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.

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


Apr 2021

School Holiday

Great for family. You could easily spend half day there and wrap up your trip at Queens park. I know it’s a museum but still hope it becomes more like a rail theme park. more »


Nov 2020

Interesting Museum

I did a day trip by train to Ipswich to visit The Workshops Rail Museum. A short 2km walk from the train station and a brief checkin at the office before being my tour. I did ask for a map to... more »


Nov 2019

great for oldies

I loved it it was great for my grandpa and he loved it. He's 103 so it was a special treat! Loved the rails. more »


Sep 2020

Great for young kids

It was a great experience especially for young kids, I was pleasantly surprised! Would highly recommend eating lunch before going to maximize your session time and getting all the activities done! more »


Jul 2020

Great museum with lots of interactive features

Great rail museum with lots of interactive features to keep the kids occupied. It's ideal for all ages with plenty of memorabilia however some displays are currently not open due to Covid-19. more »