Heritage celebrations at the birthplace of rail in Queensland

02 August 2012

Whistles will blow and music will sound as tales of work and life from yesteryear will be celebrated on Sunday 19 August at The Workshops Rail Museum's Annual Workers Reunion & Ipswich Heritage Faire.

The combined event celebrates the contribution of past Queensland Rail workers of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops blended with the rich nostalgic heritage of the Ipswich community.

This year calls for added celebrations as the award winning attraction commemorates its 10th year since opening at the iconic Ipswich site.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said it’s a day when the workers are embraced by the Ipswich community.

“Locals have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the legacy of their city right alongside the men and women of Queensland Rail that helped shaped Ipswich’s heritage and culture,” Mr Moritz said.

“And it’s perfect for the Museum to be celebrating 10 years with past and present workers and the people of Ipswich, as without them we wouldn’t have this milestone.”

It’s also the last opportunity for visitors to see the latest exhibition, I’ve Been Working on the Railway, which provides personal accounts of railway working life.

Visitors will be entertained by favourites Amberley Brass Band and Ipswich City Big Band plus various local school choirs throughout the day.

Stoking the atmosphere of the heritage event, a special Workers Steam Train will also depart the Museum for a round trip to historic Grandchester through scenic countryside. Extra charges apply and bookings are essential.

The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Ipswich City Council, and all Ipswich residents receive free entry for the day (proof of residency required).

“It’s also a wonderful opportunity for Ipswich residents to show off their award-winning Museum to visiting friends and family with 50% off entry for guests they bring with them,” Mr Moritz said.

The Workshops Rail Museum, celebrating 10 years this year, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism, and is part of the Queensland Museum network celebrating 150 years in 2012.

For ticket prices or further information, please contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au