High–vis, trades and trains these school holidays

10 September 2013

Little hands will be kept busy these school holidays with The Workshops Rail Museum's Build it! event which will see young ones hammering, crafting and constructing from 21 September to 7 October 2013.

Entering the Apprentice Workshops young Museum goers can earn their trade certificate to take home by trying their hand at tinsmithing, welding, wagon building and more, all inspired by the roles of workers at the Ipswich Railway Workshops.

See a life sized model of Australia's oldest locomotive as the Works Manager and his new apprentice fitter put it together and they may even need help from the audience to assist with the finishing touches.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event helped tell the story of the iconic site to visitors.

"It's a fun way to show children the type of jobs that are required to build and maintain steam trains, and for interested parents to shed some light on what the workers did here over the past century," Mr Moritz said.

"Venture further into the Museum and you'll find stories of the workers and the significant role rail played in developing the state.

"The rail story continues with the model rail layout, Nippers indoor playground and the train simulators."

Visitors can get a glimpse of the work still carried out to maintain the heritage steam train fleet by taking a Heritage Railway Workshops tour of the oldest continuing working workshops in Australia. Enclosed shoes are required for the tours.

The history lesson comes out of The Workshops and onto the track by booking a seat on the Build it! Steam Train for a return trip from the Museum out to scenic Grandchester on Wednesday 2 October, extra charges apply.

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

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

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