Crack the case at The Workshops Rail Museum

01 September 2010

Volunteers are needed to help solve the 78 year old mystery of the Cloncurry to Duchess Train robbery at The Great Train Robbery event, 11 September – 10 October.

The event is based on a real robbery that took place on the evening of 31 August 1938, where two men on horseback stole two mail bags of miners’ wages. Both the robbers and their accomplices who were travelling on the train were never found.

Visitors can participate in The Great Train Robbery Investigation with the Workshops Police Inspector to solve the crime by examining evidence, interrogating the suspects and following the clues, creating an identikit reward poster and fingerprint profile in the Police Station, or making a guards’ van in the Wood Workshop (extra charges apply).

The event also includes the Cash on Track exhibition, which charts the history of New South Wales’ unique rail Pay Buses and features the story of a dangerous robbery in 1941.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event encourages children to engage with Australia’s rail history and bush culture.

“The Great Train Robbery Display and the Cash on Track exhibition both feature real train robberies in Australia’s past and are an important part of our rail story,” Mr Moritz said.

“The Bush Picnic day on 29 September is also a great way to get a feel for what the culture in western Queensland was like at the time of the robbery, with billy tea and damper making demonstrations, whip cracking and bush dancing.”

The Great Train Robbery Steam Train will run on 28 September, taking passengers on a journey from Roma Street Station to The Workshops Rail Museum for The Great Train Robbery event, returning to Brisbane by coach (bus). Bookings are essential.

Picnic Hampers are also available on both the Steam Train and Bush Picnic days (28 and 29 September respectively) and must be pre-booked.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information, Steam Train bookings, picnic hamper orders and ticket prices, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone The Great Train Robbery hotline on
(07) 3432 5192.

Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995