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The Workshops Rail Museum

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Address: North Street, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia
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+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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Visit the trains with nanee

Took my grandkids here. Was awesome they may have been a little to young for some things but the bikes and lego building in the kids play area was a hit. Loved pushing the buttons... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took my grandkids here. Was awesome they may have been a little to young for some things but the bikes and lego building in the kids play area was a hit. Loved pushing the buttons to make the trains start up. Would be better if there was a place to eat and was move pram friendly

Thank Sue N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Variety of experiences for young and old, enthusiasts and interested onlookers. Hands on activities for kids and generous seating for parents while they watch the kids play and interact with the activities. Memorabilia well restored and some in the process. Great for visitors and local queenslanders. AMple parking and a good cafe and souvenir shop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thomas the tank engine proved o be a wonderful hit for our grand children. The site was very accessable with small children. Plenty of different attractions to keep the interest alive. Interactive options meant that the different aged children had great choices.

Thank Tom H
Ipswich, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must if you are into old trains. Excellent restored Locomotives and heritage carriages. Take the camera for some classic shots. Lots of working exhibits as well as an excellent guided tour of the foundry where in the old days every thing was manafactured. Kids will love the play area and having there photo taken on the... More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited on a number of occasions when our girls were smaller. They had the best time ever. One occasion was Halloween with a magician and a wizard and they set up all these dark corridors with black walls and the kids were screaming they could not get out. Parents sat and laughed. No way I was going in... More 

Thank Judith J
Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

My dad worked in the railways for 44 years in NSW and he had heard about the rail museum and really wanted to go. I took him there for christmas along with my two kids. Firstly, parking is pathetic. You park some distance away from the museum and the spots fill up quickly. I got there about 10:00am and had... More 

Thank ReDDvL
Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great day out with my 2 and 5 year old. They had a wonderful day. It was quite a warm day and there are limited areas to cool off but one was where they had train tables set up and the children could push trains around the track. Also loved looking at the trains on display and pretending... More 

Thank Deb W
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Went with my two little grandchildren who had a wonderful time with lots of activities for them to interact in as well as history lessons for older folk... highlight for 4 year old grandson was the train ride round the complex with a driver who obviously enjoyed her job . All staff were friendly and the Fat Controller delightful!

Thank Wendy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We visited during the Thomas the tank visit, and even though my boys were not interested in Thomas (many kids were) there was heaps of other things to do and see.

Thank Andrew B
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This place looks impressive from the outside. It's a mass of buildings filled with all sorts of trains and train related activities. It was $63 for two adults and up to 4 children. Then on top of that you pay $3 each for a pathetic mini train ride. I mean it just loops around the entry area. Then inside there... More 

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