Unusually, the closure was instigated by a collaboration of the five shires the line passes through, who requested that the money spent maintaining the weekly goods service be redirected into providing a 280km sealed road. Loads were reportedly down to less than what would fill a ute.
The line was officially closed on 14 October 2005. It is currently being dismantled.
An excellent recollection of a ride on the Yaraka mixed service is available here.
Does anyone have any memories and/or photos of this line? Is anyone planning a trip in the near future to photograph what remains before demolition is complete?
Some further reading for those interested:
Page 6 of this document
QR Annual Report 2006, page 17
Page 46 of this document
ABC news report, 8 September 2005
Courier Mail, 13 September 2005
Media Release re: the subsequent road upgrades, December 2007