Type of place
World War II 1939-1945
Constructed around 1940 as part of the Clapham Junction rail yards, the former Trainmen’s Quarters is a rare surviving example of the prefabricated transportable railway building of the type utilised by Queensland Rail during the mid-twentieth century.
This precast rail building is a good example of the Queensland Rail transportable building system used throughout the state for station buildings, residences, storage and depot buildings from early this century.
Constructed circa 1940 as part of the Clapham Junction rail yards, the former trainmen’s quarters were used to accommodate train crews required to work away from their homes. The building has since been adapted for use as administration offices.
The building is important as a rare surviving example of a twentieth century prefabricated transportable railway building. A similar building was demolished to make way for the Inner City Bypass, and another, larger example remains extant in Chinchilla.
This substantial Queensland Rail building fronting Fairfield Road is located in a predominantly industrial/commercial environment. It is a single storey low-set precast concrete building with detached kitchen and dining room wing features timber battening between concrete stumps. The hipped tile roof extends over open verandahs each side of the bedroom wing. The open verandahs feature slatted timber balustrades and stairs.
Statement of significance
Relevant assessment criteria
This is a place of local heritage significance and meets one or more of the local heritage criteria under the Heritage planning scheme policy of the Brisbane City Plan 2014. It is significant because:
The place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the city’s or local area’s cultural heritage
as it is a rare surviving example of a precast concrete railway building of the type utilized by Queensland Rail in the twentieth century.
The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
as it is a good example of a twentieth century, transportable, precast concrete building.
The place is important because of its aesthetic significance
as it is a substantial building on a prominent corner site and features a dominant roof, symmetrical design and restrained detailing.
Brisbane City Council Properties on the Web
Trainmen’s Quarters, Yeerongpilly, A Heritage Management Report, Metropolitan South – Beenleigh Line, Buchanan Architects, Queensland Rail files
Annie Mackenzie, Memories Along the Boggo Track, 1992
Heritage Unit, Stephens District: Character and Heritage Study, Heritage Unit, Brisbane City Council, 1995