Mystery continues these holidays at The Workshops Rail Museum

24 August 2011

Detectives in the making are needed to investigate the Cloncurry to Duchess train robbery that remains a mystery after 73 years, at The Workshops Rail Museum’s The Great Train Robbery event from 3 September to 2 October.

The unsolved robbery occurred on the evening of 31 August 1938 when, assisted by a passenger, two men on horseback stole two mail bags containing miners’ wages worth 3000 pounds. 

To this day, the robbers and their accomplice have never been found.

Visitors can help The Workshops Police Inspector crack the case by examining evidence, interrogating the suspects and following clues as part of The Great Train Robbery Investigation.

Hands-on activities involve creating an identikit reward poster and a fingerprint profile in the Police Station. Visitors can also make a locomotive in the Wood Workshop (extra charges apply for this activity).

Included in the event is The Great Train Robbery Display, providing facts, photos and newspaper reports for visitors to delve deeper into the many legendary stories of Australia’s train robberies.

On weekdays at 11:30am, Museum Curator Mr David Mewes will discuss some of the amazing Australian railway robberies including the 1973 Cairns Range train robbery.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event provides an opportunity for children to interact and experience Australia’s rail history and bush culture.

“Robberies and their legends are an integral part of the Australian rail story and this event explores one such episode that happened right here in Queensland,” Mr Moritz said.

“A great day out for the whole family, the Bush Picnic on 29 September will have billy tea and damper making demonstrations, whip cracking and bush dancing. People can get a taste for what Western Queensland’s culture was like back in the 1930s.”

The Great Train Robbery Steam Train will run on 28 September, taking passengers on a journey from Roma Street Station to The Workshops Rail Museum for The Great Train Robbery event, returning to Brisbane by bus. Bookings are essential.

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, visit or phone (07) 3432 5100.

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