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

Sandy G

Sep 2018

Made a little boys day

I took my grandson to the museum to see the trains. The interactive display of the diesel and the bullet train was his favorite of the entire day. He loved loading the truck with the foam blocks... more »


Sep 2018

Workshops Rail Museum: Special Novel Experience

This Museum is a credit to all. It's a very special experience indeed!But it's not a tourist theme park, which off course is its charm, its a quiet place that offers much on many levels. Obvioulsy... more »


Sep 2018

Great Architecture, Plus Trains and History

If you like trains, architecture or history you'll find something to enjoy here.We did the tour to get access to the working part of the rail yards and felt that was really worthwhile as it didn't... more »

Katrina W

Sep 2018

Every childs dream

Do not go past paying the worshops a visit or return visits. The very young are in awe of the mighty engine of yesteryear as are the not so young grandpas. Located close to city centre and... more »

Carol K

Sep 2017


I lived behind museum. I took my grandson nearly every day and weekends at times from 0ne and half yrs old. Till 12 on and off. Then i moved. Im back again. His been in papers twice at 2yrs old with... more »