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Walking the Line: The Imbil Tunnel, Mary Valley Heritage Railway, Q. 1

The Imbil Tunnel on the Mary Valley Line runs through the divide between Yabba Creek and Kandanga Creek catchments. The tunnel was built during 1914, and the 5-span high level bridge over Yabba Creek was built simultaneously. Once the tunnel and Yabba Bridge were completed the track was laid to the new terminus at The Bluff, which the Railway department named Brooloo, and the final extension (Kandanga to Brooloo) of the Mary Valley Branch Line was opened officially on April 30, 1915.

It is interesting to read in the Railway department files that the recruiting for World War I meant that the completion of the tunnel, Yabba Bridge, the track to Brooloo and the yards there were completed by the older men of the original work crews.

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  • Uploaded on April 21, 2012
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    by Ian Stehbens