Labor will take a plan to the next election to boost rail manufacturing.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese wrapped up a four-day tour of regional Queensland on Friday, meeting with workers at the Downer plant in Maryborough.
Downer has been building trains, sugar mills and ships for 150 years, recently signing a 10-year agreement with Queensland Rail.
"What we need is a national rail manufacturing strategy and we will take one to the next election, working with state and territory governments so we smooth out the manufacturing cycle ... getting away from boom and bust," Mr Albanese told reporters.
Mr Albanese said regional parts of the country should be better supported.
"Regional Australia has a big advantage over our capital cities which is that the overheads are less," he said.
"So when we look at high-value manufacturing, I see a real future for it in regional Queensland and the federal government should concentrate on that."
ALP national president Wayne Swan said it had been important for Mr Albanese to undertake the four-day tour.
"The most important thing is to be out there and having those conversations," he told AAP.
Labor won only 20 per cent of seats in Queensland at the 2019 election.
Mr Swan said it was not uncommon over political history for Queenslanders to turn against major parties.
"It swings hard and I don't think it is impossible at all," he said of reversing the trend at the next election.
Areas such as Wide Bay had been neglected by the coalition and were open to Labor's message.
Australian Associated Press