QUEENSLAND 3ft 6in NETWORK (1980's).

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Re: QUEENSLAND 3ft 6in NETWORK (1980's).

Postby Bigglesof266 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:41 am

Great pics Duke. Really brought back some memories. :)

Ridden in both that 80's DMU and 60's DMU/Railcar in my time, and shunter excepted, behind the other two diesel types, not necessarily those particular unit numbers. In the 1960s, the silver DMU used to operate low capacity weekend services on the suburban lines. The impression I remember most saliently about each is their distinctive sound profile. Shorncliffe was the terminus of my local line for a while. I used it, but more frequently Sandgate and Deagon respectively one and two stops up the line. Shorncliffe was still a very quiet suburb in the early 1980s. Explosive expansion through 'southern flight' immigration came to Brisbane mid-late 1980s.

The 3'6" gauge sucks. I now live coastal 300km+ north of BNE, and much of the way is still single line op and speed restricted. Frustrating as it is disgraceful on a Hitachi tilt train capable of cruising at twice the speed its actually travelling much of the way through infrastructure limitation or restriction reasons. :roll:

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Re: QUEENSLAND 3ft 6in NETWORK (1980's).

Postby SRman » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:23 am

Some nice photos and memories there, Duke.

I have some QR photos to add here too, if no one objects. Most were taken in the 1980s, and are scanned in from film prints (all are my own). The old camera was playing up towards the end, so some are a bit ropey, but can never be repeated, so I submit them here anyway. I lived and worked in Rockhampton then Brisbane for many years (including meeting and marrying my wife, a Brisbane girl during that time).

These are not in any special order.

The 'Dead Line' at the back of Redbank Workshops.

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QR Redbank Workshops Dead Line cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


1300 and 1270 class diesels, with a couple of the ubiquitous 1720 class, aa 1550 and a 1600 class as well, in Rockhampton. The English Electric locos were largely used on Central Queensland coal trains before the electrification of those lines, but did find their way onto Brisbane suburban duties as well.

ImageQR 1300 and 1270 classes - 1 mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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QR 1300, 1720, 2100 line up mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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QR 1600 and 1550 classes plus mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


1270 class 1281, Century, at Shorncliffe, having shunted its train back ready to enter the platform and run around the train.

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QR 1281 Century on suburban at Shorncliffe mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


2100 class, location uncertain.

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QR 2100 mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


After electrification: the Blackwater line with electric tri-Bo locos leading and in the middle with Locotrol unit.

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QR Central Qld Electric Coal Train 1991 - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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QR Central Qld Electric Coal Train 1991 - 2 cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


1450 class diesel electric on an ARHS excursion, having been pulled off a freight train to take over from BB18-1/4 which failed at Petrie.

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QR 1450 relief on excursion at Petrie cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


Another ARHS excursion, with C17 2-8-0 in charge. I always liked this locomotive.

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QR C17 Brown Bomber Excursion 1 cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


1502 class at Ferny Grove, running round its train.

ImageQR 1502 at Ferny Grove mod by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


2100 class and a 1900 railmotor.

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QR loco variety cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



Roma Street with suburban EMU.

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Roma Street 1980s by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


Auchenflower with suburban EMUs.

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Auchenflower - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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Auchenflower - 2 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


A young me in Queensland Summer 'uniform', with suburban single-ended EMU.

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EM80 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


When 4472 Flying Scotsman ran a special from Brisbane to Casino and back, with 3801 assisting. This was on the return into Brisbane, with a suburban EMU parallelling us.

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EMU Paralleling Flying Scotsman at Yeerongpilly 1989 - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


EMUs in Mayne sheds.

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EMUs at Mayne - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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EMUs at Mayne - 2 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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EMUs at Mayne - 3 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


InterCity EMU at Roma Street.

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IMU 151 at Roma Street 1980s by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


EMU 21 on Merivale Bridge.

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Merivale Bridge 1980s EM21 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


Petrie station with EMUs set up ready for the first official electric suburban timetable from there. Note the 205X DMU in the siding as well.

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Petrie Suburbans - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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Petrie Suburbans - 2 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



Apologies for the poor quality of some of these photos.

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Re: QUEENSLAND 3ft 6in NETWORK (1980's).

Postby Bigglesof266 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:45 am

Good stuff. Quality is fine. Recognise most of those locations and many of the locos. Is that the Wesley Hospital, or Castlemaine Perkins brewery fromt he other direction In the background of the EMU at Auchenflower 2. A particularly good shot regardless, although Auchenflower station has changed a little.


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