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Beenleigh railway line

The Beenleigh railway line is a suburban railway line extending 40.1 km (24.9 mi) east-southeast from Brisbane Central railway station, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the Queensland Rail City network.

Beenleigh line
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Overview
TypeCommuter Rail
StatusOpen
TerminiPark Road
Beenleigh
Stations22
Services8
Websitequeenslandrail.com.au
Operation
OwnerQueensland Rail
Operator(s)Queensland Rail
Technical
Line length41.595 km (25.846 mi)
Track length41.595 km (25.846 mi)
Number of tracksTriple to Kuraby, double to Beenleigh.
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed0 km/h (0 mph)
Route numberBDVL; BNBD; BRBN; BRVL; DBBN; FGBN; VLBR; VLDB
Beenleigh railway line
km
2.7
Bowen Hills
1.3
Fortitude Valley
0.0
Central
0.8
Roma Street
Ipswich and Rosewood line
and Springfield line
2.6
South Brisbane
3.5
South Bank
4.3
Gloucester Street
5.1
Park Road
QR Services Depot
5.9
Dutton Park
Fairfield
(original)
7.1
Fairfield
8.5
Yeronga
9.3
Yeerongpilly
Zone
1
2
Tennyson Line
(to Ipswich line)
10.6
Moorooka
Clapham
(freight depot)
11.6
Rocklea
Pradella Sidings
(standard gauge)
Brisbane Blue Metal Co branch
13.0
Salisbury
Interstate line to Sydney
freight line to Brisbane MUT
15.2
Coopers Plains
16.7
Banoon
17.6
Sunnybank
18.6
Altandi
19.8
Runcorn
20.0
Tarragun
21.2
Fruitgrove
22.5
Kuraby
25.8
Trinder Park
26.8
Woodridge
29.5
Kingston
Zone
2
3
32.2
Loganlea
35.2
Bethania
36.9
Edens Landing
39.1
Holmview
39.2
Holm's Halt
39.6
Beenleigh (original)
40.1
Beenleigh
Zone
3
4
South Coast line (1889-1964)
Gold Coast line (1996-present)

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Beenleigh railway line opened in 1885[1] being the first section of the South Coast line which was opened beyond Beenleigh to Southport in 1889.

The original city terminus of the line was Stanley St South Brisbane, until a dual track line was constructed from Dutton Park to South Brisbane opposite the Victoria Bridge opening in 1891.[2]

The railway originally followed Fairfield Road between Dutton Park and Yeronga. Following the 1893 Brisbane flood, the Fairfield Deviation realigned the route above the flood level onto the current alignment.[3] The line from Dutton Park to Yeerongpilly was duplicated at the same time.

The standard gauge line from Sydney, NSW which opened in 1930 was built parallel to the line from Salisbury to South Brisbane.

The section from Yeerongpilly to Kuraby was duplicated between 1950-52.[4]

With increasing popularity of the motor car, the South Coast line was closed beyond Beenleigh in 1964.

The opening of the Merivale Bridge in 1978 connected the Beenleigh (and Cleveland) line to the Brisbane CBD, and the line was electrified in 1982. The Merivale Bridge was converted to dual gauge in 1986 and standard gauge passenger trains now terminate at Roma St.

The Gold Coast line was progressively rebuilt on a new alignment south of Beenleigh from 1996. The section from Kuraby to Beenleigh was duplicated in association with the re-establishment of the Gold Coast line in 1995. The standard gauge line was converted to dual gauge and electrified at the same time, and the third line was extended from Salisbury to Kuraby in 2008.

Line guide and servicesEdit

Most services stop at all stations to Roma Street railway station. The typical travel time between Beenleigh and Brisbane City is approximately 59 minutes (to Central). During weekday peak times, a few services may skip stations between Altandi and Park Road for faster travel times for commuters working in the Brisbane central business district.

Beenleigh line services typically continue as Ferny Grove line services.

Passengers for/from the Gold Coast line change at either South Bank, Altandi, Loganlea or Beenleigh; Cleveland line change at Park Road; Ipswich and Rosewood lines at Roma Street; and all other lines at Central.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brisbane Suburb: Mount Gravatt - History of Mount Gravatt". ourbrisbane.com. 2000. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  2. ^ Armstrong, J. & Kerr, J. 'Destination South Brisbane' ARHS 1978
  3. ^ "THE FAIRFIELD DEVIATION". The Brisbane Courier. 7 August 1895.
  4. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990

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