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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 took my 2 grandsons to this place. They are 2 and 6 yrs old. They had a fantastic time in the various areas of the rail museum and did not want to leave even after half a day. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ipswich, Australia
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Toowoomba, Australia
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to the Rail workshops Museum in Ipswich, and I was saddened to see the changes made by management to the facility. While most of the displays have not changed, they have dramatically reduced the number of staff in the cafe and gift shop. This resulted in poor service throughout, as well as the gift shop... More 

Thank Andrew C
Ipswich, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 2 grandsons to this place. They are 2 and 6 yrs old. They had a fantastic time in the various areas of the rail museum and did not want to leave even after half a day. I recommend this place for families to visit.

Thank Leanne4340
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was sure monthlies. It was simply disgusting. I was there half an hour and left to get out of the place. the only good thing for myselfwas the coffee and sat looking at the beautiful LEST WE FORGET 100yr old Statue up on a high pedestal. sorry it was boring as duck poo.

Thank Francis D
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Qld rail workshop museum is not bad at all. We visited on a Friday afternoon. It was very Quiet and our daughter could do alot without been rushed. I have a feeling over the school holidays with the activities such as Thomas and friends the place would pick up.

Thank chris754001
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 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 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

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 31 March 2017

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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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 25 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 73 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

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