Pinkenba railway station

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Pinkenba
Pinkenba-railway-station-brisbane.JPG
Location Eagle Farm Road, Pinkenba
Coordinates 27°25′36″S 153°06′59″E / 27.4268°S 153.1163°E / -27.4268; 153.1163Coordinates: 27°25′36″S 153°06′59″E / 27.4268°S 153.1163°E / -27.4268; 153.1163
Owned by Queensland Rail
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Connections Bus
Other information
Fare zone 2
History
Closed 27 September 1993 (1993-09-27)
Services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Roma Street
Pinkenba Line Terminus

Pinkenba railway station was originally the terminus station of the Pinkenba Line, just 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) (6 mi) from the Brisbane central business district; 14.1 kilometres (8.8 mi) from Central station by rail. It opened in 1882 and closed in 1993.

History[edit]

The station c.1935
Pinkenba station in 2007

The Pinkenba line opened on 3 September 1882, and during World War I (1914 to 1918) and World War II (1939 to 1945), troop camps were located in Pinkenba and Meeandah localities because of deep berthing available to ships at Pinkenba on the mouth of the Brisbane River. Passenger ships of the Orient Steam Navigation Company, later P&O, used the adjacent Pinkenba Wharf, and special trains ran from Brisbane to Pinkenba.[1]

On 29 August 1906, a contract was let for refreshment rooms to be constructed at Pinkenba station, at a cost of £318. These operated until the new Pinkenba station – still standing today – opened in 1969.[1]

In 1988 part of the line was electrified, but only as far as Eagle Farm station; diesel-hauled carriages infrequently operated passenger services to Pinkenba. On 27 September 1993, all passenger services on the line were suspended by the Goss Labor Party government as part of a statewide rationalisation of the rail network with the closing or suspending of under-utilised or unprofitable rail lines.

Current status[edit]

In the mid-2000s, the Pinkenba railway station area became a rubbish recycling site, with large amounts of dirt dumped over the terminus siding that housed Pinkenba station. The 1969 station building remains, although badly damaged and used as a dumping ground, and the track that connected the station to the Pinkenba Line has been removed. QR still owns the land.[2]

Replacement bus service[edit]

The bus stop for the replacement TransLink bus service (303) is immediately outside Pinkenba station in Eagle Farm Road.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited. 
  2. ^ Nicholls, Tim (15 March 2007). "Record of Proceedings" (PDF). Hansard. Brisbane: Queensland Government. First Session of the Fifty-Second Parliament: 1155. ISSN 1322-0330. Retrieved 24 November 2007.