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The Workshops Rail Museum

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by Cheryl Goodenough (subscribe)
A journalist by profession, my work includes writing and editing for newspapers, not for profit organisations and businesses.
Published July 21st 2011
The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich is an entertaining, hands-on museum for children and adults. It's also Australia's oldest operating railway workshop and forms part of the Queensland Museum.

The best time to take children is during one of the regular events held at the museum, mostly during the school holidays.

These events are centred on a theme and there are various activities throughout the Museum which allow children to engage with the theme and trains. Themes are often repeated every year. Recent and future events include The Great Train Robbery, A Day Out with Thomas, the Toyland Express, and Wizards and Witches Express.

When these events are on the go children may be able to participate in craft activities, listen to shows or story telling, ride on a mini train, and play dress up.

The Thomas the Tank Engine visit was a big hit for our family. During that event the Fat Controller told Thomas stories and there was a room full of model trains for the kids to play with.

The Easter event included a farm animal display and the opportunity to make an engine out of wood.

During the circus event children -- and adults alike -- were able to try their hands on activities such as ring and bean bag tossing, balancing beams and mini-stilt walking.

Throughout the year there is a Nipper's Railway, which is a kid-sized play area, which includes a train and equipment allowing kids to keep busy. Scattered around the museum are exhibits that enable children to experiment with various railway-related items and to learn about trains. The museum also houses the largest model railway set of Queensland.

Also held at the Workshops are Heritage Railway Workshops Tours into the Blacksmith Shop. During the tour, you'll hear about the working in the blacksmith shop and the various machines and tools that are still in use.

The Museum also organises regular steam train trips on vintage carriages. These travel through Brisbane's city stations and over the river.

If you're able to visit the Museum a couple of times in a year, the Annual Pass is really good value. It's the cost of two visits, and my kids are easily entertained by the variety of activities held during the regular holiday events.

Refreshments are available from the Trackside Cafe at the Museum. There are also shady areas for picnics. The Museum also caters for birthday parties and groups.
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Why? To learn about Queensland's railways
When: 9.30am to 5pm daily (Closed Christmas Day, Anzac Day, Good Friday)
Where: North Street, North Ipswich, Queensland
Cost: Adult $19; Child 3-15 $11; Child under 3 Free; Concession $16; Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $57
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