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The Shorncliffe railway line is an 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) suburban railway line situated north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the Queensland Rail City network.

Shorncliffe line
Shorncliffe Railway Station, Queensland, June 2012.JPG
Line length11 km (6.8 mi)
Number of tracksQuadruple to Northgate, double to Sandgate, single track to Shorncliffe.
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Route map
Line route
A Sandgate bound train arrives at Nundah station ~1910
Train crossing Palm Avenue, Shorncliffe ~1925



The Sandgate Railway, opened in 1882, was the first truly suburban railway in Brisbane, built to provide convenient access to the seaside for the city's residents.[1] The terminus was originally named Sandgate and was renamed Shorncliffe in 1938.[2][3] The current Sandgate station was originally named Sandgate Central. The line allowed Brisbane residents to travel to Moreton Bay's shoreline at Shorncliffe.[4]

Duplication was completed by December 1901.[5]

Trains to Sandgate originally travelled via what is now the Exhibition line prior to the opening of the tunnel between Central and Brunswick Street in 1890.[6]

Line guide and servicesEdit

Most services to and/from Shorncliffe continue onto the Cleveland line. The typical travel time between Shorncliffe and Brisbane City is approximately 33 minutes (to Central).

Passengers for/from the Caboolture and Nambour and Gympie North lines change at Northgate, Airport and Doomben lines at Eagle Junction, Ferny Grove line at Bowen Hills, and all other lines at Central.

Shorncliffe 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
(2nd site)
2.7 km Bowen Hills
3.0km Mayne Junction
4.5 km Albion
5.3 km Lutwyche
5.6 km Wooloowin
6.1 km Thorroldtown
6.5 km Eagle Junction
7.8 km Toombul
8.7 km Nundah
9.9 km Northgate
11.4 km Bindha
12.1 km Banyo
13.1 km Nudgee
Nudgee Creek
16.0 km Boondall
17.2 km North Boondall
Cabbage Tree Creek
18.4 km Deagon
19.4 km Sandgate


  1. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
  2. ^ "OPENING OF THE SANDGATE RAILWAY". The Brisbane Courier. 11 May 1882. p. 3. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ "SANDGATE STATION RENAMED". The Courier-Mail. 21 October 1938. p. 3. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  4. ^ Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited.
  5. ^ "Sandgate Duplication". The Brisbane Courier. Qld. 3 December 1901. p. 2. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ Kerr, J. 'Brunswick St, Bowen Hills & Beyond' ARHS 1988

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