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


Dec 2019

Toot! Toot!

A friend and I took our kids, bought a family pass for two adults and two children splitting the cost between us keeping the ticket entry to about $22 each. Plenty to touch, see, play and interact... more »


Nov 2019

Visiting this historic working railway museum with a tour guide

A group of 40 odd club members, arrived on a glorious sunny and very warm day. However, we were kept in shade or undercover in the large sheds which were quite hot inside.Some rooms of interest gave... more »


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 »