The Gulflander (Queensland Rail) - Australia

The Gulflander (Queensland Rail)
The Gulflander is an Australian passenger train operated by Queensland Rail on the isolated Normanton to Croydon line in the Gulf Country of northern Queensland.

The Gulflander History
Steam locomotives were used until 1922 when diesel railmotors were introduced.. By 1974 the line was under the threat of closure, earning just $3,000 in revenue but costing $64,000 to maintain.
Today the line exists as a tourist attraction and is said to be more an adventure than a train ride. The crews are qualified guides and will stop the train and talk about points of interest. The present three-car railmotor set of RM93 Gardner diesel railmotor and carriages TP1809 and TP1811 is known as "the old Tin Hare".
The Gulflander Service
The service runs once per week to Croydon on Wednesdays, returning to Normanton on Thursdays. Shorter charter services on most other days are also available.
The Gulflander Rollingstock
Thirteen power units have been used on the line. It is unusual that of the 13 units, 12 survive in one form or another and most are still in the region due mainly to its remoteness.
They Are As Follows:
  • A10 class steam locomotive 202, undergoing restoration to operational condition by Croydon Shire Council
  • A10 class steam locomotive 203, used as parts for the restoration of 202
  • A10 class steam locomotive 204, on display at Croydon station
  • B12 class steam locomotive 28, on display at Normanton station
  • B13 class steam locomotive 161, on display at Normanton station
  • B13 class steam locomotive 234, on display at Normanton station
  • RM14 Panhard-Levassor petrol railmotor, operated Gulflander 1923-1929, returned to Normanton for 120th anniversary in 2011, on display at Workshops Rail Museum
  • RM31 AEC petrol railmotor, operated Gulflander 1929-1945, eventual fate unknown
  • RM32 AEC petrol railmotor, operated Gulflander 1945-1960, on display at Normanton
  • RM60 AEC petrol railmotor, operated Gulflander 1960-1964, operational at Normanton
  • RM74 Gardner (formerly AEC) diesel railmotor, operated Gulflander 1964-1982, on display at Redland Museum, Cleveland
  • RM93 Gardner diesel railmotor, operational at Normanton station, arrived 1982, hauls present Gulflander
  • DL4 diesel-mechanical locomotive, arrived November 1988, operational at Normanton
  • TP1809 carriage, former PL1809 passenger/luggage trailer transferred to Normanton in 1980, forms present Gulflander
  • TP1811 carriage de-motored and reclassified RM1811, was the QR Commissioners Car throughout the 1980s before conversion and transfer to Normanton in 1991, forms present Gulflander
Gulflander Overview
Service Type: Passenger train
Current Operator(s): Queensland Rail
Route Start: Normanton
Route End: Croydon
Distance Travelled: 151 kilometres
Average Journey Time: 5 hours
Service Frequency: Weekly
Line Used: Normanton
Seating Arrangements: 59
Track Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

Gulflander Route Map
  • Normanton
  • Clarina
  • Glenore
  • Critter’s Camp
  • Crosswater
  • Haydon
  • R.M. Stop No.1
  • Blackbull
  • Ellavale
  • Golden Gate
  • Croydon


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