Museum launches action packed program for 2011

01 December 2010

A new hands-on construction themed event will headline The Workshops Rail Museum’s 2011 events program, announced today.

The newly developed winter school holiday program Build It!, from 18 June to 17 July, will explore the different trades used onsite at the Ipswich Railway Workshops to build trains.

Photo from Circus Train EventThe 2011 program begins with Day out with Thomas 2011 from 26 December 2010 to 30 January 2011 and then sees the return of the family favourite holiday program¸ Circus Train from 11 April to 2 May, and mystery and intrigue with The Great Train Robbery from 3 September to 2 October.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the Museum was proud to offer visitors new ways to engage with Queensland’s rail story, past and present.

“The Build It! event will give visitors the opportunity to look behind the scenes and see what is involved in building trains and railways,” Mr Moritz said.

“It is complemented by our guided tours of the Queensland Rail workshops where people still maintain and build locomotives, and our extensive Steam Train program which is a great way to experience the final product.”

“Our Annual Pass Membership program is the best way to be able to experience everything that the Museum has to offer, with unlimited access to all of our events and exhibitions.”

The Steam Train trip program will include journeys as part of most school holiday events, the popular Anniversary Steam Train commemorative journey and Steam Train Sunday recommencing monthly at Roma Street Station from March 2011.

Model railway enthusiasts will find plenty of inspiration at the 10th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention on 23 - 24 April and the annual Queensland Model Railway Show on 29 – 30 October.

The year will conclude with the Museum’s annual signature event, Day out with Thomas 2012, starting on 26 December 2011.

Queensland schools will continue to receive free entry to The Workshops Rail Museum during school terms as well as access to specially designed education programs linked to holiday events.

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 and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit

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