Our History 

Originally established in 1894 as 'Queensland Railway Club and Library', QRI Lifestyle (Queensland Railways Institute) was created for the sole benefit of Queensland Rail Employees. While our membership is now open to anyone who wishes to join - we are still large supporters of rail employees throughout Queensland.

Click here to see our 130 year timeline and watch our 130 year video below.

Celebrating 130 Years of QRI Lifestyle

2024 marks 130 years of existence for our organisation. We’d like to say thank you to you - our members – for ensuring we achieved this milestone. Members have always been the heart and soul of QRI. It’s worth reflecting back to 1894 when a group of railway employees got together and formed a social club and book lending library. As time passed, the social club gained numbers and established its presence in all railway towns in Queensland. A name was given to the rapidly growing organisation - the Queensland Railways Institute. The QRI became synonymous in members minds with great days out, sporting carnivals, discounted goods and services and so much more. Our roots were in the social interaction of our members, bringing positive influences to their lives. Throughout the past century and beyond there have been numerous changes in the rail and transport industry. QRI, successfully re-branding to QRI Lifestyle, has adapted and moved with the times. We are proud to mark our 130th anniversary and will continue to deliver benefits and services to you – our members.