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Ferny Grove Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Ferny Grove Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Samford Valley, north west of Brisbane, 16km from Brisbane
Start/end: Lanita Road, Ferny Grove Ferny Grove Railway Station  to Currawong Road, Samford
Status: Partially open
Length open: 5km
Surface: Sealed
Best seasons: All Year
Public transport: Train
Features: tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
Upgraded rail trail near Samford. 2016   M.Linnett
Upgraded rail trail near Samford. 2016 M.Linnett
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams
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Features

  • Some short but picturesque sections of rail trail close to Brisbane.  Accessible from Ferny Grove Railway Station.  Roads occupy the old rail corridor within the Brisbane City Council Area.  The former railway is clearly evident in the Conservation Park, rejoining quiet local roads for the section into Samford.
  • An extensive network of recreation trails has been mapped by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, more suitable for horse riders and mountain bikes than walkers.  Trails within the and around Samford are easy to locate.

Description

The surburban railway to Ferny Grove once extended a further 32km to Dayboro. Short sections of this railway are now rail trails. Although short, they are popular with Brisbane mountain bikers due to their proximity to the many trails in the Brisbane Forest Park and the Samford Valley. The trails are now signposted.

Stage one ugrades  now complete

In 2016, the Rail Trail $ 2.1 Million upgrade was completed (which included a new concrete bridge over Dry Creek)

Stage one from Ferny Grove to Peterson Road is now fully sealed, whith up graded lighting at the major road crossings

Lanita Road (2.5km)

The Lanita rail trail can be easily accessed from Ferny Grove Station. Leaving Ferny Grove railway station, the first 2.5km (approx) of the old railway alignment is now road. Lanita Road is a quiet outer suburban street, suitable for walking or cycling.

Lanita Rail Trail (1.8km)

At the end of Lanita Road is a vehicle turning circle. A path leads up to the start of the trail which runs through the southern part of Brisbane Forest Park. The rail trail can be distinguished from other forest trails being sealed  and by substantial railway embankments and cuttings. The trail ends at a gate at the western edge of the park.

Information on connecting trails in the Brisbane Forest Park can be found at MTB Dirt's Brisbane Forest Park and Ironbark Gully pages.

McLean Road

The busier McLean Road then picks up the railway alignment. Along this road is the site of Queensland's worst railway accident. On Labour Day, 5 May 1947, a picnic train descending the steep grade of the Samford Range left the rails resulting in the death of 16 people including the driver and fireman. The accident was due to excessive speed, apparently because the driver "did not know the road" (a railway expression meaning the driver was unfamiliar with the stretch of track). A cairn marks the spot beside McLean Road. For more information on the accident see Wikipeida or QRIG.

Samford Village

The railway can be picked up again where it passes through Samford Village. A short section of the formation remains as a walking trail connecting the northern and southern sections of Cash Avenue. The Samford Museum complex houses the original Ferny Grove railway station and has information on the line.

Currawong Rail Trail (1km)

A further 1km section of the line can be walked or ridden north from Currawong Road. It leads to the entrance to a railway tunnel under Mount Samson Road. The far end of the tunnel has been blocked and it is now used by Queensland University to study the resident bat colony. Steps lead up to the road above where there is a plaque marking the location of the tunnel. The section may be muddy after rain.  The tunnel is not able to be entered; the northern end was filled when the site was used as the local rubbish tip.

Background Information

The railway opened in sections starting in 1916. It reached Dayboro in 1920. The line closed in 1955 after only 35 years of service. Thanks to Neil Hardisty for assistance with this description.

In 2012 the Department of Transport and Main Roads considered two options for a commuter cycle route between Samford and Ferny Grove.  Parts of the cycleway would utilise more of the former rail corridor.

In 2016, the Rail Trail $ 2.1 Million upgrade was completed (which included a new concrete bridge over Dry Creek)

Stage one from Ferny Grove to Peterson Raod is now fully sealed, whith up graded lighting at the major road crossings

Links

Some rail trail sections and roads are managed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. The sections of the corridor within Brisbane City Council are on road.

 While in Samford visit the  Samford Museum

 http://www.vivasamford.org.au/userfiles/SamfordValleyTrailGuide_26Jul2012.pdf

Janurary  2017

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: qld@railtrails.org.au.

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Stage one of the Ferny Grove to Samford Rail Trail upgrade is now complete.

(Posted: 15/01/17)

Stage one of the Ferny Grove to Samford Rail Trail upgrade is now complete.

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