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


Jan 2022

Some great exhibits but small and mostly for kids

There are some great hands-on exhibits, cutaway trains, and lots of educational mechanical displays. Plus lots more for the littler kids. Everything was commentated specifically for kids and there... more »


May 2021


The whole package is fantastic,gives a great insight into our ancestors hard life of creating a railway system for us , Using the actual buildings and location to look into our past is superb. All... more »


May 2021


Spent over two and a half hours here. Very well presented and very interesting. Well worth the visit. Will return with our grandchildren. more »


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 »