Shorncliffe railway line

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Shorncliffe line
Line length 11 km (6.8 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Operating speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
A Sandgate bound train arrives at Nundah station ~1910
Train crossing Palm Avenue, Shorncliffe ~1925

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 QR Citytrain network.


For more details on this topic, see Rail transport in Queensland.

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 services[edit]

Most services stop at all stations to Roma Street railway station. The typical travel time between Shorncliffe and Brisbane City is approximately 33 minutes (to Central). During weekday peak times, a few services may skip stations between Northgate and Bowen Hills, except Eagle Junction, for faster travel times for commuters working in the Brisbane central business district.

Most services to and/from Shorncliffe continue onto the Cleveland line.

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, ticket zone, and connecting or nearby bus services
Beenleigh, Cleveland, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Rosewood, Tennyson lines
Exhibition line
0.8 km Roma Street(1) See Roma Street railway station
0.0 km CENTRAL(1) See Adelaide Street Bus Mall
1.3 km Fortitude Valley(1) See Fortitude Valley railway station
Bulimba Branch (closed)
2.4 km Bowen Hills (original site)
Exhibition line
2.7 km Bowen Hills(1) 301, 310, 315, 320, 393
Inner City Bypass
3.0km Mayne Junction (closed)
Ferny Grove line
Breakfast Creek
4.5 km Albion(2) 306, 310, 315, 322
5.6 km Wooloowin(2)
6.5 km Eagle Junction(2) 303, 304, 320, 321
Doomben line
Airport line
Schulz Canal
7.8 km Toombul(2) See Toombul Bus Station
8.7 km Nundah(2) 310, 315, 326, 598, 599
9.9 km Northgate(2/3) 306, 307
Caboolture, Nambour and Gympie North lines
11.4 km Bindha(3)
12.1 km Banyo(3) 306
13.1 km Nudgee(3)
Nudgee Creek
16.0 km Boondall(3/4) 325, 328
17.2 km North Boondall(4) 310, 315, 326
Gateway Motorway
Cabbage Tree Creek
18.4 km Deagon(4) 314
19.4 km Sandgate(4) 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 326, 690, 695
20.7 km SHORNCLIFFE(4) 313, 314


  1. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
  2. ^ "OPENING OF THE SANDGATE RAILWAY.". The Brisbane Courier. 1882-05-11. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  3. ^ "SANDGATE STATION RENAMED". The Courier-Mail. 1938-10-21. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  4. ^ Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited. 
  5. ^ "Sandgate Duplication.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.). 1901-12-03. p. 2. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  6. ^ Kerr, J. 'Brunswick St, Bowen Hills & Beyond' ARHS 1988

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