Disused Railway Lines - Queensland

 
  trainsonrails Station Staff

Location: New Zealand
Hi Guys,
After going to Victoria last year and seeing their disused railways I am planning to come over and see Queenslands disused Railway Lines.
Can anybody give me a list of the railway lines which are still intact but not being used?
Thanks

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The most obvious and topical (closed)line mentioned in another Qld thread is Charleville, or more specifically, Westgate to Cunnamulla, about 150Km. For the most part, the rails are still in place.

IMO this would be the longest abandoned stretch of railway in Queensland.

Cunnamulla has a very interesting railway station, one of only three remaining covered stations in Queensland.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boobook48/5945591183/lightbox/

Mike.
  trainsonrails Station Staff

Location: New Zealand
Thanks Mike, are there any others around the state?
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Can anybody give me a list of the railway lines which are still intact but not being used?
trainsonrails

Depends on what you mean by "still intact". Some closed lines are essentially intact, but disconnected from the line that they used to branch off from, eg Cecil Plains branch. Others have missing bits or have had some sections removed, eg Bell branch. I believe both the Jandowae and Wandoan branches are pretty much intact and still connected to the main.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
If flying into Brisbane then you will find the relatively intact unused northern NSW lines closer to Brisbane airport than Sydney airport. Branches out from Moree, Wallangarra to Armidale and Casino to Murwillumbah in particular are marked on maps so easy to explore without a guide.
  prwise Locomotive Driver

Monto - Calliope is still well intact other for a few washaways  around the lake and covers some interesting terrain. Some station platforms remain, some hard to find.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

As far as I know...

Southern North Coast Line branches

Theebine to Kingaroy - mostly removed

Mungar to Monto - intact apart from the bridges washed away in the 2013 floods

Monto to Taragoola - intact, about to be removed


Central Queensland Branches

Earlsfield to Baralaba - partly intact to Jambin, used for wagon storage

Minerva Junction to Springsure - intact, about to be used for wagon storage

Clermont to Blair Athol - intact, used for wagon storage


North Queenland Branches

Mackay to Marian - intact apart from diamond crossings removed for Mackay Sugar lines

Arriga Junction to Arriga - intact

Almaden to Mungana - mostly intact
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
As far as I know...

Central Queensland Branches

Earlsfield to Baralaba - partly intact to Jambin, used for wagon storage

Sulla1

This one you can follow on Google Maps to Jambin and stops at the grain silo not far north of Jambin which doesn't actually have a track connection. Then its dirt. You can see on street view where it stops. I didn't bother to follow to Baralaba.

The Theodore branch has been lifted.

The Colton to Taraku branch (former Hervey Bay) has been lifted

And I just noticed Bilo branch is gone, no mucking around there
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
The most obvious and topical (closed)line mentioned in another Qld thread is Charleville, or more specifically, Westgate to Cunnamulla, about 150Km. For the most part, the rails are still in place.

IMO this would be the longest abandoned stretch of railway in Queensland.

Cunnamulla has a very interesting railway station, one of only three remaining covered stations in Queensland.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boobook48/5945591183/lightbox/

Mike.
The Vinelander

Its not yet abandoned but assume its about to be.

My understanding is Quilpie is also red boarded.

Which is longer?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
The expansive Moura Yard may fit the intact and not used. its the former 3 way junction of the Theodore branch and line to the nth part of the old valley network. The station is at right angles to the new route built for the coal but still connected with light rail to the station. Grain trains run into part of the Y to reverse back. Rest I believe is unused.

Qld does seem fairly quick in last few years to remove unwanted rail lines. Almost like Tasmania AN days when not longer after the last train the lines were usually ripped up. I agree its cheaper and easier to do while the track is still mostly intact.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Zinc mining in munana about to increase. Chillagoe mining about to increase.

What role for rail now ?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The tonnages being discussed are only 40,000-tonnes per annum. Previously similar tonnages were road hauler to Townsville when Kagara was in operation. QR does have planning in place to upgrade the line west of Arriga Junction, but tonnages will have to get much closer to 500,000-tonnes for that to become a reality.
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
There are two mining operations in that area.

One at Mungana and one at Chillagoe.  There was to be a merger but that is now off.

40,000 tonnes is still a lot of wagons. 800 per year.

Add that amount to other traffic available on the tablelands and you have a nice business.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

We'll have to wait and see if Newcrest finds anything through this exploration agreement...but the sad fact is that no one is going to rebuild 100km of track to Mungana for three wagons a day. It didn't happen when Kagara was producing up to 120,000-tonnes per annum between 2000 and 2011.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
And add the restrictions that the Kuranda Range adds to anything west of it.  It would need to be something very special before the line was rebuilt.
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

AFAIK, Moura is no longer connected to the system. Trains go to Moura mine, and then set back along the old branch to the township to load Baralaba coal. They are currently building a balloon loop for Baralaba (Cockatoo) coal. The loop is to be called Cockatoo. The Balloon is roughly 6km along the old Moura branch from MM.

And the Monto branch is red boarded at Graham (Calliope) Nothing runs to Taragoola at the moment.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
We'll have to wait and see if Newcrest finds anything through this exploration agreement...but the sad fact is that no one is going to rebuild 100km of track to Mungana for three wagons a day. It didn't happen when Kagara was producing up to 120,000-tonnes per annum between 2000 and 2011.
Sulla1

The reason being QR was in a holding pattern and could not commit the funds pre float.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
There are two mining operations in that area.

One at Mungana and one at Chillagoe.  There was to be a merger but that is now off.

40,000 tonnes is still a lot of wagons. 800 per year.

Add that amount to other traffic available on the tablelands and you have a nice business.
JoppaJunction
This traffic of 40ktpa is nothing! Its not even alot for large trucking companies. If the mine was alongside a major rail corridor its not even even worth their while to build a loading loop. Its not even a rake load a fortnight for a moderately loaded train. There are some CQ coal mines doing almost half this per day.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE


Almaden to Mungana - mostly intact
Sulla1
I think a bridge or two was burnt down on this route.
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
Westgate to Quilpie is 200kms.

Westgate to Cunnamulla is 174kms.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Closer to Brisbane, don't forget the Beaudesert branch. No longer operating.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Your best best is look at google earth for the ares you will have access to and look for the lines there and this follow up in this group for more recent data.

Some lines are mostly intact but you could drive along and completely miss them as the LX have been removed and the ROW overgrown. BD branch mostly falls into this. In other locations the LX are all that are left.

Qld tends to be pulling up the rails around 5-10 years of closure/last train.

In a few short years I'd say all that will be left in situ will be those operating with a future.

Brisbane Suburban (obviously)
Freight lines in Brisbane to FL, AR and Pinkemba
NCL
Savanlander to Forstyth
Mt Isa
Nth Qld Suggar to Burkin I think.
Central West to Winton
CQ coal only routes including Moura and Newman branches
3 x Cement Australia branches in Gladstone area
Western line to Quilpie only, although I'm sure Quiplie and even to Charlieville are not long for this world
SW to Thallon
Southern to border Wallagara, again how much longer this lasts is also a question
SG to border and beyond

Any missing?
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Hendon - Allora has sleepers rotted in what was probably ballast and rails hanging sleeperless in the air.
  AC4000 Train Controller

Location: Over your shoulder
AFAIK, Moura is no longer connected to the system. Trains go to Moura mine, and then set back along the old branch to the township to load Baralaba coal. They are currently building a balloon loop for Baralaba (Cockatoo) coal. The loop is to be called Cockatoo. The Balloon is roughly 6km along the old Moura branch from MM.

And the Monto branch is red boarded at Graham (Calliope) Nothing runs to Taragoola at the moment.
Expost
Went for a drive yesterday and can confirm nothing is left in Biloela, the track from Earlsfeild to Jambin is in place but is washed out in several places and has trees growing in the middle of it, some a foot in diameter. Jambin to Koonkool is in place with some of the trestle bridges badly damaged. Koonkool to Goovidgen is in place but in a neglected condition.
Moura is cut off at the moment but there is a set of points on the new track at the junction of the Cockatoo Loop, Moura yard is still in pretty good shape.
The line to the Cockatoo Balloon loop is in place and the loader well advanced link below for photos if you are keen.

http://trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/moura-short-line.html
  Lord Viykor Station Master

Went for a drive yesterday and can confirm nothing is left in Biloela, the track from Earlsfeild to Jambin is in place but is washed out in several places and has trees growing in the middle of it, some a foot in diameter. Jambin to Koonkool is in place with some of the trestle bridges badly damaged. Koonkool to Goovidgen is in place but in a neglected condition.
Moura is cut off at the moment but there is a set of points on the new track at the junction of the Cockatoo Loop, Moura yard is still in pretty good shape.
The line to the Cockatoo Balloon loop is in place and the loader well advanced link below for photos if you are keen.

http://trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/moura-short-line.html
AC4000
The existing track from the Cockatoo balloon to Moura is looking to be upgraded with 22t concrete sleepers and the remaining bridges being replaced with concrete box culverts.

I walked Cockatoo balloon yesterday to finalise the track acceptance into Network.

Still some old track around Wowan as well with a few old bridges still intact, Baralaba yard is worth a look. apparently an old local keeps it clean of weeds.

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