OPEN DAY: Former workers will reunite in force at the Workshops Rail Museum.
OPEN DAY: Former workers will reunite in force at the Workshops Rail Museum. Elleni Toumpas

Rail workers clock on again for a day

THIS Sunday, August 17, The Workshops Rail Museum throws open its doors and welcomes Ipswich residents and former Workshops employees to its annual open day.

This event has become an Ipswich tradition over the past 12 years and is an opportunity for old and new residents of our city and past workers to come together on a site which has been synonymous with Ipswich for the past 149 years.

The stories of Ipswich and the railway are intertwined and go back to the very beginning of our city and the railway here in Queensland.

Many in Ipswich will remember the sound of the Workshops' whistle across town which marked the start and end of the day, the sound of the hammers and other machinery used on the site, or wondered at what went on 'behind the tin fence" and marvelled at the throng of people, bicycles and later cars in the surrounding streets at knock-off time each day.

Many joined the workforce and made lifelong friends and learned skills which they have taken with them all their lives.

Today, whilst the sounds and thousands of workers may have gone, thousands more visitors enjoy exploring the history of the site and the people who worked here through the museum's exhibitions and programs.

Thanks to the support of Ipswich City Council, this weekend's event is free for all Ipswich residents and former workers.

Why not come along and join in and discover what makes the Workshops such a special place?

The museum will be open from 9.30am-4pm. For details, call 3432 5100.

Andrew Moritz

Culture Champion



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