Former steam era QLD South Coast Southport Tweed Heads Coolangatta line
Found trove references to the downgrading of Coolangatta from a station to a gate. South Coast Bulletin (Southport) 4July1930 P.10 Retrieved December 31, 2014

South Coast Bulletin (Southport) 27June1930 p. 10 Retrieved December 31, 2014

Correct name spelling should be Coolangatta Station Mistress Gladys Meteyard not the surname spelling the newspaper used.

Edited as I first used here the trove report of the onboard refreshment service I had already used on another WOS thread. Thus I edited it out and used this one instead. Trove has many more so just search yourself if interested.
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One for the closed railway enthusiasts who visit the Gold Coast for holidays; Rail cuttings can be seen west of the Gold Coast Country Club’s golf car park south of the present day Helensvale electric train station. Cutting 64 is located UTM 56J 533392 6910151. The present day electric rail is west of these rail archaeological remnants in this area.

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Cutting 64 was at the top of a 1:50 grade heading south, was 8 chains /160 metres long with a maximum depth of 9.3 feet from which 2297 cu yard of earth was removed. Cutting 64 is 34 chains / 685 meters north of the steam era Coombabah Creek rail crossing. South of Cutting 64 is a 6 chain / 120 metre embankment with a max height of 4.5 feet on level track. South of that embankment is the 7 chain 140 metre cutting number 65 with a maximum depth of 7.8 feet on a descending grade of 1/50. Further south of that cutting is a 13 chain / 260 metre low embankment of level grade leading to the Coombabah Creek bridge.
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Trying out the DNRM cadastral maps recently made available with Stapylton area in 1971 as the test.

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The text with that image; A new Pacific Highway bridge was built over the railway south of Stapylton station before the South Coast Line’s closure in 1964. This replaced the highway underpass to the north of the station. The 1960s steam train era bridge is still in use as “Eastern Service Road, Stapylton”. It was the southbound Pacific Highway Bridge till c2000 when the new Pacific Motorway bridges were built to the west.
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Found that almost until the very late 1950s, the Bay St level crossing immediately to the north of the Tweed Heads station could not lead into QLD. Since the line closed in 1961, that means only local traffic used that level crossing for most of its time. Today that Bay St route into QLD is extremely busy as a quick bypass avoiding the main street traffic jams.

The 1960 Tweed Heads street map shows both Dixon St in QLD and Boundary St in NSW at the QLD end of Bay St. Boundary St is now Thomson St. The other item on the 1960 map in that area is the state border between Dixon St in QLD and Boundary St in NSW. Until the very late 1950s it was not possible for a car to cross from Bay St in NSW to Dixon St in QLD due to the stock proof NSW state border cattle tick buffer zone fence.

This NSW fence actually consisted on two stock proof fences. The first fence was along the border and the second fence was about 20 meters inside the NSW border, creating what many considered an unsightly no-man's land between the two fences. The only vehicle entry into QLD in the Tweed Heads area was via the border gate on the Pacific Highway outside the present day Tweed RSL club. In the rural areas the two buffer zone fences are about a chain (20 meters) apart while it may have been narrower in some urban areas. These NSW state border cattle tick buffer zone fences can still be found along many parts of the eastern parts of the NSW /QLD border.

I have discovered that in March 1958 the NSW Agriculture Minister finally admitted the Tweed Heads area border tick gate and fences had outlived their usefulness. The Tweed and Coolangatta business communities were now free to plan the beautification of the area. The Tweed and Coolangatta people had long wanted the fence removed to enable better vehicular access between the two towns and remove the unsightly no-man's land between the two fences. (The Daily News 14March1958 P.2 and 22June1958 P.4 and Townsville Daily Bulletin 28 Feb1951, page 5)

The minister’s 1958 statement in parliament

Tweed 1960 street map
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Pimpama’s steam era station included the approx area near the 2015 council refuse transfer depot with the ambulance center across Depot Rd using part of the southern end of the railway station area. The Working Plan and section shows the middle of the railway yard was 30 chains (603 metres) south of Hotham Creek which the steam train era line crossed in a similar location to the present day trains. Those 603 metres from Hotham Creek along the curves of the steam era rail route goes to the junction of Depot Rd and Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd outside the Ambulance depot.

The footpath culvert outside the playground and picnic area south of the Ambulance center was measured by tape measure as 15 foot wide which was the railway formation width south of Nerang. In the steam train era the road was immediately west of the picnic area with its property boundaries marked on the QLDGlobe.kml file plugin to Google Earth. The road on the eastern side of the playground did not exist in the steam train era. QLDGlobe.kml also outlines the steam era Pimpama Station's cadastral including the transfer area and the ambulance.

Working Plan and Section

Also used the newly released DNRM cadastral

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Pimpama rail sites from Google Earth 2013

Pimpama road changes using the cadastral property boundaries marked on QLDglobe courtesy QLD Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) and Google Earth

EDIT; added the QLDglobe image. Refer to text in previous post for site explanation.
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Extremely well known Gilltraps Auto Museum, Kirra was situated between Kirra Railway Station and the mouth of Coolangatta Creek and North Kirra beach. Gilltraps is now a completely new high rise with a major surf wear shop and accommodation. At one time Gilltraps was the home of two sugar mill locos.

The start of Gilltrap's QLD operations can be traced to c1959 as per Picture Queensland Connections (Accessed 9FEB2014). UK movie star car “Genevieve” was entered in the Australian Blue Mountains Rally in 1958 by the owner Norman Reeves who then loaned her to New Zealand enthusiast George Gilltrap for his car museum at Rotorua NZ. Eventually Gilltrap bought Genevieve from Reeves. Website noted below states when Gilltrap was presented with an excessive demand for import duty for “Genevieve” he simply shifted his museum, lock, stock and Genevieve, to Australia. Genevieve is a twin-cylinder 10/12 hp Darracq built in Paris in 1904. Source;'s%20history.htm (Accessed 9FEB2015) I note these websites used different spelling of Giltrap's name. The sign at the museum was spelt Gilltrap.

Gilltrap's museum at one stage had Hudswell Clark "Maroochy" 0-4-2T 1078 of 1914 ex Moreton Central Sugar Mill. More

Another Gilltrap exhibit was Rocky Point Sugar Mill’s John Fowler & Co of Leeds UK 0-4-0WT 16249 of May 1924. After the mill it was a static exhibit 1959 -1962 at Pleasure Island Amusement Park Carrara QLD. After Pleasure Island closed, the Fowler locomotive was displayed at George Gilltrap’s Auto Museum, Kirra. The Fowler later became a static exhibit at Dreamworld theme park, Coomera. It eventually returned to Rocky Point sugar mill where it was restored as a static exhibit before moving to the Beenleigh Historical Village. [Webber P.111][Browning] [Sheehan]
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Slightly OT, but according to my parents, I was allowed to sit in Genevieve as a toddler, way back in 1967, during a visit to the Gilltrap Museum Big Grin
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(12-Feb-2015, 05:01 PM)EYL Wrote: as a toddler, way back in 1967

Even more OT, the year I finished High School... Wink
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(12-Feb-2015, 09:36 PM)Graham4405 Wrote:
(12-Feb-2015, 05:01 PM)EYL Wrote: as a toddler, way back in 1967

Even more OT, the year I finished High School... Wink
You older-than-me-bastard-you Big Grin
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