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The Doomben railway line refers to the section of the Pinkenba railway line that has a regular passenger service. Doomben is the local Aboriginal name for Pinkenba.[1] The line branches from the North Coast line at Eagle Junction, extending 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to Pinkenba, situated east-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the Queensland Rail City network.

Doomben line
Line length0 km (0 mi)
Track length8 km (5.0 mi)
Number of tracksQuadruple to Eagle Junction, remainder single track.
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed60 km/h (37 mph)
Ginnery at Whinstanes, Brisbane ~1922



The initial 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) section of the line opened on 3 September 1882 to Ascot (then named Racecourse) to serve the Eagle Farm racecourse, though nearby residents successfully lobbied for a regular passenger service.[2] The line was extended 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi) to Pinkenba railway station in 1897, mainly to serve an industrial area, including wharves on the north side of the Brisbane River. The passenger service was timed to coincide with the starting and finishing times of the workers.

During World War I and World War II, with deep berthing available to ships at Pinkenba on the mouth of the Brisbane River, troops camped in the Pinkenba and Meeandah localities. Passenger ships used the Pinkenba wharf, and special trains ran from Brisbane to Pinkenba.[3]

Earthworks were undertaken to duplicate the line in the 1950s, including regrading the line which eliminated the Sandgate Rd level crossing, but the program was abandoned before the second track was laid.

The line was electrified in 1988, but only to Eagle Farm, the next station after current suburban terminus Doomben; only diesel-hauled services could travel the full length of the line, and those were infrequent. All passenger services on the line were suspended in September 1993 as part of a statewide rationalisation of the rail network with the closing or suspending of under-utilised or unprofitable rail lines. Only a few special services were run on the line on days of major race events at adjoining race tracks.

Electric passenger services resumed on 27 January 1998, but only as far as Doomben,[4] with bus connections to the stations beyond Doomben.

The Doomben to Pinkenba section is used only for freight and occasional special trains, such as heritage services described below.

Heritage servicesEdit

QR occasionally run special steam trains on the entire Pinkenba line as part of their semi-regular "Steam Train Sunday" excursion service.[5] This is the only way to travel on the full length of the line.

Line guide and servicesEdit

All services stop at all stations to Roma Street railway station. The typical travel time between Doomben and Brisbane City is approximately 18 minutes (to Central).

Doomben line services typically terminate at Roma Street or Park Road, and sometimes at Kuraby in peak times as it is the only line that is not paired with another line. No rail services operate on Sundays or public holidays.

Passengers for/from the Airport, Caboolture, Nambour and Gympie North and Shorncliffe lines change at Eagle Junction, Ferny Grove at Bowen Hills, and all other lines at Roma Street.

Doomben-Pinkenba railway line
showing distance from Central and ticket zone
0.8 km Roma Street
See Roma Street railway station
0.0 km CENTRAL
1.3 km Fortitude Valley
2.4 km Bowen Hills
(original site)
2.7 km Bowen Hills
3.0km Mayne Junction
Breakfast Creek
4.5 km Albion
5.6 km Wooloowin
6.5 km Eagle Junction
7.4 km Clayfield
8.0 km Hendra
8.9 km Ascot
9.3 km (original site)
9.9 km DOOMBEN
10.0 km
Gateway Motorway Deviation
12.4 km
13.4 km
Eagle Farm Road
14.1 km
Pinkenba balloon loop
Incitec Wharf
Shell Terminal
Boral Gas siding
BP Oil Refinery


  1. ^ Kerr, J. 'Brunswick St, Bowen Hills & Beyond' ARHS 1988
  2. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
  3. ^ Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited.
  4. ^ "Doomben Rail Service Resume January 27" (Press release). Queensland Government. 21 January 1998. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Citytrain - Events - Steam Train Sunday". Events. QR Limited. Retrieved 22 November 2007.

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