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Queensland railways

Access visual resources, collections and stories featuring the historical background of railways and their development in Queensland.  


Experience images of the railway, early construction and travel during different times of Queensland's past history.  

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A jumble of carriages derailed and rescuers and passengers clamoring to help others in need

Audio and videos

Stories connected to railways in Queensland and their importance to the state's history, economy and bringing communities together.

Queensland Railways  

Historian Gregory Cope shares the unique story of how railways in Queensland were proposed and developed.

Torres Strait Railway (Family) Histories 1999-2000

A collection of digital recordings documenting the experiences of Torres Strait Islander Railway Workers starting in the 1950s.

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Railways: journal articles

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From the blog

Railways and this mode of transportation is a topical area of interest to Queenslanders. The blogs featured in this guide reference historical and contemporary aspects of the railway linking communities and locations in Queensland.  

Locomotive coal wagon and carriage on the bridge in Main Range, ca.1880.
Railways in Queensland – History in Pictures
Visual account showing the hardship and difficult terrain workers faced during construction.
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Gympie on track : opening of the Brisbane - Gympie railway 1891
By 1890 eleven separate railway systems operated in Qld, the first step linking them at Gympie.
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Missing Heritage - The Queensland Railway Times
State Library holds only a few editions of the Queensland Railway Times. Can you help?
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Explore more about Queensland railways and their contemporary influence on Queensland's culture.  

Artist Alick TIpoti poses in front of a carriage having his photo taken
Indigenous art tilt train
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Judy Watson and Alick Tipoti at the train launch.
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Night in the JOL podcast - 150 years of rail in Queensland
Historian Greg Hallam & Curator Dr Geraldine Mate discuss railway construction in Queensland.
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