Time capsule buried at Burpengary station

Published 10:00am 4 July 2024

Time capsule buried at Burpengary station
Words by Nadia Chapman

To commemorate the recent milestone upgrades to Burpengary station, Burpengary State School and the Burpengary Community Association buried a time capsule at the station on June 28.

Several sentimental items were placed into the time capsule by the students, including drawings and postcards to their future selves, a go card, photographs, a newspaper, a jar of honey and a rail peg.

Queensland Rail’s executive general manager of SEQ assets Rob Hill says the time capsule is a nod to history.

“In 1917 the construction workers who built the Burpengary station left a time capsule of sorts which was unearthed in the 1990s,” he says.

“In a nod to history, we have done the same today with drawings and postcards from Burpengary State School and items from the Burpengary Community Association.

“In almost 160 years of connecting Queensland, history is incredibly important to us, and to recreate the same ritual as our forebears is really special for us and the community.”

Time capsule buried at Burpengary station

Queensland Rail’s Accessibility Upgrade Program continues to make history, as major accessibility upgrades are achieved at railway stations across the South East Queensland network.

Two footbridges have been lowered at Burpengary and Bundamba stations, making the most significant impact since the stations were built in 1888 and 1917, respectively.

Rob says the team has reached a turning point since beginning construction.

“We’ve reached a turning point here at Burpengary and Bundamba stations. We’ve seen both footbridges installed and the Burpengary station building set in place – these are huge milestones,” he says.

“Both pivotal transport hubs for Queensland, these upgrades mark the most transformative work these stations have undergone in their history.

“We have more than 400 Queensland Rail staff and contractors working on our biggest upgrade program ever bringing these six stations, Bundamba, Burpengary, Morningside, Banyo, Lindum and Buranda into the modern era.

“We thank our customers for their patience while the stations are temporarily closed. The closures have meant we have been able to see so much progress on the builds – and we’re thrilled to be reopening Burpengary in August.”

For further information about the current accessibility upgrades, visit the website.

Time capsule buried at Burpengary station

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