Railway Heritage Conference steaming into Ipswich

24 March 2015

Rail heritage experts from around the globe are being called to submit expressions of interest to present at The Workshops Rail Museum's Railway Heritage Conference, 24 to 28 July 2015.

The Conference theme 'does the past have a future' is expected to create debate and engagement as the challenges and opportunities of the industry are explored.

Museum Director Andrew Moritz said the heritage rail industry consists of a variety of skills, knowledge, resources and needs to be pooled to maximise future opportunities and growth.

"Railway heritage operations and attractions must amaze, educate and entertain both the younger and older generations to survive in to the future and this Conference provides an opportunity for the industry to explore and debate how best to do that.

"2015 is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the long term journey of railway heritage as we celebrate 150 years of rail in Queensland - all of it starting right here in Ipswich," Mr Moritz said.

Delegates are expected to attend from all over Australia and other parts of the world.

Session themes cover a range of topics including tourism, engaging new audiences, care and conservation, volunteering and railway safety, but the Museum is also keen to hear additional topics from delegates.

The Conference is scheduled to include key note speakers, plenary sessions, break-out sessions and a proposed steam train trip to historic Grandchester station, retracing the first railway journeys in Queensland 150 years ago.

For more information about the Railway Heritage Conference, visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or call The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100.

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