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The Diesel Tilt Train is the name for three high-speed tilting train services, operated by Queensland Rail on the North Coast line from Brisbane to Cairns.

Diesel Tilt Train
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Diesel Tilt Train in April 2008
In service2003 - Present
ManufacturerEDi Rail
Built atMaryborough
Constructed2003
2014
Number built3
Number in service3
FormationPush-pull diesel + 7 cars
Operator(s)Queensland Rail
Depot(s)Mayne
Line(s) servedNorth Coast
Specifications
Maximum speed160 km/h (99 mph)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
QR Tilt Train
Brisbane (Roma Street)
Caboolture
Nambour
Cooroy
Gympie North
Maryborough West
Bundaberg
Miriam Vale
Gladstone
Mount Larcom
Rockhampton
St Lawrence
Carmila
Sarina
Mackay
Proserpine
Bowen
Home Hill
Ayr
Giru
Townsville
Ingham
Cardwell
Tully
Innisfail
Babinda
Gordonvale
Cairns

HistoryEdit

In August 1999 a contract was awarded to Walkers for two diesel tilting trains to operate services from Brisbane to Cairns.[1] In contrast to the Electric Tilt Train, the diesel Tilt Train is a push-pull locomotive based train, although the two are externally similar.

Following a derailment of the Diesel Tilt Train in November 2004 that injured 157 people, all services were limited to 100 km/h (62 mph) until track upgrades and the introduction of Automatic Train Protection allowed full speed operation to resume in June 2007.

In October 2010 Downer Rail was awarded a contract to build a further diesel tilt train with two power cars and 12 carriages to replace locomotive hauled stock on The Sunlander. The existing two diesel sets will be overhauled and extended to 10 carriages. All work was performed in Maryborough.[2][3][4] The first refurbished set entered service in October 2013. The third and brand new set was delivered and entered service in 2014.

RoutesEdit

The diesel Tilt Train features a 2×2 economy class seating arrangement, 1×2 business class seating arrangement, in-seat audio and visual entertainment and a TV screen attached to the seat armrest. A trolley service is available, and a club car is part of the consist of this Tilt Train service. In October 2013 when the first refurbished set returned to traffic, the service was named the Spirit of Queensland.

In 2014, the additional train was delivered to operate as a replacement for The Sunlander between Brisbane and Cairns, meaning the only service on this route is the Spirit of Queensland.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bundaberg Tilt Service Hits Airline as Cairns Tilt Contract Signed" Railway Digest September 1999 page 16
  2. ^ World class trains for Queensland supporting 800 Maryborough jobs Minister for Transport 27 October 2010
  3. ^ Spirit of Queensland Archived 2013-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Queensland
  4. ^ Queensland's famed Sunlander gets makeover Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine Rail Express 21 August 2013
  5. ^ Spirit of Queensland Archived 2013-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Queensland
  6. ^ Spirit of Queensland factsheet Archived 2013-12-04 at the Wayback Machine Queensland Rail

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