Our history


As we journey towards 2025 and Queensland Rail having been in the business of connecting our communities for 160 years in Queensland, we still take pride in our story and our sense of connection to so many people in Queensland.

Our journey from the 'Pony Railway' of 1865 to the modern railway of the 21st century, that supports commuters, regional services, infrastructure, planning, and people has played a major part in shaping the story of Queensland and connecting not only communities, but places and ideas.

Welcome to the story of the railways in Queensland. We hope you will enjoy sharing some of the stories that have made Queensland Rail an important part in connecting our communities since 1865.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us at history@qr.com.au