Emerald Train Station
Emerald Train Station
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
During October 2022, my wife and I enjoyed a one week bus tour with Outback Aussie Tours incorporating three nights in Longreach and 2 nights in Winton. We began our journey with a one night stay in Emerald, 270 kilometres west of Rockhampton, where we caught the Spirit of the Outback train for Longreach.

Our departure point in Emerald was the beautifully constructed, historic, Emerald Railway Station, built in 1900 and located in Clermont Street in the centre of town and a living, working tribute to the brilliant design skills of the prominent Queensland Railways architect of his day - Henrik Hansen.

Henrik Hansen is responsible for designing some of the most beautiful Railway Stations in Queensland, still standing today. In addition to the Emerald Railway Station, the design of the following still standing, Railway Stations have the Henrik Hansen design stamp written all over them - the Mount Morgan Railway Station (1898), no longer in operation but now part of the Mount Morgan Railway Museum and incorporating the local tourist information centre: Archer Park Railway Station at Rockhampton (1899), also no longer in operation and now a fabulous ‘must see’ railway museum; Longreach Railway Station (1916), like Emerald, still in operation, and the terminus for the Spirit of the Outback; and two Brisbane Railway Stations still very much in operation – South Brisbane(1891) and Shorncliffe (1897). I am proud to say that I have had the pleasure of seeing and visiting all six.

The features of the Emerald Railway Station are quite stunning and shine like a beacon in the town centre, making the Railway Station one of the best buildings to see in Emerald. The Station is made of chamferboard and it has a central portico with a semi-circular roof. The central portico is reached by three steps from the roadside and the cast iron lacework and columns at this portico’s entrance are awesome. From this portico you can view the iron lacework to maximum effect. It forms a lovely border around the town buildings on the opposite side of Clermont Street. The front portico leads to an impressive waiting room which in turn leads to the main platform. Just under the semi cicular roof of the portico and above the lacework is a circle in which the year “1900” has been inserted to indicate when the Station was built.

The needs of the disabled are well catered for with a very purpose built disabled ramp leading from the road to the Station entrance. At the start of this ramp is an interesting monument dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were instrumental in opening the west by laying the first railway tracks and infrastructure. The monument was unveiled to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Emerald on 5 December 2004.

It is also very pleasant sitting on the platform inside the Station whilst waiting for the Spirit of the Outback to arrive from Rockhampton. The platform shade cover is propped up by delightful iron columns and has a curved roof. There was apparently a Railway Refreshment Room at the Station, which closed in 1985 and this room has since been converted to offices. The Station was fully restored in 1986 and added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992. The restoration has utilised exciting heritage colours with the iron lacework painted bright white, the iron columns a rich heritage brown/red and the timber work a pleasing buff colour.

My wife and I had a fair wait at the Station for the Spirit of the Outback. On the day in October 2022 when we travelled, it arrived 2 hours late. To while away the time we chatted with the down to earth but efficient station mistress who entertained us with her local railway stories.

It was indeed a privilege to be able to visit this imposing Railway Station first hand. We were so pleased that the legacy of Queensland Railways foremost designer, Henrik Hansen lives on through this Railway Station, for future generations to admire and appreciate, and long may it stay that way.
Written 5 February 2023
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MichaelandAnne
Bribie Island, Australia526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
If you like such things - a glimpse of the past. A lovely old building very centrally located. Only take 20 minutes.
Written 23 September 2021
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Niccers16
Bundaberg, Australia391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great heritage listed building in the Centre of town that you can’t miss. Fret work around the entrance is amazing. Best place to take a photo is across the road, just be wary of the road trains
Written 23 August 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,962 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Rail came to Emerald in 1879 and the town opened up.The station was built in 1900 and is very well preserved and interesting architecture. Well worth a look
Written 22 July 2021
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Steve
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Beautiful old railway station that is very well maintained and presented! Wonderful history! Very informative information available at station and very easy to find and access!
Written 24 September 2020
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leanne G
Buderim, Australia1,134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020 • Couples
Such a well preserved old train station. So pretty and well maintained. Its free to havea a quick look.
Written 30 June 2020
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Margaret B
Queensland, Australia632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020 • Couples
Situated in the Main Street, this beautifully maintained building, built in 1900, is still functional and servicing the Emerald community. If you enjoy and appreciate grand old architecture, take a short stop to admire this building!
Written 17 June 2020
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Nodswollef
Wodonga, Australia319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Still in daily use as a Passenger train Station this historic building is a must see connection with the Aussie of days gone by. It is an imposing building right in the main street of this wonderful Aussie town.
Written 31 October 2019
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5555lottie
Maryborough, Australia164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
For folks wishing to visit local heritage, the railway station is one of the few glimpses of the city’s past. This station has been well maintained over the past 120 years. Although passenger trains do not pass through that often, just the grand architecture of this complex is to be admired.
Well worth a visit for railway and architecture buffs.
Written 7 August 2019
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Anita T
Forster, Australia11,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
The Emerald Railway Station, which is still fully functioning and is heritage listed, was built in in 1900. The Central Western railway line came to Emerald in 1879. Being located at a railway junction, made Emerald a locomotive depot allowing Emerald to become a major regional centre.
The building itself has been beautifully restored and I just love the ornate entrance. It is well worth a visit, it will not disappoint.
Written 16 July 2019
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