Museum on track for jam packed 2014

02 December 2013

Steam train SundayThe Workshops Rail Museum calendar for 2014 is geared up for family fun and history buff indulgence with an assortment of school holiday, weekend, one day and hour long events to bring rail history to life.

Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine get to let off some summer holiday steam as the highly favoured Day out with Thomas 2014 – with circus activities event takes over the Museum from Boxing Day 2013 until 2 February 2014.

Following on from the blue engine's visit, the Museum is serving up old-school fun with Toys in autumn, train robberies with Heist in winter and creative inventions with Bright Sparks in spring for hands on school holiday fun throughout the year.

Andrew Moritz Director of The Workshops Rail Museum said the events bring another level of unexpected fun to the Museum.

"We love that children enjoy these school holiday events and get to let off some steam in the process, even those who aren’t necessarily into trains," Mr Moritz said.

"Look out for the one-day events coming up throughout the year such as Paint and Making Music, as they're a great way to get the most out of your Annual Pass Membership.

"Later in the year visitors can enjoy our Ipswich Open Day that will have past workers who were part of the world of steam gather for a catch-up."

Over 50s have the chance to discuss rail related topics with the curator over a cuppa and don the white gloves in the Railway Reminiscences series, hosted on the second Wednesday of each month for an hour, excluding school holidays.

Annual Pass Members with children younger than five can enjoy a group session at Nippers Play and Learn each month, except during school holidays.

Exclusive morning teas for past workers of the Ipswich Railway Workshops will be hosted throughout the year to reunite workers from selected workshops for a walk down memory lane. Past workers are invited to contact the Museum to check when their reunion is on.

The Queensland Model Railway Show keeps getting bigger each year with tiny trains and detailed landscapes that will delight even the mildest of train fans.

Visitors can experience an old world ride aboard a heritage steam train available on selected dates throughout the year either from the Museum out to Grandchester or around Brisbane on Steam Train Sunday.

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

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