Kuranda Railway, Yorkey's Knob, Queensland, Australia

Kuranda Railway, Queensland, Australia
@JudyEv (97347)
Bunbury, Australia
November 10, 2017 10:10pm CST
Thanks to @pgntwo for bringing to mind Kuranda Railway near Yorkey’s Knob (strange name) in Queensland, Australia. I wrote about it in Bubblews in 2013 but this discussion doesn’t bear much resemblance to that one. Kuranda Railway was built to provide railway access to the hinterland so tin miners and agriculturalists had access to markets and supplies on the coast. The terrain was such that it was impossible to travel overland to the inland areas. Little settlements grew up along the line to cater for the needs of the workers. During World War II, the largest field hospital in the southern hemisphere was situated at Jungara at a point alongside the line. The Kuranda Railway has 37 bridges and 15 tunnels. Some 3 million cubic metres of earth were shifted during its construction. Before you ho-hum about the figures, this was all done by manual labour and real horse-power. Slopes averaged 45 degrees and the ground was a mix of loose rock, rotting vegetation and soil. At one point, 1500 men were working on the project. Most were Irish or Italian. Their pay in September 1888 was 85c per day. The longest tunnel is 490 metres and has three curves and eleven safety culverts. The bridge at Stoney Creek Falls stands on three trestle piers and was completed in 1890. This outstanding bridge is of iron lattice construction. By April 1890, Stoney Creek Bridge was almost complete and a vic e-regal visit was paid by the Governor of Queensland. John Robb, who was in charge, prepared a full banquet on the Bridge which was suspended many metres over the gorge. Due to the roar from the waterfalls, there were no speeches! We travelled past Robb's Monument, a natural rock formation left in place as a monument to John Robb and his engineering skills. The line was finished in 1891 and climbs 328 metres up the Macalister Range. The line is a testament to the hundreds of workers who toiled with pick, shovel and dynamite to get this line through. In 1973, the train was held up at Tunnel 6. It was carrying wages for men on the Tablelands further inland. The bandits escaped on trail bikes and were never caught. I’ve chosen a photo from one of the photographic opportunity stops along the way.
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@shivamani10 (9973)
• Hyderabad, India
11 Nov
Very happy to know about the Kuranda Railway Bridge. Good information.They really worked hard for the successful completion of this Railway project.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
They did work incredibly hard. It must have been horrendous at times.
• Hyderabad, India
12 Nov
@JudyEv They deserve appreciation and honor for their hard work and for their sincerity in completing it with perfection to the desired standards.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@shivamani10 Their work opened up that whole inland area and allowed it to be developed.
@xFiacre (10393)
• Ireland
11 Nov
@judyev This is utterly amazing, but I still can't get over Yorkey's Knob!!!!!!!
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
I wonder who Yorkey was?
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@xFiacre (10393)
• Ireland
11 Nov
@JudyEv No idea, but he seems to be known for his knob rather than any quality or achievement..
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@valmnz (12623)
• New Zealand
11 Nov
Is this another Aussie rail trip I must put on my wish list?
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@xFiacre (10393)
• Ireland
11 Nov
@valmnz When are you off to the Ghan?
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
I guess it is as it was pretty spectacular. It's really popular with tourists nowadays.
@valmnz (12623)
• New Zealand
13 Nov
@xFiacre not for another six months, early May!
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• Philippines
11 Nov
That's a beautiful rail way over there. I hope it's properly maintained. To tell the truth i got scared looking at it because of how height it is.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Yes, it is a popular tourist attraction now.
@Platespinner (18095)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Nov
Isn't it amazing the obstacles that have been overcome to put in rail lines?
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
The country round there is really inhospitable .
@jstory07 (57277)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Nov
I would love to go there. Thanks for sharing this information.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
I'm pleased you found it interesting.
@pgntwo (21529)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
11 Nov
Impressive! Rails did so much for many otherwise inaccessible places, and we often forget that the people who worked to lay them had to get in there initially to construct them... They were probably second only to the line-gangs that brought telephone and telegraph to such remote spots...
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Another great poem by Robert Frost. Thanks for putting it up. We've just finished listening to 'Too Long in the Bush'. I have the book but we listened to the audio book on our trip to our home town and back. I must write about it as the incredible hardships they underwent are hard to believe.
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@JohnRoberts (39094)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Nov
That would be a cool train ride.
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@jstory07 (57277)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Nov
It sure would be.
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@peachpurple (9906)
• Malaysia
11 Nov
beautiful sight
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
We had some wonderful scenery to look at and photograph along the way.
@moffittjc (34793)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Nov
What a wonderful description of the history of this railway line! Now I've got one more thing to add to my Australian bucket list. Thanks to you Judy, it is starting to get quite lengthy! I hope I have enough time and money to complete everything! haha
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
I'll have to stop writing stuff about the east coast and concentrate on things in the West. Can't have you come all that way and just stay on the east.
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@moffittjc (34793)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Nov
@JudyEv I've already decided that I'm going to come visit the west coast instead of the east coast! Well, I think I will spend the majority of my time on the west coast! It would be a shame to fly all the way around the world to visit the land down under and not visit Sydney! haha
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@moffittjc Sydney is just another big city - but perhaps that's a bit harsh. Yesterday they had the opera house laser light thingy covering the rooves with red poppies.
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@teamfreak16 (35333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Nov
Now that is a train I'd like to ride. Wow!
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
When I wrote about it on Bubblews I was able to include more photos but it's pretty spekky.
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@teamfreak16 (35333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Nov
@JudyEv - Even better. I love waterfalls.
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• United States
11 Nov
I am amazed at some of these structures and all of the work that went into building them. Far exceeds how we go about building structures such as these today.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
When you think about the limited equipment they had at their disposal, it really makes you wonder how they managed.
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• United States
13 Nov
@JudyEv quite amazing.
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@kepweng (5955)
12 Nov
looks like the train and railway is not Safe to ride!
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
It looks a bit scary but it was very safe.
• China
11 Nov
How huge the engineering! We can well imagine that workers would encounter untold difficulties and dangers during building the railway ,seeing that they didn't have large machinery and transport equipment ,such as excavators,cranes .
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
It was all done with picks and shovels. Such a massive job. I'm pleased the engineer has been remembered.
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@RasmaSandra (12651)
• Riga, Latvia
11 Nov
That is amazing I would love to take a ride on this railway.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
It was a very scenic ride. They stopped several times for us to get out and take photos.
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@TRBRocks420 (60950)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Nov
Awesome picture of the train and, the rail way.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
It was an incredible area. A great day for us. We really enjoyed it.
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