Historical information

(Warwick) - Inglewood - Texas

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Surveyed: 1911
Opened: 3rd November, 1930
Closed: 1st January 1994

 


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Background

The line from Inglewood to Texas was surveyed from 17th July 1911 and opened on 3rd November, 1930.

This branch line joined the South-Western Line at Inglewood (between Warwick and Goondiwindi), and headed in a southerly direction towards the New South Wales Border.

1931 - Trucking Yards, Texas. – Trucking yards, suitable for cattle, sheep, and pigs, have been erected at Texas, and are available for use. In addition to freight royalty charges at the rate of 2s. per 100 head of sheep or part thereof and £1 per 100 head of cattle are to be collected. Smaller consignments of cattle are to be charged at the rate of 2s. for every ten head. The minimum charges are 2s. per “IC” wagon and 4s. for other cattle wagons. (Weekly Notice No. 4/31).

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Timetable

The time-table was as follows:

UP TRAINS DOWN TRAINS
Stations Mondays
a.m.
Thursdays
p.m.
Stations Tuesdays
a.m.
Fridays
p.m.
Warwick dep *3.20 7.25 Texas 6.0 5.5
Inglewood arr 8.30 12.25 Mundoey d d
Inglewood dep †9.15 1.15 Magee d d
Magee d d Inglewood 8.45 7.50
Mundoey d d Inglewood 9.50 8.25
Texas 11.55 4.0 Warwick **3.20 ††11.35

* Connects with the 8.0 a.m. Mail Train from Brisbane.
** Connects with the 5.30 p.m. Mixed Train from Warwick to Toowoomba and 11.00 p.m. Mixed Train from Toowoomba to Brisbane.

† Connects with 7.40 a.m. Train from Dirranbandi.
†† Connects with the 11.50 a.m. Mail Train to Brisbane.

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Stations built on the line

Location Miles Chains Feet above sea level
Magee 17 49 910
Mundoey 26 72 967
Texas 34 2 933

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Description of the line

Particulars of station arrangements and signaling are as under:-

  • Magee – loop siding, 8 chains over points. Rail level platform 150 feet long, side loading bank, 2 feet 6 inches above the rail level, on siding, shelter shed, 12 feet x 12 feet.


  • Mundoey - loop siding, 11 chains over points. Rail level platform 150 feet long, side loading bank, 2 feet 6 inches above the rail level, on siding, shelter shed, 12 feet x 12 feet.


  • Texas – station buildings, 30 feet x 12 feet, containing booking office, waiting shed and ladies room, rail level platform 150 feet long, goods shed 30 feet x 20 feet, with outside platform 30 feet x 12 feet, residence, lamp room and sanitary conveniences, loop siding 11 1⁄2 chains over points with dead end to loading bank, 2 feet 6 inches above rail level, side and end loading to siding and side loading to main line, fork line with dead end 7 chains long from apex.

With regards to signalling, the “Down Stop” signal on the Texas Branch at Inglewood is a 20 feet rail signal, erected on the right side of the line, 440 yards from junction points, and is worked from a lever installed at points.

The “Up Stop” signal at Texas is a 20 feet rail signal, erected on right side of line, 200 yards from points, and is worked from platform.

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Train services and working

The 1932 Timetable shows only a couple of train services a week on the Texas branch. The services being:-

Mon 184 Up Mixed arrive texas 7.40pm
Tue 185 Down Mixed depart texas 8.55am
Thu 180 Up Mixed arrive Texas 3.40pm
Fri 187 Down Mixed depart texas 5.25am

Trains would arrive in the afternoon and leave the next morning. The branch also took 2 hours and 25 mins to travel

1963 shows:

Mon 180 Up Goods arr 9.15am
Mon 181 Down Goods dep 11.15am
Tue 182 Up Goods arr 4.55pm
Tue 183 Down Goods dep 6.50pm
Thur 180 Up Goods arr 9.15am
Thur 181 Down Goods dep 11.15am

In 1969 and 1970, the timetable showed an additional train in each direction. Hence;-

Tue 180 Up Goods arr 6.10am
Tue 181 Down Goods dep 8.00am
Wed 182 Up Goods arr 1.10pm
Wed 183 Down Goods dep 3.00pm
Fri 180 Up Goods arr 6.10am
Fri 181 Down Goods dep 8.00am

By 1977, Wednesday Trais 182 and 183 were removed from the timetable

And By 1990, all trains were removed from the timetable. Trains were run on a as required basis for grain loading.

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Closure of the line

The Inglewood to Texas branch line was closed on 1st January 1994.

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