Bunour railway station

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Bunour
Bunour-railway-station-brisbane.JPG
Location Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm
Coordinates 27°25′41″S 153°05′55″E / 27.4281°S 153.0986°E / -27.4281; 153.0986Coordinates: 27°25′41″S 153°05′55″E / 27.4281°S 153.0986°E / -27.4281; 153.0986
Owned by Queensland Rail
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Connections Bus
Other information
Fare zone 2
History
Opened 1949
Closed 27 September 1993 (1993-09-27)
Services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Roma Street
Pinkenba Line
toward Pinkenba

Bunour railway station is an abandoned railway station on the Pinkenba railway line, just 8.1 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the Brisbane central business district; 12.4 kilometres (7.7 mi) from Central station by rail. It opened in 1949[1] and closed on 27 September 1993.

The name is derived from the aboriginal name for the black and white Australian white ibis bird.[1]

History[edit]

The line to Pinkenba opened on 3 September 1882, and Bunour railway station opened in 1949 for workers in the growing industrial area.[1]

A large army camp defense storage and warehouse facility, used during World War II (1939 to 1945), is located beside the site of Bunour railway station and remains today as the Damascus Barracks.[2]

In 1988 the Pinkenba line was electrified, however only as far as the prior Eagle Farm station; infrequent passenger services consisting of stainless steel carriages hauled by diesel locomotives operated through Bunour. On 27 September 1993, all passenger services on the line were suspended as part of a rationalisation of the state rail network with the suspending or closing of unprofitable and under-utilised rail lines by the Goss Labor Party state government.

Current status[edit]

The original low-level platform is all that remains of Bunour railway station today.[when?]

Replacement bus service[edit]

The bus stop for the replacement TransLink bus service (303) is immediately beside Bunour station in Kingsford Smith Drive.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited. 
  2. ^ Dunn, Peter (9 June 2003). "Army Camp at Meeandah, Brisbane during WW2". Retrieved 25 November 2007.