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The Workshops Rail Museum

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Address: North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
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+61 7 3432 5100
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural...

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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I have personally never been interested by anything to do with railways but this one is different . Lots of handsome and climb in stuff presented in a non boring way. Great for... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have personally never been interested by anything to do with railways but this one is different . Lots of handsome and climb in stuff presented in a non boring way. Great for family day out

Thank Shedmansiquijor
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for train lovers I took my son here and we had a great time climbing over the displays

Thank Michael S
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing collection of railway memorabilia to suit everyone. There are locomotives and carriages from every era of rail plus railway signs and equipment to stir up memories. The model railway will fascinate kids of every age. We were taken on a very informative guided tour by a rail veteran with an infinite knowledge and great sense of humour. A... More 

Thank jpgoodship
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

A nice half day trip from Brisbane albeit a bit difficult to get to. The tour is essential because it takes you to the area where it is not open to general visitor not on the tour.

Thank 96joshuap
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Took my grandkids here. Was awesome they may have been a little to young for some things but the bikes and lego building in the kids play area was a hit. Loved pushing the buttons to make the trains start up. Would be better if there was a place to eat and was move pram friendly

Thank Sue N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Variety of experiences for young and old, enthusiasts and interested onlookers. Hands on activities for kids and generous seating for parents while they watch the kids play and interact with the activities. Memorabilia well restored and some in the process. Great for visitors and local queenslanders. AMple parking and a good cafe and souvenir shop

Thank TATAustralia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Thomas the tank engine proved o be a wonderful hit for our grand children. The site was very accessable with small children. Plenty of different attractions to keep the interest alive. Interactive options meant that the different aged children had great choices.

Thank Tom H
Ipswich, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This museum is a must if you are into old trains. Excellent restored Locomotives and heritage carriages. Take the camera for some classic shots. Lots of working exhibits as well as an excellent guided tour of the foundry where in the old days every thing was manafactured. Kids will love the play area and having there photo taken on the... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have visited on a number of occasions when our girls were smaller. They had the best time ever. One occasion was Halloween with a magician and a wizard and they set up all these dark corridors with black walls and the kids were screaming they could not get out. Parents sat and laughed. No way I was going in... More 

Thank Judith J
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

My dad worked in the railways for 44 years in NSW and he had heard about the rail museum and really wanted to go. I took him there for christmas along with my two kids. Firstly, parking is pathetic. You park some distance away from the museum and the spots fill up quickly. I got there about 10:00am and had... More 

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