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School Holiday Fun
Celebrate the Roaring Twenties underworld with photography themed activities at The Workshops Rail Museum these school holidays. Steaming into Ipswich 24 September until 5 October, the two-week long exhibit is a must for budding photographers.
Workshops Rail Museum
Faces, photos and felons will keep the children entertained. The Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties exhibit is packed with activities including creating images with light, collecting clues, experimenting with sunlight photography, creating police composite faces and dressing up in costumes and creating mugshots.
The miniature train will be operating 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm daily. Additional charges apply.
Located in North Ipswich, the Workshops Rail Museum has played an important role in Queensland's rail history. Over 145 years ago, the first train to run in Queensland departed from these sheds. The Workshops experienced a revival in 2002 when the site was converted into a museum. Tours of the Heritage Railway Workshops depart 10.30am and 12pm daily (enclosed footwear is required).
There is so much to do and see. The Nippers' Railway, an indoor adventure playground complete with a child-sized train and moveable boom gates and signals is a highlight with the youngsters.
The model railway is an impressive construction, depicting scenes from Queensland's rail network including the Darling Downs Wheat District and the Kuranda Sky Rail.
Don't forget to experience the sights and sounds of train travel in 1935 on Platform 9, observe the Governor's Carriage built in the Workshops in 1903 and still part of the active fleet or try driving a tilt train on the simulator.
Plan to spend at least three hours at the museum. Guests are invited to pack a picnic lunch and relax in the shady grounds or enjoy a bite to eat at the Trackside Café.