Trails to Rails Grand Tour 2022

The Trails to Rails Grand Tour was designed by TeamStrange in the US as a rally that could be run anywhere in the world. The premise is to find and photograph steam trains with your motorcycle and rally flag. Points are awarded for each train photographed- 1 point for a steam train and 5 points for an operating steam train. There is also a bonus location in Australia 140km up a dirt road off the Eyre highway at the memorial where the east and west tracks met.

The Grand Tour runs between 1 April 2022 and 15 November 2022.

To be classified as a finisher you need 25 points.

NSW

Albion Park – Illawarra light railway society
Bulli
Corrimal
Dorrigo – The spooky silhouette of oiled trains in the black of night.
Forbes – this train is literally in the middle of a paddock.
Parkes
St Marys
Wauchope – Timbertown Historic Railway

Queensland

Amamore – Destination of the Mary Valley Rattler.
Gympie – starting location of the Mary Valley Rattler
Ipswich – The Workshops Rail Museum. To get this photo they allowed me to walk my bike into the museum courtyard. Do you want some steam for your photo? Sure.
Nambour – Steam museum – the staff insisted that I roll my bike across a ramp and into the museum to take a photo of this cane steam train rather than the inferior one out the front behind mesh.
Nambour – Sunshine Coast Model Railway Society
Ravensbourne
Swanbank – QLD Pioneer Steam Railway
Toowoomba – Downs Steam Tourist Railway and Museum – the team were incredibly accommodating and encouraged me to bring the bike into the workshop to get a photo with their train.
Woodford – Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society
Yandina – The Ginger Factory. This old steam train has been converted to diesel and is being used as a tourist train around the ginger factory.