I know I promised to write about our adventures in Brisbane so here we go…
Ipswich Rail Museum
If you have a child that is mad about train, you can’t miss this one… Unfortunately for us, by the time we visited, Aristotle was over his Thomas the Tank Engine craze. Even if your child isn’t nuts about trains, he will still love it. Here’s what you can do at the Rail Museum:
1. Heritage Railway Workshop Tours
This is a tour of the operational railway workshops, heritage rollingstock, and museum collections. We got to see up close and personal the engines that Thomas and his friends were modelled after. Had Aristotle still been as enamoured of trains as he was when he was younger, I’m sure he would have enjoyed this tour thoroughly. As it was, he couldn’t wait for it to be over…
Please note that if you want to see this area, you must have covered footwear.
2. Check out the model railway
Now this was really cool. It kept Aristotle’s attention was quite a while. This model covered roughly the area of the Christmas Train display at PJ Hilton a few years back, but the trains in this model were smaller. Check out the detail in the photos below – they even have little people in it!
3. Operate the Diesel Simulator
This was probably one of the coolest parts of the museum. You have to follow the instructions to operate the train and if you do everything right, the train will start to move. Unfortunately, there is only one diesel simulator so if there are many people, you have to wait quite a bit to get a turn.
4. Operate the Tilt Train Simulator
We didn’t get around to this one because the boys were too caught up in Nippers Railway.
5. Play on the Nippers Railway
This is like a mini railway line for kids to pretend they are working at a railway station. It has a complete railway track with railway station and railway crossing. There is also a train table for the younger kids to play with a Thomas train set.
There are also some educational exhibits to check out…
And other stuff to see…
- Adult – A$20
- Child – A$11.50 (3-11 years)
- Family – A$59 (2 adults + 4 children)
- Mon-Sun – 9:30am to 5pm
- Close Christmas Day, Anzac Day, Good Friday
- North Road, North Ipswich
- Getting There