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The Workshops Rail Museum

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Address: North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 3432 5100
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural...

All aboard for a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.Meet some true Aussie characters as you step into a real heritage railway workshop and see it in operation, just as it has been for over 140 years. See genuine restoration of the Heritage Steam Train Fleet up close and hear living history from railway workers – plus a few tall stories!Explore over 15 larger-than-life exhibits to discover the enormous impact rail has had on our lives, beautifully restored carriages, the largest model railway of beautiful Queensland, the future of rail and treasured icons including the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive.Located in historic Ipswich, just 40 mins from Brisbane and 70 mins from the Gold Coast. The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

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Great day exploring the history of Ipswich. Rail museum has something for all ages. Inexpensive to enter. Pleased to see the addition of a car park. Very relaxing day out.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jason G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day exploring the history of Ipswich. Rail museum has something for all ages. Inexpensive to enter. Pleased to see the addition of a car park. Very relaxing day out.

Thank Jason G
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love visiting with the children. We are annual members and love spending a few hours. There is always something different to look at, and the children never tire of the model railway. The staff are always lovely and welcoming, and the safe on site is great.

Thank nam315
South Burlington, Vermont, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice informative, full of items for everyone, young and old. Lots of walking with seating available in many places. Parking available. Take your time. It's fascinating.

Thank LMLamy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Great place to visit and undoubtedly popular with the locals, particularly school groups. One suggestion when you open until 5.00pm, please don't cut off the refreshments at 2.00pm. Well worth some hurs exploring the rail works in Ipswich.

Thank Karen O
WorkshopsRailMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Workshops Rail Museum, responded to this review

Hi Karen, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Museum. Thank you for your feedback regarding our café hours. We will pass this feedback along to senior management for consideration. More 

Wonthaggi, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

a lot of walking, plenty of items for all ages, loved the exibs especially the inter action in the cabins! and look up, as there are old items everywhere!!

Thank greg8934
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Attended on a busy weekend. Plenty here for the kids which makes it noisy! As an adult I was done after walking through the place in under 2 hours. Best part of it is the heritage buildings and some great photo opportunities of the same. Worth going once for all locals.

Thank Mad_ELK
Toogoolawah, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A really fun day with boys just turned 3, almost 5 and 6.5. and grandma and mum. Activities for all ages although grandma accompanied master 3 which left mum free to join in with the older 2 and the activities arranged especially for the school holidays. Comment at the end of the day was "can we come back tomorrow"? Facilities... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the old trains and the history behind them all . Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in trains. There stuff for the kids to do too.

Thank Kaz H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Hard for me to comment on how good this place is as a train museum because I not a train enthusiast but I did really like the site buildings and the historical context of the rail works that employed 3,000 people. Found this sign outside the gents very amusing.

Thank Merde-man
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

A great day out in a really interesting museum. The museum is well laid out with a good mix of exhibits and information. The driver simulator was a real highlight for all of us (not just the kids!). But, the main highlight was the superb tour of the workshops. You need to have covered shoes as you are entering Queensland... More 

Thank davidtonholiday

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