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


Nov 2019

Well worth a visit

We spent a couple of hours at the workshops taking in the many exhibits. There isn't a large collection but there is plenty to see. It is well laid out and very interesting. It is under a huge... more »


Oct 2019

It was ok

If you have kids it's probably a good place to check out. If your adults who don't care about trains, it's pretty average. But if you enjoy history it's has a lot of information given across... more »

Alex M

Oct 2019

A ‘must’ for any railway enthusiast

Wonderful selection of trains and other railway memorabilia covering several decades, All laid out in large undercover buildings that allow quality viewing space without being packed in like sardines... more »

Jason C

Oct 2019

Museum for kids, cafe staff don't care

We came on Thursday 3rd October. We travelled two hours to get here. Went for lunch, no pies, had a vege Burger with ingredients that were not on the description, we asked for firms for our four... more »


Jan 2019

Fun for all ages. Also good for a rainy afternoon

Great objects all under cover. Good idea for a rainy afternoon to get the family out of the house watching Netflix's more »