Diesel Tilt Trains servicing Queensland
|In service||1997 to Present (electric)
2003 to Present (diesel)
EDI Rail (diesel)
|Number built||2 (electric)
|Number in service||2 (electric)
|Formation||6 cars (electric)
2 power + 7 cars (diesel)
|Maximum speed||160 km/h (99 mph) (service)
210 km/h (130 mph) (record)
|Power supply||Overhead lines or
Push-pull diesel locomotive
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Tilt Train is the name for two similar high speed tilting train services, one electric and the other diesel, operated by Queensland Rail along the coast of Queensland, from Brisbane, the state capital, through to regional centres Rockhampton and Cairns.
QR introduced Australia's first pair of tilting trains in 1997. The electric Tilt Trains have operated on the Brisbane to Rockhampton corridor since introduction, reducing transit time by around twenty per cent compared to the previous service.
After 1.5 million passenger journeys, in 2006 the two sets underwent an $8.3 million refurbishment program at Mayne depot in Brisbane, receiving new carpet, flooring, seat covers and curtains, LCD screens, new reading lights, upgraded audio-visual units, high visibility handrails, seat-back grab rails, and signage to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
The City of Maryborough set was overhauled and returned to revenue service, working Tilt Train #Q301 to Rockhampton on 4 May 2006; The City of Rockhampton set was withdrawn from service for overhaul the same day.
Following a derailment of the Cairns Tilt Train in November 2004, all Tilt Train services were limited to 100 km/h until track upgrades and the start of Automatic Train Protection allowed full speed operation to resume with a new timetable on 18 June 2007.
Diesel Tilt Train Power Car DTD 5404 performed Driver Training and Design Acceptance Testing of WESTECT ATP Version 25 on the North Coast line between Brisbane and Townsville from 30 March to 8 April 2006. The locomotive was permitted to operate at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the Brisbane suburban area, 160 km/h (99 mph) Caboolture to Rockhampton, and 100 km/h (62 mph) Rockhampton to Townsville in accordance with existing speed boards. ATP supervisory equipment was fitted to the locomotive during Driver Training and On-Track testing. During the ATP On-Track testing period a series of tests will be conducted including overspeed, signaling and rollaway.
Starting in 1997, the electric Tilt Train operates from Brisbane to Rockhampton. With a top service speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) (and a maximum achieved and Australian rail speed record of 210 km/h (130 mph) set in May 1999), and the ability to tilt five degrees in each direction, the Tilt Train became the fastest train in Australia. The train operates on the North Coast line and stops at major cities such as Gympie, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton. The electric Tilt Trains run in a multiple unit configuration.
The electric Tilt Train features 2x2 economy seating, and 1x2 business class seating, mainscreen visual entertainment along with in seat audio entertainment. Economy class passengers have a regular trolley service and a buffet style galley to purchase food from, while business class has a trolley service and passenger attendants to tend to the needs of business class passengers.
Development of a diesel Tilt Train that could operate to Cairns began in 1999. In contrast to the electric Tilt Train, the diesel Tilt Train is a push-pull locomotive based train, although the two are externally similar in design.
The diesel Tilt Train features a 1x2 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.
- Beattie, Peter (1 November 1998). "All aboard Australia's first Tilt Train". Ministerial Media Statements. Queensland Government.
- Bredhauer, Stephen (30 December 1998). "Australias Biggest Rail Investment". Ministerial Media Statements. Queensland Government.
- QR Limited (1999). 1998-1999 Annual Report. Brisbane, Queensland: QR Limited. p. 53.