Evolution of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site

Buchanan, Robyn (2011) Evolution of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series, 5 1: 31-52.

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Author Buchanan, Robyn
Title Evolution of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site
Journal name Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-4788
Publication date 2011-06-30
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 52
Total pages 22
Place of publication South Bank, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Museum
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The decision to build the first railway in Queensland from Ipswich to
the Darling Downs meant that railway workshops were required at
Ipswich. The development of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site
began with the original lpwich Workshops site of 1864 which was
adjacent to the Bremer River at North Ipswich. The first two major
workshop buildings were iron and zinc structures imported from
England in pre-fabricated form. Over the next few years, additional
buildings including a brick store were constructed by local contractors.

As the railway network expanded and the work increased this area became
too small and a new site was selected a short distance to the north. There
were two major periods of building activity on this site, in the 1880s and
early 1900s. The first new buildings were brick. Most were placed in two rows
separated by a traverser track, and form a remarkable industrial streetscape
which still exists. A Power House completed in 1902 supplied electricity
to the whole site. Timber administrative buildings, a brick Laboratory
and a brick Tool and Gauge Shop were added later. The site ceased
operation in the mid-1990s apart from work for QR's heritage fleet of steam
locomotives, and several of buildings now form The Workshops Rail Museum.
Keyword Railway
Railroad
Workshop
Locomotive
Manufacture
Museum
Industrial
Heritage
Ipswich
Power house
Laboratory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: 'Behind the Tin Fence: A History of the Ipswich Railway Workshops".

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