Disused lines in Qld?

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chuffbuff29 Locomotive Driver

I've often thought of how many disused railway lines there are throughout queensland, and what is the chance of re-construction of a disused railway line?.. Probably NIL!  Sad

many of these lines still exist, from what i once seen of an old track through the mines near ipswich. This was an overgrown trackbed with gumtrees & bush, sleepers eaten away, apart from a few rusty spikes, there was not one rusty rail to be seen!

This line was well & truely in use before my existance.. around the early 40's or 50's.

I'm intrigued. Smile
 
DavidB - Moderator Site Admin

Location: Canberra
I've often thought of how many disused railway lines there are throughout queensland, and what is the chance of re-construction of a disused railway line?.. Probably NIL!  :(
- chuffbuff29

A few short sections of disused railway have been reopened as tourist railways in the last decade or so.

Cheers
David
 
inlander Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
They have converted the section from Fernvale to Lowood on the Brisbane Valley line to a walking /bike trail- would recommend as it hugs the cliifs before Lowood following the upper Brisbane river.

It is worth noting that the Brisbane valley highway is now full of B Double trucks and the pavement is failing as a result. The line used to carry fuel etc.
 
Gazza Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast
A good book to get is "Rail enthusiasts guide to the Brisbane region"
Has plenty of info on current, closed & proposed lines in SE Qld & Northern Rivers NSW.  ARHS NSW has it for $10.90 in their bookshop.
 
kota16 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
When visiting Cooktown in far north Qld in 1977,I photographed the site of the former rail station,and one could still see the outline of where the tracks went on the 3ft6inch line to Laura goldfields.It was a very isolated line,and the most northerly in QLD,until the standard gauge line was built at Weipa.in the Gulf of Carpentaria.Darwin is still the most northerly point for any railway in Australia,but Weipa in Far North Qld,is only about 90 to 100 km south of that point of longitude where Darwin is situated.
 
bevans - Administrator Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A good book to get is "Rail enthusiasts guide to the Brisbane region"
Has plenty of info on current, closed & proposed lines in SE Qld & Northern Rivers NSW.  ARHS NSW has it for $10.90 in their bookshop.
- Gazza


Does anyone have a website URL?? Can these be purchsed off thr web?  Where is the shop in Sydney?
 
kota16 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
The shop is in Redfern,close to Redfern station.You can buy off the website at  http://www.arhsnsw.com.au    I got my Railway Digest subscription that way today,saving money at newsagent.
 
Train Geek Station Master

Rembrants of old tracks stil exist east around Bowen hills like the old tram track that used to run out to break fast creek.
I walked one dayto try n find out where they went, but most of it has been totally ripped up.

Other disused lines include Caboolture- Wamuran branch line.
Does anybody know why they stopped using this for?

Also the Beaudesert Line from bethania isnt used anymore, altho i have seen some red rattlers in beauy, so they must of been pulled there for storage reasons?


Offcut line near wacol, branches off under the hwy n heads out to an industrial estate then just ends.

Yeah west of ipswich theres old coal lines that run out near swanbank powerstation, rarely used.

Plus other little various lines branching off around rosewood etc.
After all the Westline is brissy's oldest line is it not?

Anymore yous can think of?
 
inlander Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
TheWamuran branch was "Mothballed" due to traffic magically disappearing(Read switch to road transport)!. The QR were not keen on taking the pineapples from Wamuran as they considered the loading wasnt sufficient. The Quarry at Modlu(Used for Ballast) also closed. The branch was the remmant of the former Kilcoy branch which was truncated back to Wamuran in 1964.
 
sashmo Chief Commissioner

Location: Coffs Harbour NSW
In regards to Swanbank there is the foermer connection to Redbank as part of the Redbank Bundamba Loop. At Dinmore there was the Gullands line which served a nearby Brick works and colliery interests. From Ipswich there was the Churchill Line (now lifted i believe) which was the truncated line to Boonah and several other locations. the was the Maryvale line which ran out of Warwick was considered part of the Via Recta project. there was the Killarney line also running out of Warwick branching off from Cottonvale was the Amiens Branch, branching off the line to Dirranbandi was the line to Texas. most of these have been lifted and only the track bed formation is all that remains and regarding the Beaudesert line it has been restored to a tourist railway.

there would be other lines throughout the state hoipe these few have helepd .
 
QRIG Assistant Commissioner

Location: Brisbane, Qld
Rembrants of old tracks stil exist east around Bowen hills like the old tram track that used to run out to break fast creek.
I walked one dayto try n find out where they went, but most of it has been totally ripped up.
- Train Geek


Ripped up in 1990 ... the old New Farm/Bulimba branch (definitely not a tram track) ran from Bowen Hills to New Farm and server the warehouses and woolstores along the way.


Other disused lines include Caboolture- Wamuran branch line.
Does anybody know why they stopped using this for?

Also the Beaudesert Line from bethania isnt used anymore, altho i have seen some red rattlers in beauy, so they must of been pulled there for storage reasons?
- A user


Its now back in use again as a tourist railway using an ex. Emu Bay Railway diesel hydraulic 1105 and also C17 967 .... nearly forgot about it the other day when I was in Beaudesert, until I saw the C17 rattling past with its train.
 
standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
Apart from disuse line, you should also try to find out some old bypassed lines in QLD, QLD as most of you know has alot of mainline deviations built recently, this left with number of old alignments, like old bridges, tunnels , winding tracks around mountains and hills. They are just as good as discoverying disuse lines.
 
Byjingodingo Junior Train Controller

Location: North Lakes
On a recent visit to my home town of Goomeri in the South Burnett, I went poking around the now closed Murgon to Proston Branch. Actually the track is still in use as far at the Murgon Meatworks, about 2 km from town, and beyond that it's apparently "mothballed" as far at the grain silos at Byee, about 10 or 12 kms to the west. From Byee to Proston, most visable sections of track seem to have been lifted. The interesting thing [for me at least] was that the mothballed section from the meatworks to Barlil, a distance of several kilometres is being used as storage for bulk grain & I'm guessing coal wagons.. There were seemingly endless rakes of these wagons, parked along the curves & dips of the old Proston line. I guess this means a turndown in rail use for the grain harvest, as a result perhaps of the recent drought conditions. At least the tracks are getting some use, if for nothing else other than as a storage facility for excess rolling stock. If anyone knows more about this....
Ding
 
Byjingodingo Junior Train Controller

Location: North Lakes
Dear Expedition Pass
Thanks for the information on the stored GOM, GOMB and GHMB wagons at Murgon. And thanks also to the tip on Saturday's cattle special into Murgon from NQ. Although due to my now irregular visits to my home region, I have noticed a pattern of trains arriving & departing Saturday evenings or the early hours on Sundays. Is this a fair assumption or are cattle specials always pretty random ?

If I may ask another question: If a cattle special is coming to Murgon from say, the Townsville area, is there always a loco change in Maryborough-Theebine [to the usual two 1720's] or do the same 1720's haul the train all the way from it's origin?      

Your information is very much appreciated.
Dingo
 
EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
The GOMs and GOMBs converted to GAZCs for copper concentrate traffic were withdrawn and scrapped last year after the copper began taking a toll on their aluminium structure, but at least QR got another three or four years use out of what were fully depreciated assets that would otherwise have been sold at scrap value.
- Expedition Pass


mmm, I didn't realize that the GAZC's were scrapped.  They've been replaced with the GDZC's now haven't they??
 
Byjingodingo Junior Train Controller

Location: North Lakes
Expedition Pass
Greetings from Philadelphia
Last weekend's Charters Towers to Murgon stock train arrived as you predicted it would. Came in Sunday night around 2000 & departed Monday Morning around 0700.

Thanks again for the info.. My Dad, who lives in Murgon is 92, and is a keen train spotter. These days though, traffic on the Murgon branch can be very sparse at times. What traffic there is usually seems to be during  the late evening-early morning hours.
 
Tool Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
North Bundaberg - Gin Gin and beyond. Removed. Nothing left of Nth Bundy yards which were a fair size with large coaling stage.

My maternal grandparents farm was at Oakwood near the Splitters Creek bridge. Is the bridge still intact?
 
Johnmc - Moderator Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
North Bundaberg - Gin Gin and beyond.
My maternal grandparents farm was at Oakwood near the Splitters Creek bridge. Is the bridge still intact?
- Tool


I believe so.  I was led to understand that it was intact/preserved/heritage listed (one of the above)....
 
scott83 Assistant Commissioner

Location: TWBA
Some other disused lines are
Moura-Theodore
Dalby-Bell
Dalby-Jandowae
Oakey-Cecil Plains
They all still exist. One I want to know about but never been able to find is the old Barcaldine-Aramac branch are their any remnants of this
 
Johnmc - Moderator Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Some other disused lines are
One I want to know about but never been able to find is the old Barcaldine-Aramac branch are their any remnants of this
- scott83


Aramac shire retained their old RM, and I understand that is being/will be/has been/ restored at QR Ipswich workshops, to run on a short section of restored line at Aramac.

The best source of info on this line would be "The Aramac Tramway", by Peter Bell & John Kerr(his last publicition, i theenk).

(Brisbane guys: Is this book at The Railway Shop?)
 

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