“What was rail travel like on the South Coast Line? For some the memory of a train trip to the Tweed lingers on. Back in 1981 D L Overson had the foresight to write an article called “The Tweed Heads Connection” for the Sunshine Express published in 1981. It provides us with a description of rail travel in 1950.”
“From Nerang, the line headed south into open bushland and then curved eastwards. To the left of the train, were swamp and marshland. Then the track led into bushland once again and this setting continued until Worongary was reached. This section of the railway featured numerous minor cuttings but the line began to level out towards Mudgeeraba. On leaving this station, the railway veered again to the ocean although trees prevented passengers from catching a glimpse of the sea.
After crossing Mudgeeraba Creek the iron swung south into dense timber country crossing under the main Springbrook Road to Reedy Creek. Once more the tracks turned towards the coast and after running through a short tunnel and some cuttings, the train would arrive at West Burleigh. Departure from here took the train across an iron bridge which spanned Tallebudgera Creek.
At last the ocean came into view. The line became level and the shore appeared to be gradually closing in. Another long bridge was crossed and the engine pulled into Currumbin. The line ran on a short embankment and curved sharply in an ‘S’ curve around Currumbin Hill. There was a large cutting to negotiate before Tugun was reached. At this point, the beach was only a stone's throw to the left of the train. The rails ran parallel to the main road through the residential beach towns of Bilinga, Kirra and Coolangatta. After leaving this station the train swung right over Bay Street into Tweed Heads.”