HIGHFIELDS PIONEER VILLAGE, MUSEUM & PARK INC.
Highfields Pioneer Village officially opened their Miniature Train Track on the 11th of December at 10am. The Miniature Steam Loco Myrtle May’s total length (with carriages) is 11.6m, she runs on 10¼” track and has 3 passenger carriages and a water and coal tender. She can carry more than 12 adults or 18 children at any time!
Myrtle May was built by Nelson Hoey and named after his wife. Myrtle May`s parts were cast at the Toowoomba Foundry. Based on the production drawings of the 1915 C16 Steam locomotive, Myrtle May is a smaller scale model of the C16s, originally designed in 1903 as an improved 4-8-0 loco built by various firms. 15 of the full-sized Locos were built by the Toowoomba Foundry for Queensland Rail. The last of the C16’s was commissioned on 21 April 1915 and withdrawn from service on 28 May, 1964, after travelling 1,134,533 miles around Queensland. The last surviving full scale C16 is currently being restored at Downs Steam.
Highfields Pioneer Village Volunteers aim to run little Myrtle May regularly on the last Sunday of every month and special days. Tickets are $3 per child and $5 per adult, children under 5 years are required to have an adult accompany them. Schedule of Running Days
The Village is also open every day except Christmas Day from 10am to 4pm. For more information please phone the Village office on (07) 4696 6309.
Highfields Pioneer Village (in Wirraglen Road) is run entirely by Volunteers dedicated to preserving the History of the Darling Downs for Future Generations. Phone contact 4696 6309.
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In 2016 Australia Day Honours Manager of Highfields Pioneer Village, Mr Raymond Richard Ashford, has received an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division) for service to the tourism industry in South East Queensland.
Volunteer General Manager, Highfields Pioneer Village, Museum and Park since 1989; Tour Conductor since 1993.
Founder and Manager, Highfields Easter Vintage Festival, current.
Founding Member, Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Vehicle Club, 1970.
Member, Clydesdale Horse Society, since 1970.
Member, Early Ford V8 Club of Queensland, 1982-1992.
Member, Crows Nest & District Tourist & Progress Association since 1993.
Awards and recognition include:
Citizen of the Year Australia Day Award, Crow’s Nest Shire.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION