Former steam era QLD South Coast Southport Tweed Heads Coolangatta line
(10-Mar-2016, 08:51 PM)Petan Wrote: Currumbin Creek former QR railway bridge is being repaired. Council website notes the following; work will be done to conserve the 113-year-old ex-railway bridge at Currumbin which is now a dedicated pedestrian bridge. This does mean the bridge will be closed from April to July 2016. The heritage of the existing structure will be retained and environmental considerations are identified as high priority.

Gold Coast Council websites on the job http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/currumbi...30825.html 

http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/currumbin-railway-bridge-history-30836.html 
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Molendinar; traced the tender for the road over rail bridge on present day Southport Nerang Rd. Till then, all road traffic went via a level crossing (present day Harper St) north of Molendinar station. This is also mentioned on the Working Plan and Section. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...3.jpg.html
Also traced the Molendinar Earthenware Pipes siding http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212597242
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Railway Time Table—Brisbane Tweed Heads (1930, May 8). The Border Star (Coolangatta, Qld,1929 - 1942) P. 6. Retrieved May 17, 2016
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226598799
Cheers
Peter Cokley
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Reedy Creek, South Coast Line, 1903, with the QLD State Archive source data attached. The Reedy Creek station was closed for passengers in 1934 and removed in 1938 after its main timber traffic went to road transport. The present day Varsity Lakes electric train station is located only a few hundred metres north. This modern station was also to be called Reedy Creek Station when first planned but was retitled when the district was renamed Varsity Lakes. Image via my camera as the blue print was clipped within a bundle of assorted documents in the QSA hard batch file.

http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...a.jpg.html
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Nerang to The Border 40 chain litho cadastral map QSA Item ID299671. This shows the various proposed rail routes to Coolangatta. I assume the handwritten HCS 1889 refers to Henry Charles Stanley, who was the Railway Engineer.
I sourced this from QLD State Archives. The file size is 6MB and downloadable from my Google Drive in the usual manner. I added the QSA item ID in my usual blue text at the top in case anyone wants to trace the original cloth version at QSA.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...16Vzg/view
Cheers
Peter Cokley
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Five minute YouTube of the removal of the last of the main girders last week. The last video image with our credits shows part of the new bridge decking. The bit next to the crane was from under the Pacific Motorway bridge where I made sure I was seen by the crew who saw me afterwards to get copies of my images for their personal records.
https://youtu.be/n1ltfiiI1n0

The engineers in the group might wonder how we worked out the mass of each beam as 1.22 tonnes. The 1901 delivery documents note it was 100 lb per foot and the beams were stated in that document as 26 ft 11.5 inches. The working plan and section notes the beams as 27 ft perhaps more for rounding off that half inch so perhaps 27 ft is a nominal value http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...lekcdp.jpg

More data on the beams' actual engineering aspects http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...dgrhmv.jpg

Also worth noting the date on that beams construction, payment and shipping paperwork as April June 1901. Delivery from New York to Brisbane and payment in London. Minister reported as wanting route standard gauge capable 29 June 1901, Engineer Stanley had not received instructions to make the route standard gauge capable 9 July 1901, Rail Commissioner did not think route should be standard gauge capable 19 OCT 1901 and Engineer Pagan decided to make the bridges standard gauge capable in March 1902 although Engineer Pagan still reported official gauge uncertainly May 1903.

I used my phone camera at QSA and the pages were sometimes awkward to move as I was very scared and careful of damage to these priceless items!

Bridge renewal website http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/currumbi...30825.html
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(23-Apr-2016, 05:19 PM)Petan Wrote:
(10-Mar-2016, 08:51 PM)Petan Wrote: Currumbin Creek former QR railway bridge is being repaired. Council website notes the following; work will be done to conserve the 113-year-old ex-railway bridge at Currumbin which is now a dedicated pedestrian bridge. This does mean the bridge will be closed from April to July 2016. The heritage of the existing structure will be retained and environmental considerations are identified as high priority.

Gold Coast Council websites on the job http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/currumbi...30825.html 

http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/currumbin-railway-bridge-history-30836.html 

Its open folks and we have just walked on it!!!!!!  The rail bridge over Currumbin Creek on the 1903 opened Tweed Heads Coolangatta line has been rebuilt and open to the public as a walkway and bike way!!! Pictures when I get organized. The biggest surprise was seeing a bridge plan etched onto a sign formed out of one of the spare 27 ft Carnegie USA manufactured Rolled Steel Joists (RSJ), in particular this plan https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...hHNFU/view plus a very extensive text on QR engineer and eventually deputy QR commissioner William Pagan, mainly based on his obituary. The sign highlighted that his signature was on the bridge plan on the same sign. His Obituary URL  http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/219451229
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It is possible to us historical aerial images to investigate changes in the line with the following example from around Beenleigh as an example. QLD Government sourced aerial images https://qimagery.information.qld.gov.au/

Beenleigh original 40 foot turntable, removed c1971, at its site northern side on a 1960 image near the station compared to 1985 image with the later installed turntable on the southern side out west over the creek.
1960 sitehttps://gisservices.information.qld.gov.au/arcgis/rest/services/Imagery/QldArchive_AerialPhotos/ImageServer/file?id=.%5CImagery_Scans%5C1062%5CQAP1062080.JPG&rasterId=106937
1985 site https://gisservices.information.qld.gov....rId=428265

Enjoy the few extra historical items on that 1960 Beenleigh image in particular eg near the river is the distillery branch line. As with most aerial images, actual date of the aircraft flight is printed on the data strip.

As many astute WOS members would have long suspected, there is also an aerial photo set from 1956 labelled as Eight Mile Plains Boyd Bay Bridge and a 1959 set labelled Pacific Highway Mudgeeraba with the frames labelled ‘Pacific Highway Inland Route Mudgeeraba Terranora Creek”. These includes the Cobaki Piggabeen areas west of Coolangatta airport including where the Pacific Motorway airport bypass was eventually built a half century later. These point to the fact that QLD governments on both side (1956 was ALP) had long considered big budget highway options through the back of the southern South Coast through into NSW on a route that avoided the transport choke points of the narrow streets of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads as well as route that allowed through road traffic to bypass the other tourist areas.
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The station yard plans for most stations Ernest Junction to Tweed Heads. Cheers Peter Cokley
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0...WptczRvRHM

Track profiles including track gang area for all lines from South Brisbane and Gabba as they were in 1917 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0...WhLQXZPaXc
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