Ferny Grove railway line
|Ferny Grove line|
|Termini||Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia
Ferny Grove, Queensland, Australia
|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|
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. The line was extended to Samford in 1918, and to Dayboro, the terminus in 1920. The additional traffic on the line led to its duplication to Newmarket in 1921. The sales yards were moved to Cannon Hill in 1931.
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.
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.
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
|Ferny Grove railway line|
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.
- "The Enoggera Railway". The Brisbane Courier. 6 February 1899. p. 4. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
- Kerr, J. 'Brunswick St, Bowen Hills & Beyond' ARHS 1988
- BRISbites (2000). "Brisbane Suburb: Ferny Grove - History of Ferny Grove". ourbrisbane.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10.