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Commissioner's Inspection Rail Motor 1929…
Studebaker Rail Motor Inspection Car 1918…
Sir Matthew Nathan arriving by rail motor at Tamborine station on the Canungra line, 1922 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
Sir Matthew is centre front, the then Governor of Queensland.
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South Brisbane Railway Station (0003-0002) -… - #slqdigital @slqld
The Brisbane Limited. Overnight train between Sydney-Brisbane, initially via Wallangarra (change to QR) and in the 1930s direct via std gauge.
c. 1970s ?
South Brisbane Railway Station (0003-0003) -… - #slqdigital @slqld
Fortunate to travelled on the Limited a number of times. Was a most enjoyable journey, particularly if you had a sleeper.
South Brisbane Railway Station (0003-0021) -… - #slqdigital @slqld
My first time to Brisbane was onboard the Limited in 1969. There were a number of services.
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Caboolture - Kilcoy
Caboolture to Woodford 1909, Kilcoy 1913.
Wamuran to Kilcoy closed 1964.
Caboolture to Wamuran closed 1996.
Map 1939…
More detail of the Kilcoy branch…
Opening of Kilcoy Railway Station, December 1913…
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Bowen Hills (Mayne) to Dayboro
Line to Enoggera open 1899, Gaythorne 1916, Mitchelton 1918, Samford 1918, Samsonvale 1919, Kobble 1919, Dayboro 1920. Closed beyond Ferny Grove in 1955.…
On the 5 May 1947 a packed excursion train derailed at Camp Mountain. Queensland's worst rail disaster, 16 people died, including the driver and fireman, and 38 people were injured.

Detailed blog: Crash at Camp Mountain
Dayboro - official opening 25 September 1920…
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Bethania - Beaudesert (Upper Logan railway)
Opened to Logan Village 1885, Beaudesert 1888.
Passenger services ceased 1961, freight 1996.
Beaudesert Shire Tramway connected at Beaudesert between 1903 and 1944.……
Beaudesert railway station looking north, ca. 1901…
A heritage group 'Beaudesert Rail' operated services for a short time in 2003 between Bethania and Beaudesert.

Railway station at Beaudesert, 1914…
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Logan Village on the Beaudesert branch - Canungra opened 1915 closed 1955
Timber was the mainstay on the line. WW2 Pacific War - Jungle Warfare training centre at Canungra est. 1942 > substantial rail traffic during the war.
Map 1929…
For locations of stations…
Logan Village
Map 1939…
Official party on a visit to the Cunungra Railway, ca. 1911 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
This photograph possibly marks the beginning of the construction of the branch.
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Brisbane Valley line
Wulkuraka - Yarraman
Progressively opened between 1884 and 1913

Map 1920s…
Good description of the line >…
Map 1939…
The line to Yarraman now forms the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. One of the best in our nation. I was fortunate to travel to Yarraman by rail on the second last train.
It was a marvellous example of a Queensland branch line.…
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Rosewood - Marburg branch completed 1911 official opening 1912. Length 9 miles (14.4km) extended from Marburg one mile to Woodlands Sugar mill ext. closed 1916. Line served a number of small coal mines. Regular passenger trains.
Map 1949…
The Marburg branch
Highest point on the line was at Kunkala…
This line is very well documented and numerous historical photographs are available.
The line closed in sections Marburg to Birru in 1964, to Kunkala in 1970, Cabanda in 1973 and to Perry's Knob in 1979. ARHS-Qld leased part of line from Kunkala to Cabanda and then to Perry's Knob.
Established 'The Rosewood Railway'
C17 720 – “KEN BIGGS”
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Laidley - Mulgowie (Laidley Valley) line.
Opened in 1911, and was only 11 km in length.…
Stations - Cooper's Hill, Goothenda, Paree, Kullee, terminated at Mulgowie. Closed in 1955.
Minister for Railways, the Honourable Walter Trueman Paget, makes a speech before turning the first sod Laidley Valley railway -1910… - #slqdigital @slqld
There had been community advocacy for 30 years to get this line built, so quite a turnout.
Minister for Railways, the Honourable Walter Trueman Paget, turning the first sod for the Laidley Valley Railway Line, 1910… - #slqdigital @slqld
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The Tivoli branch ran from North Ipswich railway workshops to Tivoli, a coal mining site. Open 1898 closed in 1965. An extension to Mt Crosby from Tivoli ( private tramway ) was opened in 1912 & closed in 1932.…
Ipswich Qld / produced by Royal Australian Survey Corps 1949…
Workshops bottom left, the line to Tivoli heads north/north east.
This views shows the formation for the tramway extension to Mt Crosby on the Brisbane River. Another short tramway formation back towards the Bremer river.…
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Dugandan railway opened Ipswich to Harrisville 1882, to Dugandan in 1887. First ' branch line ' in Queensland. Also known as the Fassifern railway, Boonah railway. Churchill to Dugandan closed 1964.…
Dugandan Railway Station, near Boonah…
Locomotive B13 class 4-6-0 c. 1900
Early train on the Dugandan line -… - #slqdigital @slqld Locomotive is well turned out!
? coronation of Edward VII 1902
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Mount Edwards branch - was intended to form part of a via recta "straight route" between Brisbane and Sydney via break-of-gauge border town of Wallangarra.
Map 1939…
Opened 1922 closed 1960. The connection to Maryvale was never built.
'The 25 km long line branched off the Dugandan line at the rural locality of Munbilla 38 km south of the city of Ipswich. The line then proceeded in a generally south-westerly direction to the locality of Mount Edwards near the village of Aratula.'…
Grand opening of the Kalbar-Mt. Edwards via Recta railway section…
c. 1922
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'Roma Street Railway Station', Brisbane, ca. 1876 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
Roma Street station was not known as that until 1889 when Central opened. At this time the station was known as Brisbane Terminal Station. It was a terminus, opened 1875.
North-east end of the 'Roma Street Railway Station' in Brisbane, ca. 1879
Brisbane Terminal station.
Roma Street Station and yards in Brisbane - 1890… - #slqdigital @slqld
Marvellous photograph shows how Roma Street station quickly developed railway yard. The tracks through to Central can be seen. No longer 'Brisbane Terminal Station'.
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Latest: Victoria Bridge Brisbane…
The Victoria Bridge will be permanently closing to general traffic from 8pm Sunday 24th January 2021. The closure to general traffic is to facilitate both the Brisbane Metro project and CityLink Cycleway trial ...

Electric trams travelling along Queen Street from the Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, 1939 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
This was the second permanent Victoria Bridge, in use 1897-1969.
"Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, 1969" -… - #slqdigital @slqld
2nd & 3rd permanent Victoria Bridges photographed from an elevated position. The 3rd permanent Victoria Bridge (right) is in use, while the old bridge is being prepared for demolition.
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Brisbane trolley bus routes
17 miles had 36 single deck trolley buses
operated from 1951 -1969
Tram and trolley bus side by side in Stanley St, right outside the Gabba Cricket Ground 1963…
A trolley bus about to leave the Storey Bridge over the Brisbane River in the 1950's…
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Horsedrawn carriages parked in Ann Street, Brisbane, ca. 1895 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
The original Central station Brisbane. The present station building was built 1899-1904.
Note the Railway Refreshment Rooms!
Central Railway Station Brisbane, Queensland, 1901 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
Central Railway Station and clock tower in Ann Street, Brisbane.
Central Railway Station, Brisbane, Queensland 1925…
A W.D. & H.O. Wills's cigarette card.
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Goodna (Qld) is now my local railway station. Like most stations it has an interesting history. Open in 1874 on south-western line, duplicated 1886. Sparked 1980. Goodna is adjacent to the Brisbane River and gets flooded from time to time.

Network c. 1920…
Goodna was the spot for sod turning (30/1/73) for Brisbane - Ipswich railway. Toffs wanted in THEIR towns, so compromise was Goodna.
Official party travelled to Goodna wharf by paddle steamer.

The Telegraph Sat 1 Feb 1873 Page 3
The Kate, a 150-ton iron, paddle-wheel steamer especially designed for Brisbane’s bay and river trade is mentioned in the article, it too took pax out to Goodna for the big day. The railway killed the river trade.

Paddle steamer Kate Gladstone 1870.…
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First train to leave Winton, Queensland, 1898…
B13 locomotive 4-6-0
a total of 112 of these locos built from 1883-95 Image
First train into Mildura 1903
@SLSA collections…
Loco is 0-6-0 Q class. 11 built by Phoenix Ballarat 1873. The first locomotives built by Phoenix for VR. Image
The first electric train. First trial on Flemington Racecourse Line. Sunday.6.10.1918.
SLV… Image
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McKenzie s Tramway Locomotive, Fraser Island, Queensland, ca. 1920 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
Ex QGR 4D10 Image
Fraser Island Tramways… Image
4D10-class loco No.10 at Fairymead Mill in 1956…
The loco in the first photo of this thread. In 1922 it was sold to Fairymead Mill, where it was broken up in 1956.
Boiler survives at Caboolture. Image
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Crowds gather on the platform for the opening of the Kilcoy Railway Station, 1913 -… - #slqdigital @slqld Image
Decorated locomotive at Kilcoy Railway Station, 1913 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
The platform is crowded with people waiting to welcome the first train from Woodford on the opening day of the Woodford to Kilcoy railway line.
Loco PB15 Image
The Wamuran to Kilcoy section closed on 30 June 1964.
Photo:… Image
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Show patrons at the railway entrance to the Exhibition Ground, Brisbane, ca. 1915.… - #slqdigital @slqld
Remember when we had season tickets (periodicals) ?

Railway ticket - Moorooka to Exhibition -
Edmondson card ticket…
Children on miniature train at the Brisbane Exhibition, 1947 -… - #slqdigital @slqld
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Belmont tramway 1912-1926
Tramways Act of 1882 gave local councils in Qld powers to build railways which did not compete with QR.

Belmont Shire Council Steam Tram Motor No.1,
Norman Park c.1910s
Operated 1912-15 sold off
4 miles 25 chains in length, from Norman Park station, on the Cleveland line to a terminus on the Old Cleveland Road, near the present State school at the corner of Scrub Road Belmont.
QR locos until steam tram arrived & after the steam tram was sold.
QR A12 A14 B13 B15 & PB15 class locos were permitted on the tramway.

Construction gang at Norman Park working on the Belmont Tramway… - #slqdigital @slqld
Cleveland line in background.
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Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigades (QATB) were throughout the state. Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) 1 July 1991 amalgamation of 96 QATBs
Many had rail ambulances.

Rail ambulance at Roma, c. 1921… - #slqdigital @slqld Image
The rail ambulances were used because roads poor & often impassable. Railway employees would volunteer to operate to ensure safe working. Most converted road vehicles or rail trolleys.

Rail ambulance near Charters Towers, c. 1920… - #slqdigital @slqld Image
Baralaba rail ambulance c. 1923… Image
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So all the main classes and rail motors now complete.
There were a few lesser known ' motors '.
One in particular. It was a random find when ' fishing ' in the digital collection at SLQ.

Sir Matthew Nathan visiting a Brisbane suburban railway station 1922
In 1922 all suburban stations had low level platforms.
Sir Matthew was Governor of Qld at the time and travelled widely in the state.
So the search began. Found this.

Governor Sir Matthew Nathan visiting the Cunungra Pine Creek Tramway, 1922…
Located this
The Beaudesert Times (Qld. : 1908 - 1954) Fri 30 Jun 1922 Page 2 Governor Visits Beaudesert…

" ... The journey was made from Beenleigh by rail motor ... "
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