Caboolture gets a chance to ride on history with final service of Queensland’s first electric train on Saturday

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Caboolture gets a chance to ride on history with final service of Queensland's first electric train on Saturday

After four decades in service, it’s time to farewell the state’s first electric train, ‘EMU01’, as it takes to the tracks for the very last time this Sunday (11 August).

To mark its retirement, Queensland Rail is hosting special services from 9-11 August, in which EMU01 will embark on journeys across the South East Queensland network for a final time.

On Saturday the 10th of August, the ‘EMU01’  first Electric suburban train will be at Caboolture Station 9:45am to 10:15am for the very last time as a active service train!

EMU01 made its debut in 1979. Many Queenslanders will still remember the day, on 4 September 1979, when the state’s first electric train made its debut at Roma Street station, as testing of the newly electrified track commenced.

Following months of testing and a special weekend of festivities, the EMU trains went on to commence timetabled services for the very first time on 19 November 1979, with EMU01 embarking on Queensland’s first timetabled electric train journey, from Ferny Grove station through to Darra.

On Sunday, 11 August 2019, EMU01, paired with EMU04, will re-enact its first timetabled passenger journey from 1979, travelling from Ferny Grove to Darra station.

Queensland Rail customers and members of the public are invited to come along to a farewell event at Ferny Grove station to celebrate EMU01’s final day in service.

The event will start at 9.30am, with EMU01, paired with EMU04, to arrive at the station at 9.36am and be on display on Platform 2, prior to departing Ferny Grove at 10.17am, stopping all stations to Darra.

People can ride the train too! However they do have to pay regular translink fares!

Customers wanting to travel on board EMU01’s special services must hold a valid paper ticket or go card.

Farewell Tour timetable

Date Time Journey
Friday 9 August 8.35am – 10.30pm EKKA loop services
Saturday 10 August 8:37am Roma Street to Caboolture
10:15am Caboolture to Central
11:26am Central to Ipswich
12:50pm Ipswich to Central
1:49pm Central to Shorncliffe
2:33pm Shorncliffe to Central
3:11pm Central to Cleveland
4:27pm Cleveland to Bowen Hills
Sunday 11 August 9.30am Farewell event at Ferny Grove station
10:19am Ferny Grove to Darra
11:46am Darra to Ferny Grove
1:12pm Ferny Grove to Central
1.44pm Central to Robina
4:52pm Varsity Lakes to Bowen Hills

View the station by station timetables below:

Farewell tour timetable: Saturday (PDF, 162KB)

Farewell tour timetable: Sunday (PDF, 151KB)

Photo From Queensland Rail