Photographic displays showcase life on the line

05 June 2014

Two photographic displays exploring passenger life on the railway, both from Queensland and from around the world, will be on show at The Workshops Rail Museum from 17 June to 18 August.

Trainspotting features a selection of striking images comprising the winners and highly commended entries from the Powerhouse Museum's 2012 International Trainspotting Photographic Competition.

Museum Director Andrew Moritz said each photograph tells a unique story about a country's place in time and its place.

"From dramatic images documenting steam locomotives in motion to photographs that explore the social experience of train travel the display depicts colourful and engaging railway cultures across the globe," he said.

Three Foot Six, The Sunlander presents 45 documentary black and white photographs by Queensland photographer Glen O'Malley that capture the stories and unique character of the state's rail culture.

The images were taken in 2003 during several excursions on the Sunlander and also include images of the first Tilt Train from Cairns and the Gulflander, which runs between Normanton and Croydon, the only Queensland rail tracks not joined to the rest.

"Many Queenslanders and visitors to the state have fond memories of travelling on the state's railways and this display of candid photographs provides an opportunity for visitors to reconnect and reminiscence about their experiences," Mr Moritz said.

Both photographic displays are included with general Museum entry.

For more information on entry prices, contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

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