The Ipswich Rail Museum or The Workshops Rail Museum is located in North Ipswich and is only 30 mins drive from Brisbane CBD.
It is a heritage listed former Australian railway workshop. For many years, the site was the hub of rail construction work, maintenance and technology for the growing rail industry in Qld, Australia. The very first train to run in Qld steamed from here to Bigges camp, now Grandchester, over 145 years ago.
Come on board with Mediatimes for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.
Full Tour of the Ipswich Rail Museum – Video By Mediatimes
Thousands of workers have called this workshop their home. During WW2, over thee thousand people worked here on this very site, making this workshop the state’s largest employer at that time.
As you can see in the video, the site hosts markets every now and then. You can stay updated with the market and other event timings on their Facebook page.
Activities for Kids
There is a decent size playground inside the museum called as “Nippers Railway Playground”. It features a kids-sized railway network with a port, goods yard, country station, city station and even a signal tower. Kids can also take small train rides in the museum lawn.
As you may have noticed in the video above, there are couple of train simulators in the museum. get on the train driver seat and experience how it feels to drive the train.
Model Railway Display
The Workshops Rail Museum features the largest model railway of Queensland anywhere in the world. As you will see in the video above, it give you a real life experience of Qld railways. You can discover a micro version of suburban Brisbane, busy ports, coastal landscapes, the cane and coal fields, outback Queensland and the iconic Kuranda Railway in Cairns.
Open daily 9:30am to 4:00pm North Street, North Ipswich There is a café on site and a parent’s room. The Museum is fully pram accessible.
For ticketing and to confirm opening hours head to their website www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or (07) 3432 5100