North Coast railway line, Queensland

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The North Coast railway line is a narrow gauge railway line in Queensland, Australia.wikipedia
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Roma Street railway station

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It commences at Roma Street station, Brisbane, and largely parallels the Queensland coast to Cairns in Far North Queensland. Further south a suburban railway was opened between Roma Street and Northgate (and Sandgate) on 11 May 1882, via Normanby.
It is the junction station for the North Coast, Main, Gold Coast and NSW North Coast lines.

Nambour railway station

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Nambour railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Rockhampton railway station

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville. The line is electrified between Brisbane and Rockhampton.
Rockhampton railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Cairns railway station

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It commences at Roma Street station, Brisbane, and largely parallels the Queensland coast to Cairns in Far North Queensland.
Cairns railway station is the terminus of the North Coast line from Brisbane.

Bundaberg railway station

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Bundaberg railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Street running

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The line though the centre of Rockhampton runs down the middle of Denison Street.

Gladstone railway station, Queensland

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Gladstone railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Queensland Rail

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It incorporates sections of lines built by local governments and subsequently taken over by the Queensland Railways, one isolated section was closed for two years following a financial crisis and another isolated section was initially built as a gauge line.
It wasn't until the completion of the North Coast line in December 1924 that all were joined.

Townsville railway station

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Townsville railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Mackay railway station

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Along the way, the 1680 km railway passes through the numerous towns and cities of eastern Queensland including Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Mackay railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Northgate railway station, Brisbane

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Further south a suburban railway was opened between Roma Street and Northgate (and Sandgate) on 11 May 1882, via Normanby. The first section of line formally known as the NCL was opened from North Coast Junction (now Northgate) to Petrie and Caboolture in 1888.
Northgate railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Bowen Hills railway station

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A direct line from Roma Street to Bowen Hills via Central station was opened in 1890, including a 770-metre tunnel, still the longest on the system.
Bowen Hills railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Gympie

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It was built to connect the mining town of Gympie to a river port at Maryborough, and followed the Mary River valley.
The North Coast railway linked Gympie to Brisbane in 1891.

Central railway station, Brisbane

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A direct line from Roma Street to Bowen Hills via Central station was opened in 1890, including a 770-metre tunnel, still the longest on the system.
Central railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Caboolture railway station

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The first section of line formally known as the NCL was opened from North Coast Junction (now Northgate) to Petrie and Caboolture in 1888. The coastal route was approved in 1889, with construction starting from both Caboolture and Gympie, and the linking section opened in 1891.
Caboolture railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Maryborough, Queensland

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It was built to connect the mining town of Gympie to a river port at Maryborough, and followed the Mary River valley.
The first section of what is now the North Coast Line opened on 6 August 1881, connecting the mining town of Gympie to the river port at Maryborough and followed the Mary River valley.

Petrie railway station

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The first section of line formally known as the NCL was opened from North Coast Junction (now Northgate) to Petrie and Caboolture in 1888.
Petrie railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.

Construction of Queensland railways

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The opening of the isolated Bowen section of railway in 1890 (see below) had resulted in there being 11 separate railway systems operating in Queensland, including the Brisbane, Maryborough and North Bundaberg lines.
The North Coast railway line, roughly following the coast, and three inland routes now provide the core of the state's rail network.

Gympie railway station

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The coastal route was approved in 1889, with construction starting from both Caboolture and Gympie, and the linking section opened in 1891.
Gympie railway station is an Australian heritage-listed former railway station in Gympie, Queensland, on the North Coast line.

Isis railway line

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An example of the benefits of a connected system was the decision by the CSR sugar company in 1895 to rail sugar from Childers to Brisbane instead of using coastal shipping from Maryborough.
The North Coast line north from Brisbane, reached Maryborough in August 1881, Howard in March 1883 and Goodwood, to the south of Bundaberg, in August 1887.

Rosedale, Queensland

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Construction continued north, and the next section to Rosedale opened in 1892.
The town is on the North Coast railway line.

Bowen, Queensland

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Bowen was the first settlement in north Queensland, and had the best harbour in the region.
The North Coast railway line follows a similar route through the locality but enters the town of Bowen which is served by the Bowen railway station.

Gordonvale railway station

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Under the same provisions, Cairns Shire Council built a 23 km line south to Gordonvale in 1897, and extended it 37 km to Babinda in 1910.
Gordonvale railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia.