Texas railway line

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Texas railway line
55km Texas
43km Mundoey
28km Magee
0km South Western line from Inglewood
RM 1901 waits under looming skies at Texas station, Queensland, ~1991

The Texas railway line is a disused branch railway in the south of the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia, and was the last traditional branch line railway constructed in Queensland.[1]

The McDougall brothers settled land in the Texas region in about 1840. They later had to prove their claim to the property after another settler moved in during their absence. At the time, the United States republic of Texas was in the midst of a land war with neighbouring Mexico and thus they called their property Texas station. Deposits of silver, lead and copper were mined at Silver Spur about 12 kilometres east of Texas. Tobacco was grown in the Texas region along with a busy trade in rabbit meat and skins.

Between October 1910 and March 1912, a road train serviced the area between Inglewood (a railhead on the South Western line), Texas and Silver Spur. In 1914, following an inefficient and unreliable service, a branch line was approved linking the three centres. Construction did not begin until February 1929 and the 55-kilometre section between Inglewood and Texas opened on 3 November 1930. Two small sidings appeared en route at Magee and Mundoey

Grain, tobacco, dairy products and livestock were its main cargo but the line faced stiff competition with motor transport in the ascendancy. Closure of the Silver Spur mine sounded the death knell of an extension beyond Texas. Two trains a week connected with services at Inglewood. Although special trains ran during busy times, branch traffic was always sparse. Short branch lines ran from Texas station to livestock pens and past the Texas Freezing Works where rabbits were processed.

By 1963, passenger services had disappeared from the timetable.[2] Regular services were withdrawn in 1985 and services were replaced by motor truck. The line closed on 1 January 1994 and is retained by Queensland Rail as a non-operational corridor. The track was left in place but other facilities were removed.[3]

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  1. ^ Kerr, J. 'Triumph of Narrow Gauge' Boolarong Publications 1990
  2. ^ Southern Downs Steam Railway (2008). "Historical information: (Warwick) - Inglewood - Texas". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ QR Limited (Network Access division) (September 2005). "South Western System: Information Pack (Issue 2)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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