Re: FW: [IndustrialRailwaySociety] Queensland Floods
A C Lynn Zelmer
Depends on what you mean by narrow gauge, Brian, when thinking of Rockhampton...toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
QR's 3' 6" gauge main yards and engine facilities are all under water at Rocky with enough water over the track that rail services to the south have apparently been cut. All the motive power has been moved to the Yaamba area to the north where it is comparatively dry.
The Purrey steam tram is out of service at the moment for its annual inspection/maintenance but the museum should only be affected by the flooding if it exceeds the 1918 flood levels. Maps from that flood show the water as just reaching the museum precinct.
The city is now essentially surrounded with no road, rail or air connections to the outside world, and is likely to remain so for the next couple of weeks as the floods aren't expected to peak until mid-week (Wednesday 5 Jan 2011). The sugar cane areas are a fair way north and south of the city and have their own problems... I understand that the Bundaberg Rum distillery is surrounded with water, implying that the sugar mill is also wet, but the local news only talks about the distillery.
Best wishes to all for the new year,
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