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As the name suggests the page covers Aurizon's rail line between the Calliope River and Yarwun which was the former Queensland Rail North Coast Line.
3524 leading its train over the older of the two current bridges over the Calliope River on its way north traveling on the Up Line. The series of photos were all taken on the same day.20/10/2006
3928, 3924 and 3921 located mid train and controlled via the remote control wagon ie "pie cart". A loaded coal train crossing the newer bridge on the up line. It's mid train locos. A lightly loaded container freight heading north. 2831 and 2352 head into Gladstone for more loading after exchanging wagons at Mt Miller Yard and once finished will head back north.
The Rocky bound tilt train crossing the Calliope River. 18/20/2006 A mid train 4000 slowly crossing the Calliope River 18/10/2006
The Southbound Tilt Train running on the down road between Mt Miller and the Calliope River bridge. The location for this photo was once a public crossing to allow land holders access but is now blocked off as it is part of the Wiggins Island complex. The line on the right was the original upgraded right of way when the old bridge was replaced with a concrete one. The line on the left is leads to the newer bridge.
26/3/2006 No I haven't gone all horsey on you, these two photos were a request by the old landowner who's property was brought out by the government for the unloading loop. I had them printed out and gave them to him he was happy with the result. He even gave me a paper $5 note. 2006 Wiggins Island coal dumper looking south to the left is the North Coast Line, below is facing north towards Mt Miller.2020
Mid train loco 3838 "yellow submarine" drawing through the Wiggins Island dump station. 2/4/20
Above and below a 38 class loco approaching the dump station not long after the previous train departed.2/4/20
3753 and 3802 on the front and 3712 in the new yellow livery mid train are almost finished unloading at the Wiggins Island Dump Station.4/5/20
Looking south towards Gladstone as an empty 4000 class coal set heads north. The derailed wagon has been left in place since coming off the rails on May 10th. The line you see in the foreground leads to Mt Miller Goods yard as well as being the southern approach to the Fisherman's Landing Branch. 24/6/06
2205D + 2333 + 2337 ease their way around the southern angle of the Fisherman's Landing Branch after unloading its steaming coal at one of the two plants served by this line. Part of this new branch was actually the former NCL before the Mt Miller deviation was constructed due to the boom in coal traffic.The train will wait at the interlocking for a signalman to arrive and let it onto the Down Main back to Gladstone. 24/06/2006 12:01:05 PM The empty coal train sits in the dip in the track as it waits for the Up Main to clear. Mt Larcom stands as silent witnes in the near distance, the local aboriginal people know the mountain by another name, Byelle. This local name is also used as a location name on the NCL a few kilometers south of Mt Miller for the junction of the NCL and Moura Line.24/06/2006 12:08:49 PM A 2800 class GE loco arrives wrong road from Rockhampton to pick up a load of containers loaded with cement and explosives bound for northern locations.You may notice the end of train maker on the rear coupler.24/06/2006 12:43:19 PM
Another 4000 class coal set runs up the grade as the 2800 class couples onto its wagons and pumps up the air.24/06/2006 1:10:55 PM Once a loaded electric coal train had passed 2843 pulls its train out of the yard and onto the Up main.24/06/2006 1:23:34 PM
A northbound Pacific National Queensland train headed by PN004 powers up the grade as 2843 has nearly drawn its train out onto the main. The loco will detach and proceed about 1500 meters to the dual crossovers at the southern end of the Mt Miller section of the NCL.It will cross over to the Down main to run around its train, waiting at the crossovers on the Up Main is the limestone train from Taragoola waiting for the container train to clear the line so it can access the Fisherman's Landing Branch.24/06/2006 1:25:43 PM After crossing over 2843 runs to the northern end of Mt Miller to change tracks again. 24/06/2006 1:38:21 PM Nearly there and not long after this photo the train departed for Rocky.
2143F + 2144F gently exit the Up Main and proceeds along the Fisherman's Landing Branch. This train used to run from Cement Australia siding on the Monto Line at Taragoola and conveyed limestone to the Cement Australia cement plant at Fisherman's Island.24/06/2006 2:02:09 PM
2849 running over the former Yarwun Bypass that was built for increasing Blackwater coal traffic in the mid to late 1970's. At first it was a single line and was part of the Mt Miller deviation project that eliminated some significant grades and curves. Most trains continued through Yarwun on the old line and you can see the old formation curving around the hill in the background, until Yarwun station was closed in the late 80's.
This article first appeared on trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com
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