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Bororen is located 490 km north of Brisbane on the North Coast Line around 45 km south of Gladstone.
It was once a large dairy and timber community but in more recent times grazing cattle has become the more dominant activity. I have not been able to find an accurate date that the station was opened but I am confident it was around 1897 when the line from Gladstone to Bundaberg was completed.
The site has two features of note the first being unused station on the south side of the tracks since demolished in March 2019 and stock yards on the north side.
The yards were used to spell cattle and horses during long journeys by rail but changes in practices and faster transit times have made the yards redundant but the third road and triangle are still in use. It is interesting to note that the overhead wiring was installed to allow electric locos to service the yard.
The entire location is surrounded by an ugly chain fence constructed during the line upgrade in the mid 1990's and it does a good job keeping people out.
This is due to the fact that trains like the tilt units are allowed to do 160 km/h through Bororen and other freight and passenger trains are allowed 100 km/h max.
The photos below begin to the south of the town at Three Mile Creek and progress north. 2813 leads a northbound Aurizon freight over Three Mile Creek it crossed with the Tilt Train pictured below south of Miriam Vale. 10.30 5/8/18 Brisbane bound Tilt Train running thirty minutes late crossing Three Mile Creek at 09.35. 5/8/18 On its way south PN001 leads its train towards the south end of the trestle. Tuesday 18/10/05 A 39 class loco hauling a rail train from Brisbane crossing the trestle at Three Mile Creek. You may notice the concrete reinforcements added during the line upgrade. February 2002 2830 slowly crosses the trestle at Three Mile Creek a few kilometres south of Bororen on its way north. The swollen creek is courtesy of ex cyclone Beni that dumped 400mm of rain in the area in a day and a half. Feb 2003 The trestle on Three Mile Creek is being replaced with construction starting in January 2019, the photo above and below were taken on 17/2/19
The photos above and below were taken on April 25, 2019 with the support structures being completed from north to south.
P.N 008 heading across Three Mile Creek 14/06/19
14/06/19 2196F and 2392 lead empty cattle wagons north 13/6/19..The series of photos below taken on the 13/6/19 show the progress of the new Three Mile Creek Bridge.
Track is down on the new bridge 4/08/19. Northbound P.N freight 4/08/19
2390 nears the down approach signal at the same location as the shot of the Sunlander below but looking south. It is hauling eighteen empty molasses wagons back to the north Queensland canefields. It took the loop to cross with a southbound train headed by PN011 at 12.34. If you look back down the line in the picture, the dip is the location of the previous photos.12.32 Friday 15/09/05
2190 in new QR National livery leads 1747 on the Sunlander as it approaches a level crossing with the southern approach signal in the background as it heads south to Brisbane. This location is about a kilometre south of Bororen right next to the Bruce Highway. 07/09/05 07.35 A late northbound Tilt Train City of Maryborough speeds towards Bororen on ANZAC Day 2019.
2806 below 20/8/19
PN004 heading south midway along the loop seen from the cattle yards. You may notice the track work allowing trains from either direction to load or unload stock and the overhead wiring to allow electric locos to serve the yards. Tuesday 30/08/05 11.14
August the 9th 2018 shows the former cattle yard angle reduced to one track in the photo below.
After arriving ten minutes before the Sunlander and taking the loop this northbound freight headed by 2314 and 2132F waits for the green to continue its journey. To the left you can see the line leading to the cattle yards that were used to rest cattle on long trips. 07.39 Wed 07/09/05 PN010 heads north out of the loop at Bororen after crossing with a southbound PNQ train headed by PN002 at 10.48.
2807 Leading a Linfox freight north. 29/07/19
This article first appeared on trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com
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