Permanent exhibitions

More than 15 interactive permanent exhibitions exploring the impact rail has had on the lives of Queenslanders and visitors to the state.

All Aboard
Get a sense of the story of rail in Queensland with this introductory exhibit in the foyer of the Museum.
All Aboard
Diesel Revolution
See inside a diesel locomotive and drive the diesel cab simulator.
Diesel Revolution
Heritage Railway Workshops Tours
Tour the oldest operational railway workshops in Australia.
Heritage Railway Workshops Tours
Ipswich Railway Workshops
The Ipswich Railway Workshops was an essential part of Queensland Railways. Discover the stories of the people who worked here.
Ipswich Railway Workshops
Mephisto
The only remaining German tank from World War 1.
Mephisto
Might & Muscle
The might and muscle of thousands of workers who built the rail network in Queensland.
Might & Muscle
Model Railway
See the largest model railway layout of Queensland.
Model Railway
Moving Goods
Moving goods around the state is one of the main functions of rail.
Moving Goods
Museum Collection & Storage
See our collection of railway heritage items and visit the John Douglas Kerr Reading Room.
Museum Collection & Storage
Nippers Railway
A hands-on interactive railway filled with fun things to do and kid-sized places to visit.
Nippers Railway
One of a Kind
See an early Panhard railmotor built in 1918.
One of a Kind
Other Railways
Railways in Queensland extended well beyond the government rail network.
Other Railways
Platform 9
Relive rail travel and see a 1930s carriage.
Platform 9
Powerhouse
The Powerhouse supplied electricity, compressed air and hydraulic pressure to power the site’s machinery, tools and lights.
Powerhouse
Rail in Queensland
See how rail has shaped the development of towns and industries across Queensland.
Rail in Queensland
Rail Today
Step aboard a recreated Tilt Train and learn how it works and is able to maintain its speed.
Rail Today
Timekeepers & Grounds
Explore the grounds and see the historic Timekeepers Building, War Memorial and Speakers Rostrum.
Timekeepers & Grounds
Tracking Queensland
Take an look at Queensland Rails’s great achievements in this display.
Tracking Queensland
War Memorial
Built in 1919 by rail workers to honour fallen workmates from the Ipswich Railway Workshops.
War Memorial
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