New station planned for Maryborough West

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The $51-million regional station accessibility program announced in this week's state budget looks set to deliver significant changes at Maryborough West, where the 1988-built station is planned for demolition and replacement and the 350m long platform (or part of) widened and raised to meet disabilty access requirements.  

Maryborough West is the primary station for the 108,200 residents of the Fraser Coast region and sees six to seven passenger trains each day. The existing station was built on a 6.7km deviation between Oakhurst and Aldershot to bypass the previously used Baddow station, which had required North Coast Line passenger trains to reverse into or out of the main platform.

The regional station accessibility program will also see upgrades start on the 1973-built Rockhampton station - the largest regional station complex still in use on the North Coast Line, previously boasting three through mainline platforms and three dock platforms. Planning is also underway to improve access at the Bundaberg station.

Gympie North was built at the same time to the same design as Maryborough West, so while not yet mentioned in the program, would likely be meeting the same fate as Maryborough West in the future.

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The $51-million regional station accessibility program announced in this week's state budget looks set to deliver significant changes at Maryborough West, where the 1988-built station is planned for demolition and replacement and the 350m long platform (or part of) widened and raised to meet disabilty access requirements.  

Maryborough West is the primary station for the 108,200 residents of the Fraser Coast region and sees six to seven passenger trains each day. The existing station was built on a 6.7km deviation between Oakhurst and Aldershot to bypass the previously used Baddow station, which had required North Coast Line passenger trains to reverse into or out of the main platform.

The regional station accessibility program will also see upgrades start on the 1973-built Rockhampton station - the largest regional station complex still in use on the North Coast Line, previously boasting three through mainline platforms and three dock platforms. Planning is also underway to improve access at the Bundaberg station.

Gympie North was built at the same time to the same design as Maryborough West, so while not yet mentioned in the program, would likely be meeting the same fate as Maryborough West in the future.
Sulla1
Why 340 m?

The CTT is what 7 cars plus 2 locos, less than 200m.

Surely Rocky station is to face significant rationalisation?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quick one from me when would the last passenger service have used Maryborough Station itself?

Could a steam special get into and out of the station now?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The long platform dates from 1989 when the 21 carriage Super Sunlanders were introduced, the platform being extended within a year of the station opening. The Super Sunlanders ran for around a decade. The long platform extension is still used by Aurizon and Pacific National crews recrewing trains.

The last regular passenger trains into the old Maryborough station were the weekly Sunshine Rail Experiences that stopped running in November 1998. Some specials ran for a few years after that, the Monto freights were still running into the city in 2006, but by 2008 when the last freight ran, they were originating at Maryborough West. For the best part of the last decade the two platform tracks have been removed, although other tracks away from the platforms remain for the Whistle Stop Museum and the Mary Ann.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The last regular passenger trains into the old Maryborough station were the weekly Sunshine Rail Experiences that stopped running in the early 2000s. Some specials ran for a few years after that. For the best part of the last decade the two platform tracks have been removed, although other tracks away from the platforms remain for the Whistle Stop Museum and the Mary Ann.

Do you see an opportunity for a rail motor Sprinter type of setup to run between Maryborough and Brisbane?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Running a diesel powered train between Maryborough and Brisbane for the sake of a few kilometres of non-electrified track doesn't make much sense in this situation.

All of the overbridges between Maryborough West and Maryborough were raised during the 1980s and 1990s for potential electrification into Maryborough (at the time a significant locomotive depot and regional freight hub), so actually electrifying the branch would be relatively simple and relatively cheap (Aurizon's Bauhinia electrification worked out at around $1.6-million/km, and the Maryborough branch is 8km long).

Of course there's no political will to do this, and additional daily trains to Maryborough would probably also have to run all the way to Bundaberg where another 95,000 people live. Additional trains from Bundaberg to Brisbane are already being talked up in political circles for the 2032 Olympics.

So, long and short, Maryborough West is probably the only option for passenger services in the Maryborough region for the foreseeable future.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
What does the 6 trains per day at Maryborough comprise ?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Most days there are two Bundaberg electric Tilt trains, two Rockhampton electric tilt trains and two Spirit of Queensland diesel tilt trains. The Spirit of the Outback stops there four days per week, to bulk up train counts on the days it passes through.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Maryborough is not small and is the gayest to Frasier area an EMU service between there and Brisbane could have been provided by repurposed Brisbane rolling stock. It is only around 200 km.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Maryborough is not small and is the gayest to Frasier area an EMU service between there and Brisbane could have been provided by repurposed Brisbane rolling stock. It is only around 200 km.
freightgate
Along with ongoing upgrading of the North Coast Railway (North of Beerburrum) Bundaberg should have at least 4 return electric passenger trains a day.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I'm sure additional services and new locally built additional interurban trainsets are coming. When is the only question. Probably before 2032 is my best guess.

The reality is the State Government has the choice to spend millions adding additional trains between Bundaberg and Brisbane, or spend billions to duplicate the Bruce Highway north of Curra.

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