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


Feb 2019

Relive the Romance of Travel by Rail

We enter The Workshops Rail Museum through the ticketing office in the old Timekeepers Building which also houses a modest Museum Shop where you can pick up T-shirts, bags, keychains, toy trains sets... more »


Apr 2019

Great for children and any train buffs

An very enjoyable experience. The grandkids had a great time with all the hands on exisibts. nice food to snake on more »

richard e

Mar 2019

More of a scrapyard than museum !

The only positive remark I can make is that my 2 year old grandson really enjoyed the kids play area. The interesting part namely the active steam engines and the workshops are closed to the public... more »


Mar 2019

Great fun for kids

My daughter and I were looking for something to entertain my 4 year old grandson but also something that would be interesting for adults. The Ipswich Rail Museum kept all age groups happy. We started... more »

Geoff G

Mar 2019

Great interactive experience, shame about the trains

This is a great day out for families with children. It has a full range of activities from drive a diesel simulator in a full size cab to a childrens railway with ticket office, station, signal box... more »