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Iveragh Loop is located at 501 km post on the North Coast Line to the south of Gladstone. When the contractors completed work in 1892 the site was the terminus of the line constructed south from Gladstone and was called Eurimbula. A financial crisis made funds scarce and with little to no traffic the line was mothballed soon after completion. The line was not opened back up until mid 1896 to aid with the completion of the line further south to Bundaberg. It was then the location was renamed to Iveragh. When the line was completed on 1 st October 1897 passenger trains took around 5 hours to traverse the section from Gladstone to Bundaberg as well as being a boost to the economic development of the state. Much has changed in the past decade with the line being upgraded or replaced between Gladstone and Iveragh but the slow curve at the northern end of the loop still remains and the line south to Miriam Vale still follows the original alignment.
The creek overflow is courtesy of ex cyclone Beni that dumped over 400mm of rain in the area in a day and a half and delayed many trains due to speed restrictions on many bridges. This location is a few kilometers south of the loop near Eight Mile Creek, the entire section south to Miriam Vale retains its original right of way and timber bridges. Feb 2003
Above and below PN002 on a northbound freight at Turkey Beach road just south of the loop running hard for a cross with a southbound P.N freight. 10/5/19 11.30am.
2811 with a northbound Linfox freight train at the same location 13/8/19 10.38am.
2392 and 2191F lead a southbound loaded Aurizon cattle train passing the signals at the southern end of Iveragh Loop 11.20 21/8/19 The sequence below shows a northbound Linfox freight headed by 2832 as it runs through the south end of Iveragh Yard. 12.13 21/8/19
3927 Passes an electric freight in the loop at speed with a loaded stock train heading for Brisbane 24/08/99 07.16 2821 heading south through Iveragh Loop. 10.06 23/8/05. PN012 takes the loop to cross with a southbound with PN002 leading at Iveragh Loop 11.18 17/08/05
Northbound Tilt Train overtaking an electric hauled freight at Iveragh. 4.15pm 07/04/99
2489 with eleven ballast wagons and a plough bringing up the rear pass through Iveragh on the way back to Gladstone. Mon 05/02/01 12.21 After being overtaken 3912 leads its train around the curve just north of Iveragh, approaching Christensen's Road level crossing. Near the UP Home signal you can see the difference between the traditional round speed boards and the new square ones for the Tilt Train. 16.25 07/04/99.
Looking north at the same location as the previous photo PN004 approaches the loop on its way south to Brisbane.Friday 15/09/05 10.15 3911 leads 3933 + 1500 (as vehicles) head south through Rodd’s Bay. February 1995. This loop and the one between Benaraby and Gladstone called Toolooa were eliminated when the track upgrade was completed in 1996 and now only the brick signal building remains the track consists of a very broad curve rated at 160km/h for the tilt train.
This article first appeared on trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com
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