horsepower DH38 for the day.
At the end of the journey, when you've shut down the diesel monster, you end up with a piece of Queensland Rail history your very own diesel locomotive licence to hang on the wall.
Rosewell, about one hour west of Brisbane
Diesel Driver for a Day costs $250 per person for around four hours. They run year round with two or more people booked. Steam train lessons are scheduled for later in the year and will cost $350.
Prices correct at April 3, 2008.
For further information
Diesel Driver for a Day
Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division
Rosewood Railway Museum
57A Freeman Road
Ph: (07) 3252 1759