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

Graham S

Sep 2018

A very informative tour.

A very informative tour around the workshops by people who knew the job well. Excellent location and lots to see and if you are a steam buff you will be impressed more »


Aug 2019

Best place ever for kids....

Ok I confess... this was probably somewhere I planned on visiting once and ticking it off the “bucket list”. Be surprised, if any member of the family is not entertained in this place then they... more »


Jul 2019

Great day out

We went for the Day Out with Thomas school holiday experience. It was fun to see how they changed some of their regular trains and carriages into Thomas-themed characters, while still retaining all... more »


Jun 2019

Kids paradise

Attended on a Thomas the Tank Engine day The entertainment turned on for children was excellent in particular the Fat Controller- story telling The main historical area was also well done more »


Apr 2019

Awesome day out

If you have lived in the Ipswich region and you have not been to the Workshop Rail museum you are doing yourself and you kids a big disservice. It is a great day or 2 out and you can learn so much... more »