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Although possibly somewhat ignored by locals, Brisbane boasts a good suburban railway system, well served by modern air-conditioned trains on seven routes radiating from the CBD. Progressively electrified from the late 1970s on, it still had a number of locomotive hauled trains to cover peak hour services. The trains, seven car sets themselves built for a 1950s electrification scheme that was never completed, did eventually find themselves hauled by electric traction, but by AC locos rather than being converted to electric multiple units as called for under the original plan. Indeed, these suburban sets had the distinction of being hauled by steam, then diesel and then electric traction, a rare if not unique circumstance in Australia and possibly the world.

Anyway, needless to say these trains form the subject of most of the photos in this selection of suburban trains around Brisbane.