Gympie Station railway yards include the engine sheds used by Mary Valley Heritage Railway

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on January 17, 2009

Greetings Ian

I arrive here via google earth and I expected to have found a certain Sue Allen in this domain, so it was a pleasant surprise to see your name appear. Your higher viewer figures put this excellent photo at a greater altitude when zooming in, or so I believe!!

Seeing this for the first time, I was surprised to see how substantial the railway is.

I am assuming that there is a mainline train operator running passenger services too.

I must make the effort to investigate your gallery further Ian, I had no idea that you had an intererst in railways.

I'll be dropping in soon Ian, in the meantime, best wishes to you ;>)


Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2009

Hi Jim,

Remember? I told you that I had driven a C17!

I connected with Sue recently when I saw her talking about the Mary Valley Historical Railway, and it seemed obvious to me that a long-time local who knew the line before it was "historical" should help her with some local knowledge. That led to a story of one incident, and now she has a tag 'Train Tales by IS' and so I have had to follow suit.

Further to your query, about mainline passenger services, here is the situation.

Gympie Station was originally constructed as the down station terminus on a line from the port of Maryborough, when Gympie town had developed from a gold rush to the Gympie field.

In this photo, one looks towards the station as one approaches from Maryborough.

When it came time to connect this line to Brisbane the line continued to the south, but first had to descend the Gympie bank, which descends immediately one leaves the yard at the southern end. Many a steam engine generated plenty of picturesque grunt when climbing into Gympie from the south!

The Mary Valley Historical Railway (MVHR) uses this former main line station and yard in order to run along the Mary Valley Branch Railway which leaves the old mainline (at Monkland) two stations further south.

The current electrified mainline is still connected to this yard, but the mainline Cairns - Townsville - Mackay - Rockhampton - Gladstone - Brisbane has been rerouted at Gympie and passes to the east of the town, passenger services stopping at the new Gympie North Station.

In the days of steam the Gympie Shed (right of photo) was a fascinating place of steam, oil, ash, locos, ....! as you may well imagine. Oo I can smell the coal smoke in my nostrils now.

As for me, on alighting at Gympie Station from the Mary Valley Railmotor, I used to scamper across these tracks to run to high school and back every day, while another of my school mates would disappear into the engine sheds, truanting but embraced by the railway staff. He went on to become the GM or Operations Manager of one of the iron ore mining companies in Western Australia, which operated the longest trains in the world!

Ah, I think I have just created another train tale!

I look forward to more chats with you on this theme.. or any other.

Best regards,


Sue Allen on January 17, 2009

Hey, what's Jim mean exactly, seeing your name as a pleasant surprise, instead of mine? I'm not sure how to take that one, Jim m' lad, this might require certain reprisals! Anyway, now to read the rest of the conversations.....or should I say converstations!

Oh yes, you know such a lot about this railway, Ian, I'm very glad indeed that you came to my rescue! It must have broken your heart when the steam trains stopped running in Gympie.

I'm so happy you've done the 'train tales tag' on your stories as well. I really think they're a very valuable resource, not to be lost or overlooked! Bravo to you, Ian!

Thanks so much for the link to here, Ian, I've fallen way behind and I'm sure you sent me a link a little while ago, which I never followed up, so tonight, I shall investigate that. I tend to duck over to the computer for a quick flick at this and that in the day time, in between other things, and then have a good long browsing session in the middle of the night. Not so good for the bags under my eyes, which are growing big enough to store coal in, but very good for the soul.:)

Now I'm off to plan my revenge on that Jim for saying that he was pleasantly surprised not to find me here. He's going to have an even more pleasant surprise when he finds that I read about it! Ha ha ha!!

Very best wishes to you both, (I'm all hot air and steam, you know)


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on January 18, 2009

Dear Ian and Sue, 'two gaffs at one go', or 'two birds with one stone'...take your pick ;>)

At 2am I should be resting my single brain cell.

Yes, of course Ian, you told me about your joy of riding on the footplate as a boy ;>) I can be so dim at times. I should remember to get my head in gear when making comment! Its a bit worrying realy ;>)

I do so enjoy reading your fascinating recollections Ian, your responses are so illuminating and informative and a joy to receive ;>)

So far, due to my limited computer skills, having taken this up very late in life, I often fail to take advantage of links and tags and often miss vital information. None the less, I do so enjoy chatting away, well into the small hours, with all my new found friends. Its been a great discovery for me.

Before leaving you, I must confess that tact is not a strong point with me Sue and if there was a big hole to fall in, I would gladly take the plunge! FOOT, MOUTH, and IN IT comes to mind.

Warm wishes to you both ;>)


Sue Allen on January 18, 2009

Ha ha, well, then, Jim, maybe you can blame your sometimes wayward brain cells on having foot and mouth disease!! Ho ho ho!

Really, Ian, isn't he a dear old chap though? I do so adore Jim,

very best wishes to you both,


aussie45 on October 3, 2011

Hi Ian
I found an original pic of the first peanut silo built by maybe one of your relatives at Kingaroy . I wanted some more pics of silos particulaly the Kingaroy one that dominates the skyline now . I remember Wes Hall the famous crickiter threw a cricket ball right over the silos as a demonstration

Ian Stehbens on October 3, 2011

Thankyou Aussie45. I wasn't aware of the Wes Hall incident. Is it possible that the photo you have of the original peanut silos is the same as this one which is posted on Winrose's site? If it is a different one I would love to see it. Can you send me a copy by email, Facebook or do you have copyright permission to upload it to Panoramio?

The original silos were built by my grandfather's brother, L. Rudi Stehbens, and I believe the cement and materials for the current silos were supplied by his company, South Burnett Importing Company (SIBC) which became Stehbens Brothers Hardware.

Thanks for the message.


I don't have any good images of the silos today.

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