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


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 »


Jul 2020

Very interesting and well worth the visit

With wife’s grandparents closely involved in the 1880s development of the queensland railways a visit was a did not disappoint even though covid restricted the areas we could visit.the... more »


Jun 2020

Waited for years

Unfortunately due to covid 19 most displays weren't open. I enjoyed what I saw and there was no charge. Could not access power house and workshops. more »


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 »