North Street‚ North Ipswich

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.

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

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Recent Reviews

Elena S

Dec 2018

Great visit on a rainy day with the kids

We went there on a rainy day in early December.Great for the children and the adults. Lots of trains to get in and touch as well as side exhibitions (not train related). They also have an area... more »


Dec 2018


We visited here to show our grandson all the trains, and to get up and personal with them as even at the age of 2, he is fascinated with them. Alas, it really didn’t turn out the way we had hoped... more »

Scott W

Dec 2018

A visit to the Railway Workshops

A must for railway buffs if you are in the area, with a number of old trains and carriages on display. more »


Nov 2018

Totally worth a visit! Highly Recommend

We attended the open day on Remembrance Day 2018. The museum put on an absolutely wonderful day for all attending. Lots of activities, exhibits and memorial service. Cannot wait to go back and... more »


Nov 2018

Great attraction for young and old!

Really enjoyable venue well curated with interesting exhibits (rather large ones too!) For all ages. Our boys from 3 to 14 enjoyed the museum. The play area for toddlers was the best and we all... more »