Gympie North railway station
Gympie North railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia. It serves the town of Gympie. Gympie North was opened on 4 February 1989 as a replacement for Gympie station, when the latter was bypassed by a new eight kilometre alignment, built as part of the electrification of the North Coast line; the station consists of one platform. Opposite the platform lie two crossing loops, a siding in which an InterCity Express electric multiple unit stables at night. Gympie North is the northern boundary of the TransLink network, it is serviced by two daily City network services towards Brisbane Roma Street. Gympie North is served by long-distance Traveltrain services. A free Citytrain shuttle bus operates between the Gympie town centre. Media related to Gympie North railway station at Wikimedia Commons Gympie North station Queensland Rail Gympie North station Queensland's Railways on the Internet
Bowen Hills railway station
Bowen Hills railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia. It serves the Brisbane suburb of Bowen Hills. North of the station, the Ferny Grove line branches off. There have been three railways stations named Bowen Hills; the first from 1882 to 1889 was near Campbell Street. In 1890, a new station opened at the south end of the Abbotsford Road tunnel. In 1971, to allow for the Mayne marshalling yards to be expanded, Bowen Hill and Mayne Junction stations were closed with a new Bowen Hills station opening in 1973; as part of the quadruplication of the line from Roma Street station, Platforms 3 and 4 opened on 11 June 1996. In October 1904, Archibald Kerr, a 16-year-old boy, fell from a moving train near Bowen Hills station. At the time, the train driver was not aware of the event until he was told about it by the signalman on the train's return journey at Brunswick Street station; the train gate was blamed as the cause of the accident at first, but after the gate was found to be in working order, the cause of the accident wasn't known.
Bowen Hills station is served by Airport, Caboolture, Ferny Grove, Redcliffe Peninsula, Shorncliffe and Sunshine Coast line services. See Inner City timetable It is adjacent to the Mayne Stabling Yards, with many services terminating here. Media related to Bowen Hills railway station at Wikimedia Commons Bowen Hills station Queensland Rail Bowen Hills station Queensland's Railways on the Internet
New Generation Rollingstock
The New Generation Rollingstock is a class of electric multiple units being manufactured by Bombardier Transportation in Savli, India for the Queensland Rail City network. The first units entered service on 11 December 2017, they are Queensland Rail's largest fleet of electric trains. In January 2014, the Queensland Government awarded a contract for 75 six-carriage electric multiple units to the Qtectic consortium of Aberdeen Asset Management, Bombardier Transportation and John Laing under a 32-year public private partnership, they are the first QR electric multiple units not manufactured in Maryborough by either Walkers or Downer Rail. The NGRs are being built in India; the design is new, the trains are fitted with nose cones to resemble the existing Electric Tilt Trains for improved aerodynamic performance as opposed to the exposed Scharfenberg couplers used by the existing fleet. The body style differs using flat steel panels on the sides, while retaining corrugated panels for the rooftop.
The first arrived at the Port of Brisbane in February 2016. The Transperth C-series design is tipped to be based on that of the NGR; the first three entered service on 11 December 2017 on the Gold Coast lines. By the time of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, eight had entered service; because of the NGRs non-compliance with disability legislation, all platforms they serve are required to be staffed. Confined to the Airport and Gold Coast lines, in May 2018 they began operating on the Doomben line, followed by Roma Street to Northgate services in July and Redcliffe and Springfield line services in September. In October 2018, they began operating on the Caboolture lines. In February 2019 they began to operate to Cleveland; the same month, the NGRs became the largest fleet of electric trains in Queensland. The NGRs are maintained at a purpose built depot to the west of Wulkuraka station; the new trains have replaced most Interurban multiple unit services on the Gold Coast line and are replacing the ageing EMU fleet.
The trains increase the size of the fleet by 26%. The NGRs feature high-backed seats, safety straps for bike storage, luggage space underneath the seats unlike the Interurban Multiple Units that have luggage racks, mobility toilet with baby changing table, WiFi and CCTV; each NGR set comprises two driving motor cars at each end, coupled to two trailer cars and two intermediate motor cars in the middle. The six car configuration are as follows: DMA—TA—MA—MB—TB—DMB As they are permanently coupled six-car units, passengers are able to walk the entire length of the train eliminating the need to couple with another unit. Guards travel at the rear as opposed to the middle with the existing fleet, where two three-car units couple to form a six-car unit. Utilising the same traction equipment based on the 345 class Aventra trains as well as being compatible with the European Train Control System, the NGR will be the only train permitted to travel in the Cross River Rail tunnels, they have provisions for automatic train operation, extension of the body to 9 carriages.
A series of faults and design issues were identified on the first units delivered. The Queensland Government refused to accept any more after the first 15 had been delivered until the issues were resolved. After the dimensions of toilet modules on each train were deemed to be in breach of the disability legislation by 12 milimetres, it was announced that only 35 would be fitted with compliant toilets, they were planned to be used only on the Airport, Gold Coast, Ipswich/Rosewood and Sunshine Coast services with the remaining 40 not having toilet facilities and being confined to Brisbane suburban services. It has since been announced that all 75 trains will be refitted with two larger toilet modules in the middle carriages to allow passengers with mobility devices to access the toilets from both accessible carriages and will now be used both on Interurban and Brisbane suburban lines. Work to rectify the non compliant parts of the trains is being performed by Downer Rail's Maryborough facility.
After an exemption application to the Australian Human Rights Commission was rejected, as at March 2018 disability advocates were considering seeking an injunction to have the NGRs removed from service until disability access issues were fixed. NGR units 701 and 702, the first two of the units have been moved to Redbank Railway Workshops and have been stored for at least six months. NGR 701, the first train that arrived in Queensland has made its way to the Maryborough Downer Rail plant on the 29th of January for rectification works; the rectification works consist of: Reconfiguring some seats in the MB car to allow wheelchairs to travel down the length of the car to the toilet. Reconfiguring the toilet module of the MB car to make it larger and Disability compliant.* Completely overhauling the MA car to make it identical to the refined MB car. Adding more priority seats around the train. Small changes to buttons and signs to make them easier to use/read, including the possibility of guard request buttons for wheelchair users.
On 19 October 2017, three carriages of unit 715 were derailed while being shunted out of Wulkuraka depot by a towing truck. The front end of carriage 8715 was extensively damaged, with other carriages suffering minor scrapes. 715 has been stored at Progress Rail Redbank since January 2018 Media related to New Generation Rollingstock at Wikimedia Commons
Ipswich railway station, Queensland
Ipswich railway station is located on the Main line in Queensland, Australia. It serves the urban centre of Ipswich; the first railway station opened in Ipswich in 1865. It was the first railway station built in Queensland, as the first terminus for the 34 kilometre section of the Main line from Grandchester. In 1887, the station was rebuilt. Two pieces of associated historic railway infrastructure are the: Railway Signal Cabin and Turntable which enabled trains to be turned onto different railway lines Bremer River Rail Bridge which connected the station to the North Ipswich Railway WorkshopsThe cabin, rail bridge and railway workshops are all listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. In 1978, a large office and retail complex was built above the station and spanning both sides of Bell Street following the sale of the air rights. On 20 September 1980, the line was electrified from Darra; the last remaining old platform and buildings were demolished in 1985. Ipswich is served by trains to and from Caboolture and Nambour, is the terminus for the Rosewood shuttles.
Some inbound services originate from Rosewood in the morning on-peak, some outbound services continue to Rosewood in the afternoon peak. The Caboolture and Nambour trains outside of peak times stop all stations to Bowen Hills run express from Bowen Hills to Petrie, stopping only at Eagle Junction and Northgate on weekdays. On weekends, the trains run express from Northgate to Petrie. During weekday morning on-peak times, the trains run express from Darra to Milton, stopping only at Indooroopilly; some weekday afternoon services continue past Petrie to Kippa-Ring instead of Caboolture or Nambour, the 3:26pm service on Monday to Thursday runs to Doomben. The 7:09am service on Monday to Thursdays runs to Bowen Hills, with this timeslot on Friday occupied by a Brisbane Airport train. During morning on-peak times, city bound services depart every six minutes at best, during afternoon peak times, terminating services arrive every 12 minutes at best. During off-peak times, services depart at 7-minutes-past and 37-minutes-to the hour, terminating trains arrive at 26-minutes-past and 4-minutes-to the hour.
Weekday morning on-peak express services take 50 minutes to reach Central, 58 minutes to reach Central on an off-peak all-stations service. Ipswich is served by Queensland Rail Travel's twice weekly Westlander service travelling between Brisbane and Charleville; the station has two island platforms. One is only used during peak periods. Westside Bus Company operates nine routes from the Bell Street bus station, directly adjacent to Ipswich station: 500: Riverlink Shopping Centre to Goodna 502: Bundamba to Riverlink Shopping Centre via Blackstone 503: Bundamba to Riverlink Shopping Centre via Eastern Heights 506: Riverlink Shopping Centre to Leichardt & One Mile 509: Yamanto to Riverlink Shopping Centre 512: Brassall to Riverlink Shopping Centre 514: Moores Pocket to Booval 515: Brassall to Yamanto & Willowbank 529: to Toogoolawah via Lowood Media related to Ipswich railway station at Wikimedia Commons Ipswich station Queensland Rail Ipswich station Queensland's Railways on the Internet Ipswich station TransLink travel information
Eagle Junction railway station
Eagle Junction railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia. It is one of two railway stations serving the Brisbane suburb of Clayfield, the other being Clayfield railway station. North of the station, the Pinkenba and Airport lines branch off; the station opened as Eagle Farm Junction, being renamed Eagle Junction in January 1888. The original name reflects that this station was the junction at which the line to Eagle Farm branched off; the station was rebuilt in 1963. In 2011, the station was upgraded. Eagle Junction station is served by Airport, Doomben, Redcliffe Peninsula and Sunshine Coast line services. Media related to Eagle Junction railway station at Wikimedia Commons Eagle Junction station Queensland Rail Eagle Junction station Queensland's Railways on the Internet Eagle Junction station TransLink travel information
Springfield Central railway station
Springfield Central Railway Station is the terminus station of the Springfield Line in Queensland, Australia. It serves other nearby suburbs in the City of Ipswich. Brisbane-bound services depart half-hourly during off-peak times, with most travelling to Kippa-Ring; the station was opened in December 2013. Springfield Central Station was part of the Queensland Government's Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project, aimed at providing effective public transport infrastructure for the fast-growing western region between Brisbane and Ipswich. Works began on the extension to Springfield Central after Richlands Station was completed in early 2011. Springfield Central station was planned to be named Springfield, with the current Springfield station to be named Springfield Lakes. A public open day was held on 1 December 2013 following the completion of the line, with scheduled services commencing at 5:39 am the next morning, on Monday. Springfield Central Station's 12 m wide island platform is elevated above the station concourse and is entirely covered by the roof structure.
The concourse runs the length of the station, is surrounded by glass along large portions of both sides. Toilets and secure bicycle storage facilities are located on the concourse. There are go card gate terminals at both ends of the concourse, with the station office located on the western end. Flights of stairs are located at both ends to reach the platform, as well as escalators and a lift for disability access towards the middle. There are multiple electronic display screens located along the length of the platform and at either end of the concourse to provide customers with information regarding departing services, as well as prominent permanent signage throughout the precinct. Customers with hearing impairment are able to use an audio induction loop through their hearing aids in order to listen directly to station announcements; the station precinct incorporates a platform-length series of bus bays on the northern side and a pick-up/drop-off zone on the southern side. On the southern side of the Centenary Highway is a 100-vehicle car park, with an additional 400 spaces available off Springfield Greenbank Arterial Road, connected to the station concourse by a footbridge.
The 400-space car park was completed in early 2014 following a reassessment of parking availability, as it was determined that 100 spaces would be insufficient to properly service the public. Road and pedestrian access to the station is via two highway underpasses from Southern Cross Circuit. Both underpasses are bordered by painted murals. Springfield Central is served by trains operating to and from Kippa-Ring; these trains stop all stations to Bowen Hills run express to Northgate, stopping at Eagle Junction. Some afternoon services continue past Petrie to Caboolture instead of Kippa-Ring, a few continue further to Nambour. A few weekday morning services run only to Bowen Hills; the 2:09 pm service on Monday to Thursday runs to Doomben, with this time slot on Friday occupied by a Bowen Hills train. All weekend services depart from Platform 1. During morning on-peak times, city bound services depart every six minutes at best, during afternoon peak times, terminating services arrive every 12 minutes at best.
During off-peak times, services depart at 9-minutes-past and 21-minutes-to the hour, terminating trains arrive at 24-minutes-past and 6-minutes-to the hour. Services take 41 minutes to reach Central, 1 hour 36 minutes to reach Kippa-Ring; the Westside Bus Company operates four main routes via Springfield Central station using the name Bus Queensland, plus one additional school service each weekday morning. All buses depart at the western end of the station; the routes are: 522: Orion Springfield Central to Goodna Station 526: Orion Springfield Central to Redbank Station 531: Orion Springfield Central to Yamanto via Ripley 534: Orion Springfield Central to Browns Plains 5240: Old Logan Road to Orion Springfield Central Media related to Springfield Central railway station at Wikimedia Commons Springfield Central station Queensland Rail Springfield Central station TransLink travel information
Queensland Rail City network
The Queensland Rail City network provides urban and inter-urban electric passenger railway services in South East Queensland, Australia. The first railway in Queensland did not run to Brisbane, but ran from Ipswich to Grandchester which opened in July 1865; the line into Brisbane was not completed until the opening of the Albert Bridge in July 1875. A start on electrification of the suburban network was approved in 1950 but a change of state government in 1957 saw the scheme abandoned in 1959, it was not until the 1970s that electrification was again brought up, with contracts let in 1975. The first part of the new electric system from Darra to Ferny Grove opened on 17 November 1979; the network was completed by 1988, with a number of extensions made since and additional rolling stock purchased. Services were operated under the Queensland Rail brand, with the Citytrain name established in 1995. In June 2009 as part the split of Queensland Rail's commuter rail and the freight business, The Citytrain brand was dropped in favour of using the redesigned Queensland Rail brand.
Since most traces of the Citytrain brand have been removed from rolling stock and station signage. The Queensland Rail City network is made up of three interurban lines. Centering in the Brisbane City, it extends as far as Gympie in the north, Varsity Lakes in the south, Rosewood in the west, Cleveland in the east to Moreton Bay. In 2015/16, 52.44 million passenger journeys were made. Services that connect Metropolitan Brisbane to the Brisbane CBD; these are all-stop services with the Caboolture, Cleveland & Ipswich/Rosewood lines having express services during on-peak times. Express services which stop only at major stations linking the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gympie with Brisbane; the trains used on these lines are more designed for long distance travel with more comfortable seating, luggage racks and onboard toilet facilities. To relieve congestion on the single track North Coast line north of Beerburrum, the rail service is supplemented by a bus service operated by Kangaroo Bus Lines on weekdays between Caboolture and Nambour as route 649.
All of the Queensland Rail City Network rolling stock is electric, air conditioned, are no older than 40 years: Electric Multiple Unit - 69 in service Suburban Multiple Unit 200 Series - 11 in service 220 Series - 30 in service 260 Series - 36 in service Interurban Multiple Unit 100 Series - 9 in service 120 Series - 4 in service 160 Series - 28 in service InterCity Express - 8 two car units plus 4 trailers in service New Generation Rollingstock 700 Series - 33 in service All trains are electric multiple units with a driver cabin at both ends, with the exception of EM60 through to EM79 having a cab at one end. These units have only 3 powered bogies compared to the 4 powered bogie arrangement for the remaining EMUs. All EMU, SMU and IMU units consist of 3 cars, giving a fleet total of 621 cars, plus the 20 ICE cars; the ICE units are configured as four, five or six car trains. Suburban trains are scheduled on interurban lines if other toilet equipped rollingstock is not available. While using suburban trains on interurban lines increases operational flexibility, the trains are not provided with the facilities of the IMU, ICE or NGR units, such as toilets or high-backed seats.
The 260 Series SMU, 160 Series IMU and the NGR all come with free Wi-Fi on board. It is planned for Wi-Fi internet access to be installed in older units; the Wi-Fi usage is limited to 20MB.75 new six-car New Generation Rollingstock trains were ordered in January 2014 for delivery between late 2015 and late 2018. A new maintenance facility for these trains was built at Wulkuraka; the first NGR entered service on December 11, 2017. Commuter rail in Australia TransLink Official website TransLink