Monday, 28 November 2011

Pemberton - the railway terminus

One of the last remnants of the Bundaberg-Qunaba-Bargara (then Sandhills) -Pemberton railway line is up for sale. In the early 1900's, a railway line, or tramway, was built from Bundaberg to Sandhills, then inland again to finish at Pemberton. Where is Pemberton you may ask - read on!!!!

Now - back to the subject. Believe it or not, the railway came from the vicinity of Seaview Road/Windemere Road intersection and headed south, crossing Innes Park Road at the eastern boundary of the now Innes Park Country Club. The remains of the permanent way to the north of Innes Park Road was until recently quite visible, but now a farmer has salvaged the gravel  and it is a lot lower than it used to be. The rockwork on the southern side of Innes Park Road is still visible, and when the grass is greener, the distinct curve of the permanent way is quite clear.

From Innes Park Road, looking north, showing the old permanent way 27 Nov 2011  ©2011 WoJo12

After sweeping around the southern boundary of the Club, the track finished beside Elliott Heads Road. At the terminus, a triangle was constructed which enabled trains to turn around to proceed back from whence they came ( a modern example of such a triangle can be seen in Hoods Road, near the main North Line). This section of the railway was last used in 1948.

The curve of the old triangle is easy to see 27 Nov 2011               ©2011 WoJo12

                                                                                                                                                            [Map Overlay  ©2011 WoJo12]

A few years ago the land that was a part of the railway terminus was subdivided into 5 acre blocks. Now one of those blocks contains the remains of the Pemberton Grange Sugar Mill, and another borders the curve of the triangle.

Pemberton Grange Sugar Mill 1898                [John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 12345]

 Pemberton Grange Sugar Mill  27 Nov 2011      ©2011WoJo12

 Now is your chance to own a bit of history!!!!!

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