Diesel Tilt Train (Queensland Rail) - Australia

Diesel Tilt Train (Queensland Rail)

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 History

In August 1999 a contract was awarded to Walkers for two diesel tilting trains to operate services from Brisbane to Cairns. 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. The first refurbished set entered service in October 2013. The third and brand new set was delivered and entered service in 2014.

Diesel Tilt Train Routes

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.

Diesel Tilt Train Overview

Diesel Tilt Train In Service:
2003 to Present
Diesel Tilt Train Manufacturer: EDi Rail
Diesel Tilt Train Built At: Maryborough
Diesel Tilt Train Constructed: 2003

Diesel Tilt Train Number Built: 3
Diesel Tilt Train Number in Service: 3
Diesel Tilt Train Formation: Push-pull diesel + 7 cars
Operator(s): Queensland Rail
Diesel Tilt Train Depot(s): Mayne
Diesel Tilt Train Line(s) Served: North Coast
Diesel Tilt Train Maximum Speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Diesel Tilt Train Track Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

Diesel Tilt Train Route Map
  • 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


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