Ferny Grove railway line, Brisbane


Ferny Grove railway line, Brisbane

SEQ Transit Lines
line_type = rail
from = Brisbane central business district
to = Ferny Grove

name = Ferny Grove Line



transport_mode = Commuter rail line
line_owner = QR Limited
map_colour = Red
line_length = 16.1
stations_number= 15
operator_names = Citytrain
fleet_names = EMU and SMU 200/220 series

The Ferny Grove railway line is an suburban railway line extending 12.1 km (7.5 mi) northwest from Brisbane (16.1 km from Central station by rail), the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the QR Citytrain network.

History

A branch line was opened from a junction at Mayne (Bowen Hills) to Enoggera in 1899 and to Ferny Grove in 1918. The area 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. [cite web | author = BRISbites | title = Brisbane Suburb: Ferny Grove - History of Ferny Grove | publisher = ourbrisbane.com | date = 2000 | url = http://www.ourbrisbane.com/living/suburbs/ferny_grove/history/ | accessdate = 2007-12-10 ] The line reached Dayboro, via Samford, on 27 September 1920. [cite web | coauthors = Peter Burden and Graham Bailey | title = History and Working of the Dayboro Branch | work = Camp Mountain Disaster - Labour Day 1947 | publisher = QRIG.org | date = 24 February 2007 | url = http://www.qrig.org/lineside-histories/dayboro-branch/camp-mountain-disaster-labour-day-1947/page-2 | accessdate = 2007-12-10 ]

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.

As part of a larger rationalisation by the Government of Queensland of its train lines, the line was closed from Dayboro back to Ferny Grove in 1955 due to declining traffic.

Current upgrades

Work is currently underway to duplicate the track between Mitchelton and Keperra, and also to upgrade the intervening stations, Oxford Park and Grovely, to two platforms. This upgrade will allow additional services to operate on the line during peak hour, and will also remove waiting times outbound from Mitchelton and inbound from Keperra.

Line guide and services

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, a few services may skip stations between Enogerra and Bowen Hills 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/from the Airport, Caboolture, Doomben, Nambour and Gympie North and Shorncliffe lines change at Bowen Hills, and all other lines at Central.

References

External links

* [http://www.citytrain.com.au Citytrain]
* [http://www.transinfo.com.au TransInfo]


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