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The 2008 Easter Tour of the QR Interurban Network

Just show the Go card on request!

Map of network click here!

Day 1

Friday 21 Mar 2008


Actual / timetable times

Oxley to Roma St

Leave Oxley 0841 / 0839  6 car EMU  352



Photograph R Dow 21 Mar 2008

Arrive Roma St 0903 / 0904  Platform 7

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Roma St to Ferny Grove

Leave Roma St 0921 /0916 3 car EMU 331  Platform 6



Photograph R Dow 21 Mar 2008

Arrive Ferny Grove 0951 / 0950  Transit Officers checked tickets/cards enroute.
Noticed one SMU x 3 car doing  driver training enroute

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Ferny Grove to Bowen Hills



Photograph R Dow 21 Mar 2008


Leave Ferny Grove 1003 / 1003 3 car EMU 131  Transit Officer checked tickets/cards enroute

Arrive Bowen Hills 1025 / 1025

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Bowen Hills to Shorncliffe

Bowen Hills 1033 / 1029 3 car EMU 151 Transit officers checked tickets/cards enroute

Arrive Shorncliffe 1101 / 1057

Lunch, walked down to the pier, people everywhere!
Glad to get back to the station.

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Shorncliffe to Brunswick St

Shorncliffe 1213 / 1213  3 car SMU 5240



Photograph R Dow 21 Mar 2008


Arrive Brunswick St 1243 / 1243

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Brunswick St to Cleveland

Leave Brunswick St 1245 / 1245 3 car SMU 5223

Arrive Cleveland 1348 / 1347

(Passed Up coalie around Hemmant )

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Cleveland to Roma St

Leave Cleveland 1407 / 1407 3 car SMU 5223



Photograph R Dow 21 Mar 2008

Arrive Roma St 1502 / 1501 platform 6

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Roma St to Oxley

Leave Roma St 1516 / 1511 6 car EMU 173  Platform 5

Arrive Oxley 1536 / 1532

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 02:30:02 PM »
Day 2 

Saturday 22 March 2008


Actual / Scheduled

Oxley to Central 6 car EMU 352

Leave Oxley 0839 / 0839  arrive Central 0906 / 0906

Noted Diesel tilt train in platform 10 Roma St on way through Roma St

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Central to Robina  6 car IMU 165 / 170

Leave Central 0925 / 0925  Arrive Robina 1041 / 1040



Photograph R Dow 22 Mar 2008

Noted 3 car emu platform 3 SouthBank with desto 'test train'

Track machines stowed Yeerongpilly sidings.

Photograph below: End of the line at Robina, soon to be extended to Varsity Lakes.



Photograph R Dow 22 Mar 2008

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Robina to Roma St 6 car IMU 170 / 165

Leave Robina 1049 / 1049  arrive Roma St 1158 / 1158

About to depart from Robina



Photograph R Dow 22 Mar 2008

Noted IMU 163 and 172 stowed at Robina yard.

Noted up cattletrain down side of Rocklea. Detached cattle wagons with livestock also in Moorooka sidings.

Noted Annerley Road Bridge wrapped in plastic sheets.  Was like this yesterday too.
Painting of bridge?  Photograph from train.



Photograph R Dow 22 Mar 2008


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Roma St to Doomben 3 car SMU 227

Leave Roma St 1201 / 1201  arrive Doomben   1224  / 1223

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Doomben to Central 3 car SMU 227

Leave Doomben 1232 / 1232 arrive Central 1252 / 1250



Photograph R Dow 22 Mar 2008

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Central to Oxley 6 car EMU  307

Leave Central 1307 / 1307 arrive Oxley 1331 /1332

Noted a departing Sunlander DEL2353 1310 platform 10 Roma St

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 08:17:51 PM »
bob
Great to see a variety of rollingstock in use on the other lines.
Note the strong presence of the 6 car EMUs on the Ipswich-Caboolture runs (our busiest corridor!!)
Just how I like it.
Long live the EMUs!!!!!
If you can, take some snaps tomorrow of the massive duplication/triplication works north of Caboolture and the new station works at Beerburrum.
Dwarfs the Gold Coast line!!!
Watch this sleeping giant!!!!
Enjoy the trip tomorrow and don't fall asleep between Pomona and Traveston = much in need of realignment!!

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008, 08:07:15 PM »
Day 3

Sunday 23 March 2008

Oxley to Goodna  6 car EMU 51

Leave Oxley 0831 / 0832 Arrive Goodna 0842 / 0842

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Goodna to Roma St 6 car EMU 79



Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008


Leave Goodna 0929 / 0927 Arrive Roma St 1002 / 1004

5 TOs checking tickets!

Toured platform 2 Roma St

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Roma St to Gympie North  6 car ICE 
EMD 5156 EMM 6156 EMT 7153 EMT 7151 EMM 6158 EMD 5158

ICE arriving at Roma St




Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008



Leave Roma St 1106 / 1106  Arrive Gympie North 1419 / 1408
EMD 5156 EMM 6156 EMT 7153 EMT 7151 EMM 6158 EMD 5158


ICE shortly after arrival at Gympie North




Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008


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Empty cattle train roars through Gympie North



Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008


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Rail tractor at Gympie North




Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008


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A goods train lead by 5 locomotives charges through Gympie North at speed




Photograph R Dow 23 March 2008


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Gympie North to Central 6 car ICE
EMD 5156 EMM 6156 EMT 7153 EMT 7151 EMM 6158 EMD 5158

Leave Gympie North 1601 / 1600  Arrive Central 1902 / 1858

See this thread too Gympie North Easter Sunday 2008 March 23 - Go Card Free Travel Trip

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Central to Oxley  6 car EMU 07

Leave Central 1908 / 1907  Arrive Oxley 1932 / 1932

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008, 08:41:29 PM »
Hi Brad,

Yes, the works are very impressive.  Managed a few photos some are here --> http://backontrack.org/mbs/index.php?topic=624.msg2704#msg2704

There is a lot happening up north for sure! 

It was a most enjoyable trip today.  This has to be one of the best secrets in SEQ!

QR should promote this as a tourist trip too!   :D

Light loading heading to Gympie North, but the up train was quite full by Nambour.

And all the better because travel was free!  GO!!

 :-t
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2008, 08:13:57 AM »
Radio 612 ABC Brisbane conducted a short interview about the 2008 Easter Tour today (March 24)!

Thanks for the opportunity 612 ABC Brisbane and Spencer Howson. 

Spencer's blog entry can be found here --> http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2008/03/robert-rides-th.html

The 612 ABC Brisbane blog is here --> http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/612_breakfast/index.html

Still time for a free ride or two today folks!

Rosewood today for me and that will complete the entire QR Interurban network  :)

It has been a worthwhile opportunity to travel the network in its entirety in a few days and allows for the  appreciation of the complexity and the fact that we do have an excellent suburban network.  A few more trains to allow increased frequency of services and it will help a lot to ease the chronic road and bus congestion in SEQ.

 :-c :-t
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2008, 12:30:36 PM »
Day 4

Monday 24 March 2008


Oxley to Ipswich  6 car EMU 55

Leave Oxley 0931 / 0932  Arrive Ipswich 1001 / 1001

EMU 55 arriving at Oxley



Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

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Ipswich to Rosewood 3 car EMU 10

Leave Ipswich 1008 / 1008  Arrive Rosewood 1026 / 1026

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Rosewood station viewed from footbridge



Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

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Rosewood station



Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

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Rosewood to Ipswich 3 car EMU 10

Leave Rosewood 1042 / 1042  Arrive Ipswich 1059 / 1100

EMU 10 shortly before departure to Ipswich



Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

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Ipswich to Oxley 6 car EMU 54

Leave Ipswich 1110 / 1110 Arrive Oxley 1139 / 1139



EMU 54 Arriving at Ipswich with terminating service.
This train ran the last leg of my 'tour' and took me back home to Oxley.



Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

Early works for the Darra to Richlands flyerover viewed from EMU54 just before Darra.




Photograph R Dow 24 March 2008

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All lines in timetabled use for passengers on the  QR Interurban network completed courtesy of the Go card  free travel over Easter!

Thanks to QR staff who keep the trains rolling through the holidays.  Crew have been helpful and cheerful throughout Easter.  Many happy passengers!!


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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008, 09:44:41 AM »
About 850 km travelled on the rail network over the 4 days.

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008, 10:14:49 AM »
Catch the train, ease the strain!

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2009, 02:48:23 PM »
Will there be an Easter Go egg this year?   ;)
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2011, 09:13:22 AM »
Will there be an Easter Go egg this year?    ;)
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2012, 08:23:13 AM »
Will there be an Easter go egg this year?  LOL

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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2012, 08:28:36 AM »
LOL, taking early morning nambourlander to the coast again on Sunday (easter) morning. I wonder if that single track will be any different? HA naive thinking
Train leaves central 6:30am, bus rolls into Caloundra 8:30am..
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2012, 09:12:38 AM »
LOL, taking early morning nambourlander to the coast again on Sunday (easter) morning. I wonder if that single track will be any different? HA naive thinking
Train leaves central 6:30am, bus rolls into Caloundra 8:30am..


Chances are there would be less freight traffic due to the holiday, but the question is more of will track failure hit anywhere between Bowen Hills and Landsborough/Nambour (higher chance of it being on the north of Beerburrum single track).
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2012, 07:59:10 AM »
No signal failures or anything this time  :-t train arrived promptly and to schedule. (just some abusive glue sniffing "persons", kicked off at Petrie  >:D)
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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2018, 10:05:18 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/979147175279042560

https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/979149554124668928
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