Two-thirds of the Brisbane
Valley Rail Trail is open for use by cylists, hikers and horse riders – 70km between Wanora and Toogoolawah, plus 30km from Moore to Blackbutt.
- Wulkuraka (Ipswich) to Fernvale (under construction)
- Fernvale to Lowood (9km)
- Lowood to Coominya (12km)
- Coominya to Esk (23.5 km)
- Esk to Toogoolawah (19km)
- Toogoolawah to Moore (under construction)
- Moore to Blackbutt (30km)
- Blackbutt to Yarraman (under construction)
The trail recycles
the Brisbane Valley Railway Line (approved 1882; completed
1913; closed 1989).
The major stations
along this line were Brisbane Valley Junction (near presentday
Wulkuraka) – Fernvale
– Lowood (1884) – Coominya – Esk (1886) – Toogoolawah
(1904) – Harlin (1910) – Moore – Linville (1910) – Blackbutt
(1912) – Yarraman (1913).
Bus and truck services linked Yarraman at
the end of the line to Nanango, Cooyar and Goombungee.
thirty years of the twentieth century saw not only the decline
in the importance of branch rail lines but also massive increases
in the population of greater Brisbane and surrounding areas
of South East Queensland.
The last regular Ipswich to Yarraman steam
train ran in 1969. In 1988 the rail motor (diesel railcar)
service came to an end. In 1993 work commenced on ripping up
the track and almost every other reminder that trains once
passed this way.