Celebrating the city of rich heritage with familiar faces

07 August 2013

The Workshops Rail Museum is gearing up for its biggest event on the social calendar with past and present workers and visitors gathering for the Workers Reunion & Ipswich Day on Sunday 18 August.

The event sees the Museum collaborating with the Ipswich City Council and past workers to provide an opportunity for past and present Queensland Rail employees and residents to show friends and family the iconic North Ipswich Railway Workshops.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event was a great opportunity for past workers and the community to celebrate their heritage.

“We appreciate the support of Council to host this community event as many residents have a connection to the site, be it employment or one of their family once worked here,” Mr Moritz said.

“This event focuses on the people who made The Workshops the icon that it is, and not just what was made here, and the contribution they made to the city of Ipswich.

"It also brings together workers who haven't seen each other in a long time and a chance to reminisce about an environment that for some would have been their workplace for their entire working life, something that is uncommon in today's society."

The event also provides the Museum with an opportunity to connect with past workers to continue and expand on the story that is the North Ipswich Railway Workshops.

On the day, see the photographic display Workers at the Workshops and the art exhibition The Antipodean Steampunk Show for a twist on steam heritage blended with fantasy.

Visitors can experience heritage first hand aboard Workers Steam Train that will depart the Museum platform for a return trip to scenic Grandchester on the day. Bookings are essential.

Entry is free for past and present Queensland Rail employees and Ipswich residents. Proof of residency is required and may include drivers licence or rates notice. Admission charges apply for non-Ipswich residents. Non-Ipswich residents receive 50% off normal entry when accompanied by an Ipswich resident.

For more information on entry or steam train ticket 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.

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