Flooding in Maryborough

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
10m above the river in maryborough is a substantial height snd surely we could see the branch under water ?

The rail line to the plant is near the river and I expect it to be under water tonight.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Major flooding in the Mary River between Gympie and Maryborough from rainfalls in excess of 600m during Friday night has resulted in the North Coast Line and Bruce Highway being cut in several places over the weekend.

Trains on the North Coast Line were halted Friday night as heavy rain from ex-TC Seth (the Egyptian god of storms and disorder) fell across the Mary and Burnett River Catchments. Several southbound trains were stowed at Maryborough West by Saturday morning, while some northbound trains were kept at Gympie North. As the extent of track damage was revealed by daylight, some of the southbound trains have since returned north to Rockhampton, and those at Gympie North sent back to Brisbane.

Several hundred metres of washaways across the Durramboi Creek flats between Curra and Theebine have been reported, where the parallel Bruce Highway was also badly damaged.

South of Gympie, the MVR's bridge over the Mary River on the former Mary Valley Branch went underwater during Saturday morning, with some flooding elsewhere along the heritage railway.

In Maryborough, Downer's DH73 and 1104 were used to retrieve at least two NGR suburban sets from Downer's lower yard during Saturday morning, stowing the sets on the mainline in what remains of the old Maryborough station yard. Within hours the Downer yard was underwater. By this morning the entire Wharf Branch was submerged beyond the old Maryborough station yard, with six metres of water over the recently rebuilt line and the Downer lower yard - and only a few hundred metres of track into the Downer plant above flood height.

Temporary levees expected to protect the Maryborugh CBD were breached by failing gates this afternoon as the river approaches the 10.7m and 10.8m flood heights recorded in the 2013 and 1974 floods.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sounds bad.
  Sunbird Locomotive Fireman

I hope some pictures emerge online of the NGR sets being moved.
A daylight rollingstock transfer between Downer and old Marybrough yard is usual enough but the rapidly rising river in the back ground would make it a very dramatic image.
  lkernan Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I'm guessing the DH's are a little better for wading though flooded yards than something with traction motors down low.  
Maybe some smart forward planning on Downers part  Laughing
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
I'm guessing the DH's are a little better for wading though flooded yards than something with traction motors down low.  
Maybe some smart forward planning on Downers part  Laughing
lkernan
Should resurrect some steam locos...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I hope some pictures emerge online of the NGR sets being moved.
A daylight rollingstock transfer between Downer and old Marybrough yard is usual enough but the rapidly rising river in the back ground would make it a very dramatic image.
Sunbird

Links please?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The MVR has announced it will resume running trains tomorrow on its heritage railway. The Mary Valley line's Mary River Bridge was submerged last Saturday.

As best as I can tell the North Coast Line is still closed between Gympie North and Maryborough West. The parallel Bruce Highway is open.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Temporary levees expected to protect the Maryborugh CBD were breached by failing gates this afternoon as the river approaches the 10.7m and 10.8m flood heights recorded in the 2013 and 1974 floods.
Sulla1
Since it was the failure of underground storm water 'gates', as per the following URL, which allowed the flood to bypass the temporary street level levee built to protect local businesses, it is presumed other towns that use temporary street level levees will also check their underground storm water pipe valves.

I recall seeing on tv similar temporary flood barriers, as in the blue version in the following URL, in some earlier floods like Maitland some years ago. Maybe not blue, but a similar temporary system.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-09/qld-weather-flooding-fraser-coast-maryborough/100746184
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
I'm guessing the DH's are a little better for wading though flooded yards than something with traction motors down low.  
Maybe some smart forward planning on Downers part  Laughing
lkernan
The DH's were often called on to haul suburban trains during periods of very wet weather for this very reason.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Nathalia, Vic, used a temporary metal levee in the 2012 floods:
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/nathalia-levee-to-stay-in-place-for-now/21061
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Looks like the North Coast Line opened sometime during Tuesday afternoon.

Downer's lower yard is now free of water and being cleared of flood debris.
  Expost Chief Commissioner

I'm guessing the DH's are a little better for wading though flooded yards than something with traction motors down low.  
Maybe some smart forward planning on Downers part  Laughing
lkernan
During the 1990/1991 Rockhampton floods, I was a member of the SES. A small boat had overturned whilst crossing the Yeppen Flood Plain, throwing 5 people into the water. One was rescued from a tree, one made his way to the shore, but sadly, 3 drowned. One washed up beside Depot Hill State School, the second body washed up in the rail yards down towards Jellicoe St. I was one of the people involved with the body recovery. A DH loco, pulling a flat car of some sort, was used by us to access the area, as it could wade through the flooded area to get to the location.

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