Croydon Station

Gulflander at Croydon

The first steam locomotives

Croydon as the terminal station originally had a goods and locomotive shed. A water tank for supplying water to steam locomotives utilised a windpump. After 1895 water was drawn from the Flooded Bird in the Bush mining shaft. In 1899 the windpump was replaced with a steam pump.
 
The Station Master at Croydon was replaced in 1913 by a Station Mistress whose duties also included operating the crossing gates on Brown Street. In 1936 the Station Mistress was withdrawn from Croydon and thereafter the crew on the railmotor handled the business. In 1941 the empty railway residence was dismantled and sent to Normanton for use of the Officer in Charge of the railway. Croydon Station
 
The original Croydon station was an impressive building with a 9.5 metre high galvanised iron roof (or carriage shade), 31x11 metres over the platform and two tracks. The station offices were originally 30.5x8 metres in size, which included a veranda.
 
In 1966, Croydon station was re-sheeted with corrugated iron. 

On November 19, 1969, a small windstorm struck Croydon, and iron sheets were torn from the station and the outer wall of the carriage shade. Then another storm on December 8 destroyed the rest of the carriage shade. The office walls, covered by tarpaulins, served as the station until a two room corrugated iron shed was built using recycled corrugated iron in the early 1970s.

Croydon Station now

In December 2002, it had become apparent that the timber framing of the station building had suffered from termite infestation. A decision was reached between QR and Croydon Shire Council whereby a new station building would be built from modern materials, but would incorporate features associated with the original station building.

These included a reconstruction of the carriage shade and veranda, similar in concept to the 1890s building.

Further information:
JW Knowles, Lonely Rails In The Gulf, Brisbane, 1993.
JD K.err, Triumph Of Narrow Gauge, Boolarong: Brisbane, 1998.