Beenleigh railway line
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|Track length||40.1 km (24.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
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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 QR Citytrain network.
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. The line from Dutton Park to Yeerongpilly was duplicated at the same time.
The section from Yeerongpilly to Kuraby was duplicated between 1950-52.
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 services
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, Coopers Plains, Loganlea or Beenleigh; Cleveland line change at Park Road; Ipswich and Rosewood lines at Roma Street; and all other lines at Central.
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- Armstrong, J. & Kerr, J. 'Destination South Brisbane' ARHS 1978
- "THE FAIRFIELD DEVIATION". The Brisbane Courier. 7 August 1895.
- Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
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