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"Life on the line" revealed at the Workshops Rail Museum
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 March 2007




  A new photographic exhibition exploring life on the railway opens at The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday 17 March 2007.
 
Developed and presented by The Workshops Rail Museum, the Life on the Line exhibition portrays the many and varied tasks performed by countless people who have worked on the railways in Queensland over more than 140 years.

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

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum, Mr Andrew Moritz said:   “This new eye-opening exhibition delves into many behind-the-scenes tasks that are necessary to make sure that trains run on time – everything from working out timetables, selling tickets to repairing locomotives and sewing uniforms.
 
“In the early years the tasks could be arduous and were sometimes lonely, but there was a mateship amongst railway workers which is so typical of life in Australia.    Railway workers are known for their dedication to the communities they serve.”
 
The exhibition is presented in two parts:   ‘Working on the Railway’ shows railway staff driving locomotives, shunting and other duties on trains, while the second part,   ‘Keeping the Trains Running’ illustrates scenes of railway staff engaged in a range of duties from signalmen, to ticket sellers, booking clerks and track workers.
 
A Building Bridges Activity Station complements the exhibition with hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.    Children can build their own imaginative constructions while parents can try their hands at constructing the Storey Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.
 
Visitors to The Workshops Rail Museum also have the opportunity to step into a real Workshop and view maintenance and restoration work on a Behind the Scenes Tour of the QR Heritage Workshops.
 
Life on the Line is presented as part of the Ipswich Festival which runs from 24 April to 6 May 2007.    The Ipswich Festival is recognised as one of the fastest growing festivals in Queensland with a program of street parades, shows, the Mayor's festival ball and art exhibitions through to opera performances, multicultural activities, children's programs and concerts for youths to seniors.
 
The Workshops Rail Museum is a campus of the Queensland Museum and is located at North Street, North Ipswich.    For further information or for ticket prices, please call (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2007 )
 
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