Ferny Grove railway line

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Ferny Grove line
Type Commuter Rail
Status Open
Termini Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia
Ferny Grove, Queensland, Australia
Stations 11
Services 1
Website queenslandrail.com.au
Opened 1899
Owner Queensland Rail
Operator(s) Queensland Rail
Line length 13.535 km (8.410 mi)
Track length 13.535 km (8.410 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route number BNFG; BRFG; FGBN; FGBR

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.


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 (Bowen Hills) to Enoggera 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 upgrades[edit]

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 and services[edit]

Ferny Grove railway line
Beenleigh, Gold Coast and Cleveland lines
Ipswich and Springfield lines
0.8 km Roma Street(1)
0.0 km Central(1)
1.3 km Fortitude Valley(1)
Bulimba Branch (closed)
2.4 km Bowen Hills(original site)
2.7 km Bowen Hills(1)
Exhibition line
3.0 km Mayne Junction (closed)
Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Shorncliffe, Doomben, Airport lines
4.5 km Windsor (1)
5.5 km Wilston (1)
6.5 km Newmarket (1)
8.0 km Alderley (1)
8.9 km Enoggera (1)
9.6 km Gaythorne (1/2)
10.9 km Mitchelton (2)
12.0 km Oxford Park (2)
12.7 km Grovely (2)
13.5 km Keperra (2)
16.1 km Ferny Grove (2)
Camp Mountain (closed)
Samford (closed)
Yugar (closed)
Closeburn (closed)
Mount Samson (closed)
Samsonvale (closed)
Kobble (closed)
Armstrong Creek (closed)
DAYBORO (closed)

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). During weekday peak times, trains run every 6 minutes for faster travel times for commuters working in the Brisbane central business district.

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 Central.


  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". ourbrisbane.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 

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