The Buderim – Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc.
The Buderim to Palmwoods tramway (really a railway) was built to service the needs of the farmers and residents of Buderim & District. It enabled farm produce, fruit, timber etc to access Brisbane via the main-line at Palmwoods.
The first tram ran in 1914 and the last in 1935. Buderim and district in the early 1900s was a thriving community. Its farms were producing plenty of high quality fruit and timber.
Roads were poor and transport to Woombye – the main centre of that time – relied on horses, wagons and bullocks. Shipping services through rivers and creeks to Maroochy ports, with sand-bar problems, was a variable which threatened perishable produce. There was a great need for effective and reliable transport to the main Queensland Rail train line and thus access to the Brisbane markets.
The alternative tramway routes considered from 1903 onwards were Buderim/Palmwoods or Buderim/Woombye. Buderim/Palmwoods was settled on by 1911 and the line was open and began operating on the 1st of December 1914, with the official opening later in 1915. The line was closed in 1935.
The Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc was formed in 2003 following foundation work done by the Buderim Historical Society over the preceding ten or so years. It consists of a group of volunteers working on two major projects. The first project was the development of part of the old track off Mons Road, as a heritage walking trail.
Since this project, another walk was designed to lead you through Buderim Mountain Village to see the places where the tramway ran. The brochure/map can be downloaded for this walk, below.
Following the successful cosmetic restoration of the original Krauss locomotive that ran between Palmwoods and Buderim, the second project is the relocation and secure housing of this locomotive.
The group is always looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming a member, or you would like further information, the President of the group, Helene Cronin, can be contacted on (07) 5476 9509
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