Crack case at Museum

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help solve the 72 year old mystery of the Cloncurry to Duchess Train robbery at The Great Train Robbery from September 11 to October 10.

The event is based on a real robbery that took place on the evening of August 31, 1938, where two men on horseback stole two mail bags of miners' wages. Both the robbers and their accomplices were never found.

Visitors can participate in The Great Train Robbery Investigation with the Workshops Police Inspector to solve the crime by examining evidence, interrogating the suspects and following the clues, creating an identikit reward poster and fingerprint profile in the Police Station, or making a locomotive in the Wood Workshop (extra charges apply).

The event also includes the Cash on Track exhibition, which charts the history of New South Wales' unique rail Pay Buses and features the story of a dangerous robbery in 1941.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event encourages children to engage with Australia's rail history and bush culture.

“The Great Train Robbery Display and the Cash on Track exhibition both feature real train robberies in Australia's past and are an important part of our rail story,” Mr Moritz said.

“The Bush Picnic day on September 29 is also a great way to get a feel for what the culture in western Queensland was like at the time of the robbery, with billy tea and damper making demonstrations, whip cracking and bush dancing.”

The Great Train Robbery Steam Train will run on September 28, taking passengers on a journey from Roma Street Station to The Workshops Rail Museum for The Great Train Robbery event, returning to Brisbane by coach (bus).

For further information, Steam Train bookings, picnic hamper orders and ticket prices, visit or phone The Great Train Robbery hotline on (07) 3432 5192.

Star Giveaway

The Star has a family pass (two adults and up to four children) to giveaway to The Workshops Rail Museum.

For your chance to win the family pass send in your name and contact details to with ‘rail museum' in the subject line.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, September 13 and contacted by phone.

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