North Street‚ North Ipswich

The Workshops Rail Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.

The acclaimed, award-winning Museum should be on every Ipswich visitor's to-do list. Steeped in history - it was once the workplace of over 3000 railway workers and visitors enter via the historic Timekeepers' Building - it merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present.

The old boilershop houses the museum where you're dwarfed by beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, and where kids and kids at heart will marvel at Queensland's largest model railway featuring detailed real-life scenes of the state.

The interactive Nippers' Railway will keep youngsters enthralled for ages with activities such as driving a train and collecting tickets, and a popular exhibit for older ages is the Diesel Revolution where you take the controls of the diesel locomotive simulator.

Museum heritage tours occur twice a day, and the place is packed during school holidays, with the popular Day out with Thomas program running during the winter school holidays.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

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Recent Reviews


May 2019

went on the free day

lots to see, took my 91 year old mother in-law and 13 old grands kids, was great for both age groups more »


Apr 2019

Who doesn't love trains.

From a huge model railway layout to the real thing. They have trains and carraiges from Qld railways history. more »

Mick R

Feb 2020

Interesting visit

The steam trains are worth a visit that’s if you are interested but there are also things for kids to do. It was very humid when we were there and the tour was disappointing because the member of... more »


Nov 2019

A real time capsule with modern amenities

My father was a tool maker and work on boilers, it was fantastic to see how the engines and stock had been rolled in on the work shop rails and set up for display. It gives the feeling that you could... more »


Dec 2019

Lots of things to do and see

This place is really nice. There are activities for all age kids through out the museum. It is open air so can be very hot if it is hot outside. Some of the rooms have air con. I think it is worth it... more »