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.

Heritage Railway Workshops tours happen 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

Scott W

Dec 2018

A visit to the Railway Workshops

A must for railway buffs if you are in the area, with a number of old trains and carriages on display. more »


Nov 2018

Totally worth a visit! Highly Recommend

We attended the open day on Remembrance Day 2018. The museum put on an absolutely wonderful day for all attending. Lots of activities, exhibits and memorial service. Cannot wait to go back and... more »


Nov 2018

Great attraction for young and old!

Really enjoyable venue well curated with interesting exhibits (rather large ones too!) For all ages. Our boys from 3 to 14 enjoyed the museum. The play area for toddlers was the best and we all... more »


Oct 2018

Look but don't touch

Expensive tickets for what is in inside. A real sense of "the good stuff is locked away or out of bounds". So many cool engines and carriages around but you can't go in any of them or touch them... more »


Nov 2018

Disappointing - most exhibits hidden

We were expecting to see the Workshops displaying Queensland's rich railwaay heritage - on arrivel we weree given a map showing the extent of the site cobvering the whole of the loco works, and... more »