Nambour Cane Train

 
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
Last weekend, I passed through Nambour (Queensland) and saw some tiny railway tracks down some of the town's streets.  They passed through the centre of a roundabout and had their own set of traffic lights where they crossed the main road.  I followed them to a Sugar Cane Mill that has been closed for a while now.  Does anyone have more information about this mill and the apparantly extensive local cane tracks (from a five-year old street directory of the area) in the area North-West of Maroochydore ?

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  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
Moreton Central Mill.

Closed end of 2003 season courtesy of owners Bundaberg Sugar.  Majority of loco fleet has gone to the Bundaberg Sugar's Bundaberg area mills (with a few exceptions), and basically all of cane bin fleet has been transferred to Bundaberg Sugar's Innisfail mills.

Majority of the track has been ripped up, with only the line through town, and one other line (I think) remaining.  I think the track through the middle of town is heritage protected or something like that.
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
Thanks for the information CSR Victoria Mill.   Very Happy
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Moreton Central was a sad loss.  I remember a few happy days sitting in the pub on the main street enjoying a counter meal watching the little trains struggle uphill to the mill.

This was the only cane sysetm which I could reach out-and-back in a day from home (which is 50kms south east of Melbourne CBD) by using the daytime Cooroy train out from Brissy.

Bli Bli and Friends were almost part of the family
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
Moreton Central Mill.

Majority of the track has been ripped up, with only the line through town, and one other line (I think) remaining.  I think the track through the middle of town is heritage protected or something like that.
"CSR Victoria Mill"


Howdee CSR/all,
                       To the best of my knowledge all has now gone except for the road as mentioned and the lift span bridge over the Maroochy River.
 Not sure what has become of the section that was lifted since falling into the river itself.

Cheers
Brad
  Huggies Chief Commissioner

Location: DFC Land :(

Howdee CSR/all,
                       To the best of my knowledge all has now gone except for the road as mentioned and the lift span bridge over the Maroochy River.
 Not sure what has become of the section that was lifted since falling into the river itself.

Cheers
Brad
"LocoShed"


Did the lifted section fall off ? Not surprised.
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
To the best of my knowledge all has now gone except for the road as mentioned and the lift span bridge over the Maroochy River.
 Not sure what has become of the section that was lifted since falling into the river itself.
"LocoShed"

G'day Brad!

That much gone now eh?  that's sad.

So what's the deal with the bridge?  it be kaput?
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
To the best of my knowledge all has now gone except for the road as mentioned and the lift span bridge over the Maroochy River.
 Not sure what has become of the section that was lifted since falling into the river itself.
"LocoShed"

G'day Brad!

That much gone now eh?  that's sad.

So what's the deal with the bridge?  it be kaput?
"CSR Victoria Mill"


Hi Stevo,
             The bridge is heritage listed and is supposed to remain.
 I believe both the council and (GRRRRR) Bundy Sugar accept no responsibility for it and it continues to sit with any manner of human vermin gaining access to it.
  Kids were swimming around the bridge when the span that lifts broke free and fell into the river. Amazingly the kids were not directly underneath at the time.
 There was reports by a local who believes he  earlier saw someone tampering with the wire ropes (?) that hold the section up.
 I believe the waterways authority up there would love to see the bridge go but given it is 'now' unique we should fight for it to remain.

Brad
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
Moreton Central was a sad loss.  I remember a few happy days sitting in the pub on the main street enjoying a counter meal watching the little trains struggle uphill to the mill.

This was the only cane sysetm which I could reach out-and-back in a day from home (which is 50kms south east of Melbourne CBD) by using the daytime Cooroy train out from Brissy.

Bli Bli and Friends were almost part of the family
"Gwiwer"



Hi Gwiwer,
              I hear where your coming from. Since 1994 I made at least one trip a year to Moreton Mill for photography and despite many losses of fave rail operations (Belmont line, SMR, RVR, EEs in the Kemira Valley) nothing has affected me more than this closure.
 The final years saw an insane amount of film used in an effort to cover the system before it went.
 Even after closure I have continued to return and photograph infrastructure, although there is now little to be seen.
 Last train photographed was PETRIE and flat wagons in Sept 2004 while undertaking the sad duty of hauling rail off the Punt line as it was ripped up. Managed to get a shot of the last cane loco to touch soil on the other side of the David Low bridge just before a huge storm hit.
 Shame nothing came of preserved railway plans.
 Anyway I should be back there late next month.

Regards
Brad
 **  Long trip for one day Melbourne-Nambour!
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere

** Long trip for one day Melbourne-Nambour!

Frankston - Nambour and back  Smile   Long, but a pilgrimage made on at least 4 occasions.
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(

** Long trip for one day Melbourne-Nambour!

Frankston - Nambour and back  Smile   Long, but a pilgrimage made on at least 4 occasions.
"Gwiwer"



And one well worth it also.
In the final year we organised a BBQ at River depot and attendees turned up from as far away as FNQ, Adelaide and NSW south coast.
Sydney to Nambour seems insignificant to Melbourne Smile

Brad
  bobcarey Assistant Commissioner

Location: offrail
There are some items of rolling stock , and maybe a loco like a small works engine, and i think the tippler frame, residing in a museum adjacent to the old mill site , next to Shire  Council parking area.
Bob
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
Yearrrrs ago there was a cafe name "Tram cafe, basically name after the tramway on the middle of the road, ive been there a few times, serve great food, I wodner if is still there..?
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere

There are some items of rolling stock , and maybe a loco like a small works engine, and i think the tippler frame, residing in a museum adjacent to the old mill site , next to Shire Council parking area.

IIRC there was a plinthed steam loco which was considered a heritage item at the mill gate.  Would this be the one you mean?
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
There are some items of rolling stock , and maybe a loco like a small works engine, and i think the tippler frame, residing in a museum adjacent to the old mill site , next to Shire  Council parking area.
Bob
"bobcarey"

Two Malcolm Moore locos (JOE & SANDY) are now in the ownership of Nambour & District Museum.  Also in the collection is the last bin to be tipped/emptied at the mill and John Fowler steamer EUDLO.

IIRC there was a plinthed steam loco which was considered a heritage item at the mill gate. Would this be the one you mean?
"Gwiwer"

The Shay was plinthed at the gate IIRC.  I can't remember exactly who now has this loco, but I think it is a group around Mapleton (the Shay loco, along with another, originally worked the Nambour-Mapleton tramway I believe)
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere

The Shay was plinthed at the gate IIRC

And named Eudlo.
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
The Shay was plinthed at the gate IIRC
"CSR Victoria Mill"
And named Eudlo.
"Gwiwer"

err... no.

Eudlo is John Fowler loco 16207 of 1925.  Completely separate loco from the Shay.  As mentioned, Eudlo has gone to the Nambour & District Historical Museum.

Shay
[img]http://www.australiansteam.com/lima2091_small.jpg[/img]

Eudlo
[img]http://www.australiansteam.com/fowler16207_small.jpg[/img]

Images from the Australian Steam website.
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
Yearrrrs ago there was a cafe name "Tram cafe, basically name after the tramway on the middle of the road, ive been there a few times, serve great food, I wodner if is still there..?
"james_c"



James,
          Can't say I have noted it in all the time I have spent there.
 May have forseen what the future held and changed the name.

Brad
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
IIRC there was a plinthed steam loco which was considered a heritage item at the mill gate. Would this be the one you mean?
"Gwiwer"

The Shay was plinthed at the gate IIRC.  I can't remember exactly who now has this loco, but I think it is a group around Mapleton (the Shay loco, along with another, originally worked the Nambour-Mapleton tramway I believe)[/quote]


Howdee,
          Actually the SHAY loco is a combination of the two locos that operated the line to Mapleton.

Brad
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
Actually the SHAY loco is a combination of the two locos that operated the line to Mapleton.
"LocoShed"

that's right.. once was called Dulong, and the other Mapleton wasn't it?
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
Actually the SHAY loco is a combination of the two locos that operated the line to Mapleton.
"LocoShed"

that's right.. once was called Dulong, and the other Mapleton wasn't it?
"CSR Victoria Mill"


Hi Steve,
           Yeah believe thats right. Was actually trying to think of DULONG's name when typing that up the other night Smile   Thats the problem when all the records are up in the railway room and Iam comfortable way down here in the house Smile

 LIkely to be visiting Nambour in April for another depressing inspection.

Brad
  bobcarey Assistant Commissioner

Location: offrail
jamesC, the tramway cafe in Nambour was in front of the upstairs office of the Sunshine Coast Environmental  Office. I cannot say if it is still open. Brad, most of the visible lines from the Bruce Hwy over passes , and the Coolum -Yandina rd. , have been lifted, but in some places road warning signs are still in place, as well as embedded rail in Coolum rd . , crossings.
Bob
  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(
jamesC, the tramway cafe in Nambour was in front of the upstairs office of the Sunshine Coast Environmental  Office. I cannot say if it is still open. Brad, most of the visible lines from the Bruce Hwy over passes , and the Coolum -Yandina rd. , have been lifted, but in some places road warning signs are still in place, as well as embedded rail in Coolum rd . , crossings.
Bob
"bobcarey"



HI Bob,
          Thanks for this mate.
 I am hoping to pop up for a look next month while in Brissie for the model railway exhibition.
 I was surprised at the very few signs that were left around on our last visit. Of course they all become very prized souvenier items for thos who cared about this system so much.
  My backyard actually has a metre of 2ft rail including sleeper which I had to lug all the way down from Nambour. The lifting crew had been through and obviously wasn't interested.
 IIRC they also left the points in at both end of this loop, the bushie one alongside Petrie Creek Road which from memory was one of the ones named Bowser.

Brad
  Huggies Chief Commissioner

Location: DFC Land :(

HI Bob,
          Thanks for this mate.
 I am hoping to pop up for a look next month while in Brissie for the model railway exhibition.
 I was surprised at the very few signs that were left around on our last visit. Of course they all become very prized souvenier items for thos who cared about this system so much.
  My backyard actually has a metre of 2ft rail including sleeper which I had to lug all the way down from Nambour. The lifting crew had been through and obviously wasn't interested.
 IIRC they also left the points in at both end of this loop, the bushie one alongside Petrie Creek Road which from memory was one of the ones named Bowser.

Brad
"LocoShed"


Yes I remember that day still very well. Laughing

  LocoShed Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck in this 1st world country! :-(



Brad
"LocoShed"


Yes I remember that day still very well. Laughing

"Huggies"


EEEEEEYYYaaaaaaaarrrrrr

Hurts the back just looking at the photo.

Anyway its in a good home now Smile

Brad

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