Life on the Line

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The exhibition

This new exhibition by The Workshops Rail Museum features the many and varied tasks that railway workers have performed over the years.

Women in train kitchen
In the Galley: Staff in the galley of a dining car prepare
meals for passengers, 1970.
Image courtesy of Queensland Rail.

From building and maintaining track to driving trains, a large number of people work behind the scenes to ensure that trains run safely and passengers arrive at their destination on time.

Presented in two parts: Keeping the Trains Running and Working the Trains, Life on the Line provides a snapshot into the often unseen tasks that are vital for operation of the railways.

The exhibition features more than 60 photographic images and takes the visitor on a journey through the daily life of the railway family. This may be working on timetables, selling tickets, repairing steam locomotives or sewing uniforms.


Line on the Line is complemented with an Education Kit (2348 KB) pdf document icon, specially designed to provide activities for a younger audience.

For more information please contact us.

Man sitting at a desk amongst ruins of a building
That's Dedication:
A station officer sits in the remains of his office
at Loganlea station doing paperwork. The building was blown down by
a severe storm, 1936.
Image courtesy of Gold Coast City Council Library Services.

Men standing around trains chatting
Crew Change: A Toogoolawah-based crew and an Ipswich
based-crew chat at Borallon while changing trains to return them to
their home depots, 1966.
Image courtesy of Russell Watkins.

Event Details

Available to tour