Former steam era QLD South Coast Southport Tweed Heads Coolangatta line
Some recently uploaded station area plans. I did black and white versions of the Tugun and Currumbin ones some years ago but recently found the clearer colour versions at State Archive.

Currumbin from Town of Currumbin plan 1951 courtesy QLD State Archive. Blue dots show shire boundary. School of Arts reserve now RSL club. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...t.jpg.html

Tugun from Town of Currumbin plan 1951 courtesy QLD State Archive. Tugun is shown on the Town of Currumbin plan. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...n.jpg.html

Kingston 1976 single track courtesy QLD State Archive. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...z.jpg.html

Southport station from 1932 town plan courtesy QLD State Archives http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...d.jpg.html
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Bilinga 1951 cadastral plan http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...i.jpg.html

The cadastral plan I posted shows a waiting shed and a platform. The following photo shows what they meant by "shed" and platform as Bilinga was one of the unattended wayside halts with Kirra being another example. http://s311.photobucket.com/user/petanoz...q.jpg.html
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Some Kirra Coolangatta research updates.
The auction of the 38 housing allotments of former Kirra rail land along Coolangatta Rd Kirra was reported in the Daily News (Tweed) 19April1965. Total was £70975 which the newspaper noted as an average of nearly £2000 each. Actual sale prices ranged from £1475 to £2950. The position of the rail route relative to Coolangatta Rd can be determined by the walkway to the Kirra Cutting 70 metres on the beach side of the Coolangatta Rd Miles St Intersection.

That same Daily News (Tweed) 19April1965 reported the government netted £368575 for the sale of former railway land south of Kirra. The details and prominent buyers’ names can be read for yourselves (2MB) on the link below, if interested. The large brick building in the newspaper story eventually had its front removed as it was built in the late 1950s while the railway was still in operation and thus before Griffith St was widened after the rail land sold. The brick building is still there and is the one on the post office side of the present day Chemist Warehouse

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Although the last public train was 30June1961, the actual last train was the railway removal train through Coolangatta and Tweed Heads in December 1962. Danny Sheehan’s photo of the removal train is on P.84 of South Coast Railway and is dated 15 December 1962. The South Coast Bulletin 28Dec1962 reported the completion of the removal of the rail lines, facilities and the McLean St rail bridge between Tweed Heads and McLean St.
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QSA Item ID 621623 Town of Southport Parish of Nerang County of Ward. 8 chain scale 1914 (16 MB file size)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...hYRUk/view
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(Sir) Gordon Chalk, QLD Transport Minister 1957 to 1965, was lampooned around the time of the closure of the South Coast Line when he defended the closure decision with the prediction that within a decade helicopters would offer a comparably priced commuter service. (Lee P.8)

It seems there might have been some vague substance to his prediction as I found a newspaper clipping that reported a similar false prediction. I suspect similar helicopter taxi predictions were in capital city newspapers as well and perhaps spotted by one of Chalk’s advisers who then wrote a speech for Chalk along those lines.

Helicopter taxi prediction1960 pdf (2MB file size) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...Z2NlE/view

Bibliography;
Lee, Robert “Fruits of Federation - The Grafton to Brisbane Uniform Gauge Railway & Clarence River Bridge” Loco Works Productions, Sydney 2009
Gold Coast Adviser 25NOV1960.
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Interesting stuff Petan, thank you!


(04-Jan-2016, 08:10 PM)Petan Wrote: (Sir) Gordon Chalk, QLD Transport Minister 1957 to 1965, was lampooned around the time of the closure of the South Coast Line when he defended the closure decision with the prediction that within a decade helicopters would offer a comparably priced commuter service. (Lee P.8)

It seems there might have been some vague substance to his prediction as I found a newspaper clipping that reported a similar false prediction. I suspect similar helicopter taxi predictions were in capital city newspapers as well and perhaps spotted by one of Chalk’s advisers who then wrote a speech for Chalk along those lines.

Helicopter taxi prediction1960 pdf (2MB file size) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...Z2NlE/view

Bibliography;
Lee, Robert “Fruits of Federation - The Grafton to Brisbane Uniform Gauge Railway & Clarence River Bridge” Loco Works Productions, Sydney 2009
Gold Coast Adviser 25NOV1960.
The linked page (2MB size) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...BFQU0/view has the source name and date on the paper itself. If what Cecil Charles Carey MLA says in the paper is true, then his transport company had fewer profits from the route after the rail closure. The 700 tons a week of general rail freight is also an interesting amount as it would only amount to one reasonable train payload a day perhaps. Also notice the article mentions the removal of road tax.

John Knowles has some factual discussion on this general topic. http://freespace.virgin.net/johnk.pb15/southport.html and http://freespace.virgin.net/johnk.pb15/TWEED.HTM

More on Cecil Charles Carey MLA
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/member...1853018449 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_..._of_Albert
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Gold Coast 1983 street and district map. The long brown strips are from the sticky tape I used to hold it together over the years before I eventually had it scanned at the local shopping centre. Publishing source shown on the map. PDF 6MB file size downloadable from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...VvLTg/view
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Slightly different Working Plans and Sections Beeneligh Southport has appeared on Facebook; Ernest Junction Tunnel Friends https://www.facebook.com/groups/ErnestJunction/

The WP&S seem to come from a different source as they have different handwritten notes. The download URL
https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/M331431...4q5yTn5LUA
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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.
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