Former steam era QLD South Coast Southport Tweed Heads Coolangatta line
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Following receipt of the Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek Railway Bridge plans, a comparison was made with my previous statements based on photographic evidence of the now demolished Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.

Currumbin was not the only one with three piers per cross bearer as the Tallebudgera creek bridge [12 metal spans of 27 foot] had both two and three cylinder piers per cross bearer. The two cylinder piers at Tallebudgera Creek were sections # 1 to 8 and were founded on “Monier Piers” which are reinforced concrete pipes filled with concrete. The other few remaining pier sections consisted of three screw piles per cross bearer. Pier #1 was the Nerang end so two thirds of the Tallebudgera Creek Bridge were two piers each section. Currumbin’s bridge is all three pier sections per each cross section so that is possibly still a useful point to help determine which bridge is in the picture.

Following the Tallebudgera Creek pier investigations and emails from others studying the engineering plans, I located a revealing picture of the three pier section of the Tallebudgera Creek bridge on P.36 of Alan Arundell’s “The South Coast railway”, Water Street Productions, Brisbane, 2011 http://railshop.com.au/prod78.htm

My Tallebudgera Creek Railway Bridge picture http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...ge1991.jpg was taken in 1991 but Alan Arundell’s picture was dated c1962. The mangroves had increased on the Elanora end in those thirty years and hid the three pier sections on the far end! Just goes to show pictures can be misleading sometimes as well as showing the benefits of checking primary sources such as the plans or similar.

The bridge plans reveal all three metals, cast iron, wrought iron and steel, were used in the Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek railway bridges. Working Plans and Sections SCL N-C s8 West Burleigh tunnel http://www.4shared.com/photo/uvg4mAGq/SC...unnel.html also reveals the Elanora side of the Tallebudgera Creek Bridge also had 13 timber spans each 18 foot long. I have amended the caption of http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...6d7ea0.jpg as that previously stated the Currumbin one was the only three pier bridge.

I have more data to share eventually as we spent some time in the State Archives at Runcorn. I actually saw the original plans and letters etc for the SCL. Bit like the treasures in Aladdin’s Cave and the Holy Grail combined!! The QSA prices for their staff copying and postage of material on a CD were quite reasonable; postage on a CD up to 100 pages $3.10, copy scan over A3 size $5.70 and copy greyscale was $1.50. No public photocopiers there but they allowed camera phones and showed us how to manage that with special pillows to support the items.

Those who want the end results can also find it in Brian Webber’s http://railshop.com.au/prod15.htm as well as Destination South Brisbane and Triumph of Narrow Gauge etc, as those writers must have spent hours at the QSA!!
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Following facebook group has picture of Coolangatta station platform with name
on seat
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Have-you-s...5045301771

From Allan Meteyard; My grandmother Gladys Maude Meteyard was the Station
mistress at Coolangatta railway station up until she retired due to the closing
of the railway and station.She,my father and his brother and sister lived in the
railway house in Griffith Street opposite Robinsons newsagency.
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Southport Railway Station 1921. From “Have you seen the old Gold Coast” Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Have-you-s...5045301771
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Mudgeeraba Reedy Creek 1935 http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...36d634.jpg

[Image: Mudgeeraba-1935_zps8336d634.jpg]

This map is another result of my visits to the Local Studies Library at Southport. I found this when I was checking through their maps in relation to my Benowa sugar mill research.
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Mr William Pagan, [Acting] Chief Engineer [Civil] QR at that time http://www.anbg.gov.au/biography/pagan-william.html proposed in a site for the QR Tweed Heads Station plus a never acted upon proposal to link the QR Tweed Heads Railway Station to the Tweed Heads main river shipping wharf. The letter [QLD State archives A/8937] is dated 3 December 1901.

[Image: Bay-St-wharf-letter-label_zpsfec01e7e.jpg]

The blueprint portion with the proposed wharf line is http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk478...4f2746.jpg
[Image: Tweed-1901-proposed-wharfQR_zps074f2746.jpg]

Full 1.4 MB blueprint of whole proposed 1901 Tweed rail site https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGe...dXOXc/edit

This wharf was located north of the present Tweed Public Hospital. This river wharf already had a rail connection, gauge unknown, to the Point Danger quarry which supplied material for the river training walls. The quarry line is marked on the working plan and section https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGe...h2b1U/edit
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West Burleigh station yard

Facebook page; Have you seen the old Gold Coast's Page
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=5...299126.648\
94.280745045301771&type=1&permPage=1

It seems to be from the rail line especially when matched with this well known
image
https://gcccopac.sirsidynix.net.au/clien...;N/1334462

If you match up the buildings down the street with the present day you can
determine the rail line's position.

Cheers
Peter Cokley
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Looking Down over Miles St Kirra Rail Bridge, December 1951. Copyright S.G. (Garth) Fraser GF472
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGe..._web&pli=1

Garth Fraser has kindly given permission for his photos to eventually appear on my site. They retain his copyright, of course.

This first photo is really just testing the download system as I have a new folder in operation. Others will eventually appear as my South Coast transport website work is taking a lot of my time but I am enjoying every moment of it. Each page is a new exciting window into our local history.

The partly built house with the curved rear wall in the foreground is very well known to our family. Sue has visited many times as a child and always calls it a “magical house” because of its many interesting elements. We consider it very good Karma that the first of Garth’s photos includes that much loved home. Garth would not have known that in 1951 and any connection would be very good serendipity!!!

Cheers
Peter Cokley
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