Notes:Few people today are aware of the significant contribution of QR, or as it was then the Queensland Government Railways, to Australia’s war effort in the period of 1941-45. Enormous quantities of war material of every description were manufactured in the south or landed at southern ports from overseas and hauled through Queensland along the coastal railway. Hundreds of thousands of Australian and Allied troops, with their motor transport and equipment, had to be moved by rail over long distances. The Railway Department was to pass through a testing time such as was never before experienced. Queensland’s geographical position made it the battlefront state. It will be 80 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea.