Heat sensor technology is being used to catch graffiti vandals attacking rail property on the Gold Coast-Beenleigh line, south of Brisbane.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson says military-grade buried sensor cables will also be trialled.

Mr Emerson says vandals are unaware they have been detected until the police arrive.

He says last financial year about 300,000 square metres of graffiti had to be removed along the south-east rail corridor.

"Since it was introduced on the Gold Coast-Beenleigh line last month, we've already had four charges put in place," he said.

"But we are sick and tired of these grubs and in fact we've had some examples where people have travelled from as far away as Victoria to target Queensland Rail assets.

"What these heat sensors do is invisibly detect these vandals when they break into a Queensland Rail property and approach a train to vandalise them.

"The first thing they will know is when the police arrive.

"I'm sick and tired of these grubs who are causing us more than $5 million a year in terms of damage."

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