Father and son discover railway mechanism

Ipswich Railway Workshops

Permanent exhibition

Recommended for all ages

Queensland Museum Rail Workshops



The Ipswich Railway Workshops was an essential part of Queensland Railways. Generations of blacksmiths, carpenters, painters, metalworkers and other craftsmen built and repaired locomotives, wagons, carriages and railmotors.

Come and find out about some of the people of the Ipswich Railway Workshops and discover some of its varied trades and products.

Things to see and do:

  • Watch a video about the historic site and learn about the many different buildings and personal stories of workers.
  • See patterns used for casting various locomotive parts and fittings for machinery.
  • Eavesdrop on a family dinner conversation as they come to terms with the end of the steam era and what it means for them.
  • See ‘foreigners’ (objects made onsite for private use) including a billy, fishing reel and even a handbag.
  • Read about workers, apprentices and the various trades they performed.
  • See machinery and tools used at the Ipswich Railway Workshops.

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Explore the Ipswich Railway Workshops exhibition from anywhere in the world with our virtual tour. Navigate around the exhibition to uncover stories, objects, videos and more.

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