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Dreamworld Express
Dreamworld Express logo.jpg
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Dreamworld
AreaMain Street, ABC Kids World, Corroboree, Gold Rush Country
Coordinates27°51′46.78″S 153°18′59.91″E / 27.8629944°S 153.3166417°E / -27.8629944; 153.3166417 (Dreamworld Express - Central Station)Coordinates: 27°51′46.78″S 153°18′59.91″E / 27.8629944°S 153.3166417°E / -27.8629944; 153.3166417 (Dreamworld Express - Central Station)
StatusOperating
Opening date15 December 1981 (1981-12-15)
Ride statistics
Attraction type4-6-0 steam outline diesel hydrostatic locomotive
ManufacturerC&S
ModelTrain ride
Length1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Speed8 km/h (5.0 mph)
Capacity320 riders per hour
Vehicle typeTrain
Vehicles
Duration20 minutes (full circuit)
Stations4[a]
Riders per train72
Previous nameCannonball Express
Dreamworld Railway
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Dreamworld Express
(Defunct track loop)
Locomotive shed
(not open to public)
Rocky Hollow Station (inactive)
Bus transfer
(via short walk outside park)
Central Park Station (active)
Corroboree Station (active)
Billabong Station (inactive)

The Dreamworld Express is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge[1] railway located at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia.[2]

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2 ft and 600 mm gauge railways

2 ft and 600 mm gauge railways

Two foot and 600 mm gauge railways are narrow gauge railways with track gauges of 2 ft and 600 mm, respectively. Railways with similar, less common track gauges, such as 1 ft 11+3⁄4 in and 1 ft 11+1⁄2 in, are grouped with 2 ft and 600 mm gauge railways.

Dreamworld (Australia)

Dreamworld (Australia)

Dreamworld is a theme park and zoo situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is Australia's biggest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions.

Amusement park

Amusement park

An amusement park is a park that features various attractions, such as rides and games, as well as other events for entertainment purposes. A theme park is a type of amusement park that bases its structures and attractions around a central theme, often featuring multiple areas with different themes. Unlike temporary and mobile funfairs and carnivals, amusement parks are stationary and built for long-lasting operation. They are more elaborate than city parks and playgrounds, usually providing attractions that cater to a variety of age groups. While amusement parks often contain themed areas, theme parks place a heavier focus with more intricately-designed themes that revolve around a particular subject or group of subjects.

Gold Coast, Queensland

Gold Coast, Queensland

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the state of Queensland, Australia, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the centre of the state capital Brisbane. With a population over 600,000, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, the nation's largest regional city, and Queensland's second-largest city after Brisbane. The city's Central Business District is located roughly in the centre of the Gold Coast in the suburb of Southport, with the suburb holding more corporate office space than anywhere else in the city. The urban area of the Gold Coast is concentrated along the coast sprawling almost 60 kilometers, joining up with the Greater Brisbane Metropolitan Area to the north and to the state border with New South Wales to the south.

Queensland

Queensland

Queensland is a state situated in northeastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous of the Australian states. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, southwest and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean; to its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi), Queensland is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity; it is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland's geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climatic regions of its interior.

Australia

Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

History

The Dreamworld Express opened with Dreamworld on 15 December 1981, as the Cannonball Express. At the time, the railway only featured a single stop in Main Street.[3] A steam locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 was purchased and 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) of track was said to have been laid to develop the ride.[3] This figure must relate to the quantity of rail used as reference to maps show that the line is only about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) in length. The Baldwin locomotive was originally used during the First World War in France before being relocated to Queensland for use on the cane fields.[4] At the time of its opening, the Cannonball Express was said to be the Longest privately owned railway in Australia.[5] However, this was clearly incorrect. It is not even the longest privately owned passenger railway. A second steam locomotive, built by Perry Engineering in 1951, which had also seen service at a Queensland sugar mill, was purchased and put into service on the railway. Until the late 1990s, the railway operated with both steam locomotives in peak periods. The railway then shifted to operations on a rotational basis, with one train being serviced while the other would operate normally. The two locomotives could each tow carriages to cater for up to 160 passengers at a time. A set of covered cars were mostly used on the railway, with a set of uncovered carriages, now disposed of, being rarely used unless both trains were operating. A carriage with disabled access was always added to the end of at least one of the operating trains.[5]

After Easter 2013, Dreamworld began operating the train only on weekends and school holidays.[6] The park subsequently replaced the two steam locomotives with a diesel replacement.[7] The diesel masquerades as a steam locomotive and was built by ride manufacturers C&S in Italy. The ride now operates as the Dreamworld Express.[8]

On 26 January 2016, Dreamworld reintroduced the Baldwin locomotive as a one-off event.[9] Subsequently, it was announced that the steam locomotive would operate on the first Saturday of every month and on other occasions.[10]

During late 2020 and 2021, the Dreamworld Express was temporarily closed for a re-routing of the tracks in order to make way for Dreamworld’s new Steel Taipan roller coaster. Tracks near The Giant Drop and Rocky Hollow Station and the train sheds were removed due to the close proximity to Steel Taipan's construction site. The ride was initially marked as temporarily closed due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. [11] On 17 July 2021, Dreamworld announced $1,000,000 refurbishment on the Dreamworld Express. The refurbishment included the acquisition of new custom train carriages built by a world-class train manufacturer.[12] which feature fold-up seating to allow for better wheelchair and pram accessibility.

The ride reopened on 1 July 2022 and now runs in the opposite direction.[13]

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Main Street (Dreamworld)

Main Street (Dreamworld)

Main Street is a themed land at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The area acts as the main hub for the park catering as a gateway to many other lands including Gold Rush Country, DreamWorks Experience and Ocean Parade.

Steam locomotive

Steam locomotive

A steam locomotive is a locomotive that provides the force to move itself and other vehicles by means of the expansion of steam. It is fuelled by burning combustible material to heat water in the locomotive's boiler to the point where it becomes gaseous and its volume increases 1,700 times. Functionally, it is a steam engine on wheels.

Baldwin Locomotive Works

Baldwin Locomotive Works

The Baldwin Locomotive Works (BLW) was an American manufacturer of railroad locomotives from 1825 to 1951. Originally located in Philadelphia, it moved to nearby Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century. The company was for decades the world's largest producer of steam locomotives, but struggled to compete as demand switched to diesel locomotives. Baldwin produced the last of its 70,000-plus locomotives in 1951, before merging with the Lima-Hamilton Corporation on September 11, 1951, to form the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation.

France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a country primarily located in Western Europe. It also includes overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, giving it one of the largest discontiguous exclusive economic zones in the world. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain close to 68 million people.

Sugarcane

Sugarcane

Sugarcane or sugar cane is a species of tall, perennial grass that is used for sugar production. The plants are 2–6 m (6–20 ft) tall with stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sucrose, which accumulates in the stalk internodes. Sugarcanes belong to the grass family, Poaceae, an economically important flowering plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice, and sorghum, and many forage crops. It is native to the warm temperate and tropical regions of India, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. The plant is also grown for biofuel production, especially in Brazil, as the canes can be used directly to produce ethyl alcohol (ethanol).

Perry Engineering

Perry Engineering

Perry Engineering was a major foundry and steel engineering works in the state of South Australia.

Diesel locomotive

Diesel locomotive

A diesel locomotive is a type of railway locomotive in which the prime mover is a diesel engine. Several types of diesel locomotives have been developed, differing mainly in the means by which mechanical power is conveyed to the driving wheels.

Steel Taipan

Steel Taipan

Steel Taipan is a steel launched roller coaster at Dreamworld in Coomera, Queensland, Australia. Steel Taipan serves as a direct replacement to the former Thunder River Rapids Ride. The roller coaster is the first triple-launched coaster in the Southern Hemisphere, and is named after the deadly Taipan family of snakes native to Australia.

The Giant Drop

The Giant Drop

The Giant Drop is a drop tower ride located at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia. Manufactured by Intamin, the ride was added in December 1998 to the existing Dreamworld Tower which housed the Tower of Terror. For fourteen years, The Giant Drop held the record for the tallest drop tower in the world.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 26 January 2023, the pandemic had caused more than 669 million cases and 6.79 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Route and stations

Since reopening in July 2022, the railway has been modified with a shorter layout and a reversed (clockwise) travel direction. Currently, only two of the original four stations are inactive. The remaining stations have been modified to include raised platforms for enhanced accessibility.

There are four stations located throughout the park, however, only two stations are currently active. The first is Central Park Station located at the end of Main Street at the bottom of the hill. The railway then crosses between Steel Taipan, Motocoaster and The Giant Drop before passing the former Rocky Hollow Station located near the former Rocky Hollow Log Ride in Gold Rush Country. The railway then travels alongside the Murrissippi River and passes part of the Dreamworld Corroboree area before arriving at Corroboree Station with entry and exit via Prestos Training Cafe and Bunya Trading Gift Shop. The train then passes the rest of the Dreamworld Corroboree area and the Dreamworld Woolshed before passing a set of boom gates. The train then passes the former Billabong Station which is located between the Corroboree and ABC Kids World, next to the Billabong Buffet Restaurant. The train then navigates between Tiger Island, ABC Kids World and the former building for the Tower of Terror II before passing through another set of boom gates and arriving back at Central Park Station.

This railway is slightly based on the Disneyland Railroad, with the Baldwin locomotive resembling the #4 Ernest S. Marsh locomotive (appropriate enough, it also uses #4), the cars designed with the Excursion III design, and there being four station stops.

Historical features

Prior to the 2021 refurbishment, the railway travelled in an anti-clockwise direction, servicing four stations (Central Park, Billabong, Corroboree and Rocky Hollow).

From Rocky Hollow Station, the track passed around the former location of the Blue Lagoon water park as well as Dreamworld Studios where Big Brother Australia was filmed. It then returned to Central Park Station in Main Street after passing the railway maintenance sheds.[14]

The route also previously featured a tunnel and waterfall near the Billabong Station. Remnants of the tunnel are still in-situ and include indigenous-themed artwork.

At times, the ride also included various simulated hold-ups, in which comedic bushranger characters would attempt to hijack and rob the train before being arrested and detained by police.

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Main Street (Dreamworld)

Main Street (Dreamworld)

Main Street is a themed land at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The area acts as the main hub for the park catering as a gateway to many other lands including Gold Rush Country, DreamWorks Experience and Ocean Parade.

Steel Taipan

Steel Taipan

Steel Taipan is a steel launched roller coaster at Dreamworld in Coomera, Queensland, Australia. Steel Taipan serves as a direct replacement to the former Thunder River Rapids Ride. The roller coaster is the first triple-launched coaster in the Southern Hemisphere, and is named after the deadly Taipan family of snakes native to Australia.

Motocoaster (Dreamworld)

Motocoaster (Dreamworld)

Motocoaster is a 605-metre (1,985 ft) long motorcycle roller coaster at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The A$10 million ride, constructed by Intamin and opened to the public in September 2007, was associated with Australian motorcyclist Mick Doohan until 2022. It is the first motorcycle coaster in Australia, the first Intamin MotorBike Launch Coaster worldwide, and the first to feature life-size replicas of 500 cc racing bikes.

The Giant Drop

The Giant Drop

The Giant Drop is a drop tower ride located at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia. Manufactured by Intamin, the ride was added in December 1998 to the existing Dreamworld Tower which housed the Tower of Terror. For fourteen years, The Giant Drop held the record for the tallest drop tower in the world.

Rocky Hollow Log Ride

Rocky Hollow Log Ride

The Rocky Hollow Log Ride was a log flume which took groups of 4 riders on a gentle four and a half-minute cruise through channels, in and out of buildings, before ascending the lift hill. The ride concluded with a 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) drop causing all riders to become soaked.

Gold Rush Country

Gold Rush Country

The Gold Rush Country is a themed land at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Dreamworld Corroboree

Dreamworld Corroboree

Dreamworld Corroboree is a collection of wildlife attractions at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The area is divided into several subsections which allow guests to view the animals in their natural habitats. Dreamworld Corroboree is a registered zoo with 800 native and barnyard animals located within the Dreamworld grounds.

ABC Kids World

ABC Kids World

ABC Kids World is a themed land at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The area is dedicated to the shows and characters from various shows that air on ABC Kids.

Disneyland Railroad

Disneyland Railroad

The Disneyland Railroad (DRR), formerly known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, is a 3-foot narrow-gauge heritage railroad and attraction in the Disneyland theme park of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in the United States. Its route is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long and encircles the majority of the park, with train stations in four different park areas. The rail line, which was constructed by WED Enterprises, operates with two steam locomotives built by WED and three historic steam locomotives originally built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The ride takes roughly 18 minutes to complete a round trip on its main line when three trains are running, and 20 minutes when four trains are running. Two to four trains can be in operation at any time, three on average.

Blue Lagoon (waterpark)

Blue Lagoon (waterpark)

Blue Lagoon was a themed water park at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The area consisted of a large mountain which contained three water slides and two swimming pools.

Dreamworld Studios

Dreamworld Studios

Dreamworld Studios was an auditorium with production facilities located at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is notable for being the location of Big Brother Australia’s live shows. In 2019, the studio, along with the Big Brother house, was bulldozed to make way for Steel Taipan.

Big Brother (Australian TV series)

Big Brother (Australian TV series)

Big Brother Australia is an Australian reality show based on the international Big Brother format created by John de Mol.

Rolling Stock

The Baldwin locomotive was originally used during the First World War in France before being relocated to Queensland for use on the cane fields.[4]

A second steam locomotive, built by Perry Engineering in 1951, which had also seen service at a Queensland sugar mill, was purchased and put into service on the railway. Until the late 1990s, the railway operated with both steam locomotives in peak periods. The railway then shifted to operations on a rotational basis, with one train being serviced while the other would operate normally.

The two locomotives could each tow carriages to cater for up to 160 passengers at a time. A set of covered cars were mostly used on the railway, with a set of uncovered carriages, now disposed of, being rarely used unless both trains were operating. A carriage with disabled access was always added to the end of at least one of the operating trains.[5]

The steam locomotives were replaced with a diesel replica in 2013. The Perry Locomotive was relocated to the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society (ANGRMS) at Woodford, Queensland, where it remains under restoration. The Baldwin locomotive was retained by Dreamworld and is currently on display outside Central Park Station.

New passenger carriages with accessible seating were introduced in July 2022, following the refurbishment of the ride.

Class Image Type Number in service Wheel arrangements Manufacturer Carriages Built Notes
Locomotives
C&S Custom Diesel Locomotive 1 4-6-0 C&S 2013
Baldwin Class 10-12-D Dreamworld Railway.jpg Steam Locomotive 4-6-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works 1917 Retired from service in 2013. Preserved outside Central Park Station.
Perry Engineering Perry Engineering Locomotive Steam Locomotive 0-6-2T Perry Engineering 1951 Retired from service in 2013. Obtained in 2014 by Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society (ANGRMS) in Woodford, Queensland. Currently under restoration.
Carriages
Severn Lamb custom Passenger Carriage 3 Un­known Severn Lamb 3 2021

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France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a country primarily located in Western Europe. It also includes overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, giving it one of the largest discontiguous exclusive economic zones in the world. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain close to 68 million people.

Sugarcane

Sugarcane

Sugarcane or sugar cane is a species of tall, perennial grass that is used for sugar production. The plants are 2–6 m (6–20 ft) tall with stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sucrose, which accumulates in the stalk internodes. Sugarcanes belong to the grass family, Poaceae, an economically important flowering plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice, and sorghum, and many forage crops. It is native to the warm temperate and tropical regions of India, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. The plant is also grown for biofuel production, especially in Brazil, as the canes can be used directly to produce ethyl alcohol (ethanol).

Perry Engineering

Perry Engineering

Perry Engineering was a major foundry and steel engineering works in the state of South Australia.

Woodford, Queensland

Woodford, Queensland

Woodford is a rural town and locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the locality of Woodford had a population of 3,458 people.

Baldwin Class 10-12-D

Baldwin Class 10-12-D

The Baldwin Class 10-12-D was a class of narrow gauge 4-6-0PT steam locomotives built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works (USA) for the British War Department Light Railways for service in France during World War I. They were built in 1916–1917 to 600 mm gauge.

Steam locomotive

Steam locomotive

A steam locomotive is a locomotive that provides the force to move itself and other vehicles by means of the expansion of steam. It is fuelled by burning combustible material to heat water in the locomotive's boiler to the point where it becomes gaseous and its volume increases 1,700 times. Functionally, it is a steam engine on wheels.

4-6-0

4-6-0

A 4-6-0 steam locomotive, under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives by wheel arrangement, has four leading wheels on two axles in a leading bogie and six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles with the absence of trailing wheels.

Baldwin Locomotive Works

Baldwin Locomotive Works

The Baldwin Locomotive Works (BLW) was an American manufacturer of railroad locomotives from 1825 to 1951. Originally located in Philadelphia, it moved to nearby Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century. The company was for decades the world's largest producer of steam locomotives, but struggled to compete as demand switched to diesel locomotives. Baldwin produced the last of its 70,000-plus locomotives in 1951, before merging with the Lima-Hamilton Corporation on September 11, 1951, to form the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation.

Severn Lamb

Severn Lamb

Severn Lamb, sometimes known as Severn-Lamb, are manufacturers of various forms of transport systems and equipment, principally aimed at the leisure market. They are based at Alcester in the English county of Warwickshire, but sell their products worldwide.

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Notes
  1. ^ Two stations are currently inactive.
  2. ^ Station currently not in use.
  3. ^ Station currently not in use.
References
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  2. ^ "Dreamworld Railway". Dreamworld. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Dreamworld History" (PDF). Dreamworld. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "The Gold Coast finds a reply to Disneyland". The Age. 19 April 1982. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Dreamworld Railway (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Ride & Attraction Maintenance". Dreamworld. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  7. ^ Parkz (7 October 2013). "Dreamworld, October 2013". Parkz. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Dreamworld Express". Dreamworld. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ Richard Wilson (27 January 2016). "Dreamworld's historic 'Baldwin' steam train returns to service". Parkz. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  10. ^ Richard Wilson (28 January 2016). "Steam train back for monthly outings at Dreamworld". Parkz. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ Richard Wilson (28 November 2019). "The Parkz Update: Steel Taipan: Dreamworld's forthcoming roller coaster gets a name as construction moves forward". Parkz. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Park Updates". Dreamworld. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Park Updates". Dreamworld. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Park Map" (PDF). Dreamworld. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.

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