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The Workshops Rail Museum

North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
+61 7 3432 5100
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All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.Meet some true Aussie characters as you step into a real heritage railway workshop and see it in operation, just as it has been for over 140 years. See genuine restoration of the Heritage Steam Train Fleet up close and hear living history from railway workers – plus a few tall stories!Explore over 15 larger-than-life exhibits to discover the enormous impact rail has had on our lives, beautifully restored carriages, the largest model railway of beautiful Queensland, the future of rail and treasured icons including the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive.Located in historic Ipswich, just 40 mins from Brisbane and 70 mins from the Gold Coast. The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.
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North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
+61 7 3432 5100
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, to quote my hubby "this place should be part of a university curriculum where students come here to see/learn first hand how exactly trains work." This museum is highly educational and full of rich history. It is very interesting to see real trains -...More

Thank JuniePoon
Reviewed 19 August 2017

A great piece of QLD Rail history, also contains a great library with many booklets dating back to the 1800's. Fun interactive activities for the kids as well.

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Took the family during a week day to the rail museum, our 3 year old son had a blast there was lots of activities for the kids to do and even I found myself learning somethings as well. Good trip out would recommend it

Thank Hayden T
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I have wanted to go here for a few years, so used my Grandson as the excuse ! We had a great day, lots to see & do, for both children and adults. History of QLD rail was well documented. Will revisit without the little...More

Thank Oldtable
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We went during the week, not during school holidays. It was very quiet, which meant we got to try everything out. Unfortunately, many of the exhibits did not work or not properly in any case, there was no "Fat Controller" show or other form of...More

Thank Mal W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I love trains but my grandchildren love them more. What a great effort has been put into this to make it kid friendly. There is an awful lot of history here. Wonderful to see it captured and made hands on friendly. It's a must see...More

Thank specializedautoe2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We were greeted by 'The Fat Controller' while we waited to enter the grounds. What a lovely guy. Our little 3 year old grandson couldn't believe his luck. Inside, there's lots of hands on-kids can sit in the drivers seat & play with all the...More

Thank Colleen L
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Little Mr 4yo was so busy all day long. There are so many exhibits and activities and opportunities to engage, explore and just have fun, that he didn't have time for lunch until it was time to go home! The massive area with dozens of...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Visited this place with my 2 young sons. The elder one loves train. They even had Thomas the train exhibition at the time we visited. Many activities to keep the children and adults occupied. Love the train models, train simulator, train track building and opportunity...More

Thank VSundrram
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Took the kids there and found that I had as much fun as them, driving the train simulators and playing with the various interactive engineering gadgets on display. It was a very hot day in April and it really was stifling in the workshops. If...More

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