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The Ferny Grove railway line is a 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) suburban railway line in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the Queensland Rail City network.

Ferny Grove line
TypeCommuter Rail
TerminiBowen Hills, Queensland, Australia
Ferny Grove, Queensland, Australia
OwnerQueensland Rail
Operator(s)Queensland Rail
Line length13.535 km (8.410 mi)
Track length13.535 km (8.410 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Route numberBNFG; BRFG; FGBN; FGBR



Cutting of the ribbon at the opening of the railway to Samford, 1919
Ad for the opening of the line to Dayboro, 1920
Train passing through the level crossing in Wardell Street, Enoggera ~1950

A branch line was opened from a junction at Mayne railway station (Bowen Hills) to Enoggera railway station in February 1899 to serve the new cattle sales yards at Newmarket.[1] The line was extended to Samford in 1918, and to Dayboro, the terminus in 1920.[2] The additional traffic on the line led to its duplication to Newmarket in 1921. The sales yards were moved to Cannon Hill in 1931.

On 5 May 1947, a packed excursion train derailed at Camp Mountain, after Ferny Grove railway station, in what is Queensland's worst rail tragedy, the Camp Mountain train disaster.

The line was duplicated to Mitchelton in 1953, and the first automatic level crossing boom gates in Queensland were installed at Wilston Road, Newmarket in 1954.[3]

The line was closed beyond Ferny Grove in 1955 after the freight traffic was lost to road transport. Ferny Grove was initially known as Ferny Flats, but the railway department changed the name of the railway station because of a Ferny Flats in New South Wales; the surrounding area followed suit.[4]

Recent upgradesEdit

Between 2008-12 the remaining single track section between Mitchelton and Ferny Grove was duplicated, including an upgraded Ferny Grove station, an additional 1000 car parking spaces and construction of a new bus interchange.

Line guide, frequency and servicesEdit

Ferny Grove railway line
showing distance from Central and ticket zone
0.8 km Roma Street
0.0 km Central
1.3 km Fortitude Valley
2.4 km Bowen Hills
(original site)
2.7 km Bowen Hills
3.0 km
4.5 km
5.5 km
6.5 km
8.0 km
8.9 km
9.6 km
Gaythorne (1/2)
10.9 km
12.0 km
12.7 km
13.5 km
16.1 km FERNY GROVE (2)
Camp Mountain (closed)
Samford (closed)
Yugar (closed)
Closeburn (closed)
Mount Samson (closed)
Samsonvale (closed)
Kobble (closed)
Dayboro (closed)

Typical service frequency on the Ferny Grove Line is four trains per hour (every 15 minutes) on weekdays and two trains per hour (every 30 minutes) at night and on weekends, increasing to 8 trains per hour (every 7.5 minutes) during weekday peak times for faster travel times for commuters working in the Brisbane central business district. Most services stop at all stations to Roma Street railway station. The typical travel time between Ferny Grove and Brisbane City is approximately 27 minutes (to Central).

Ferny Grove line services typically continue as Beenleigh line services.

Passengers for and from the Airport, Caboolture, Doomben, Nambour and Gympie North and Shorncliffe lines change at Bowen Hills, and all other lines at Roma Street.


  1. ^ "The Enoggera Railway". The Brisbane Courier. 6 February 1899. p. 4. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
  3. ^ Kerr, J. 'Brunswick St, Bowen Hills & Beyond' ARHS 1988
  4. ^ BRISbites (2000). "Brisbane Suburb: Ferny Grove - History of Ferny Grove". Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10.

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