Appropriately located against the oldest continuously operating railway network in Australia, the Workshops Rail Museum (North Street, Ipswich) is interactive fun for all ages. The museum explores one hundred years of railways and trains with multi-media displays and loads of hands on experiences.
The museum investigates the changing face of rail, from a major mode of transportation in the early 1900s to the passenger and freight trains of today. Climb aboard authentic heritage carriages from the turn of the (20th) century, discover how a diesel locomotive works at the Diesel Cab simulator, observe the largest model railway set of Queensland or get behind the scenes with a real Working Workshops tour of Queensland Rail's Heritage Rollingstock Maintenance (enclosed footwear required). Children will love Nippers Railway, a child sized mock railway with trains, costumes and exciting places to visit.
And if you've ever wanted to take a ride on a real steam train, here's your chance. Steam Train Sunday, occurring on the first Sunday of the month, takes patrons for a one hour journey through the city on an authentic, historic steam train. Trains depart at 10.10am, 11.40am and 1.10pm and tickets are $18.50 for adults, $15.50 for concession holders and $10.00 for children. Bookings are essential.
The Workshops Rail Museum is fully wheel chair accessible and available for school group bookings and venue hire. Expect a historic journey through time when you explore the Workshops Rail Museum.