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Walking the Line: Disused permanent way of the Mary Valley Line, Imbil-Brooloo section.

Western Creek Road level crossing on Mary Valley Line.

When this railway track was built in 1915, it was hoped that this might become a major rail route from Brisbane through Caboolture, Woodford, Kenilworth, Imbil to Gympie and to North Queensland.

However, it only went as far as Brooloo, 2 kms further. At the Brooloo terminus a station with a turntable was installed, and an engine shed, tank with a pump house on Coonoon Gibber Creek, lamp room, goods shed and calf saleyards were built.

The dreams were big, and in anticipation of the arrival of the line, a 2 story hotel was built in 1914 and called the "Grand Hotel".

While the line did open up the Mary Valley south of Gympie to closer settlement, the Bonoum Range between Brooloo and Kenilworth and the major Conondale Range between Kenilworth and Woodford were barriers to its extension. Such major works were never warranted.

The Mary Valley Line is now used by the Mary Valley Heritage Railway, but it operates out of Gympie only as far as Imbil, 1 km north of this crossing. This section has therefore been abandoned, and is unlikely to be restored by the Mary Valley Heritage Railway. Imbil now has a turntable in the yards, and the Brooloo turntable has gone.

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  • Uploaded on April 22, 2012
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    by Ian Stehbens