Region's tilt trains mark milestone, rack up kilometres
THE region's tilt trains have marked a mega milestone.
The trains, which pass through Gladstone, Miriam Vale and Mt Larcom, have each clocked up five million kilometres since starting their travels in 1998.
Queensland Rail operates the Rockhampton- and Bundaberg-bound trains, which stop at regional centres on their daily journeys.
The trains carry more than 200,000 people a year on the Rockhampton and Bundaberg lines.
Each train has 283 seats.
During the past 16 years the trains have made more than 3.7 million journeys, covering an average of 990 kilometres each day and about 350,000 kilometres a year per train.
Customer service executive general manager Alison Crosby said the trains travelled at up to 160kmh.
"The tilt trains are among our most popular long-distance services because they give locals and visitors the chance to escape with ease to the central coast of Queensland," Ms Crosby said.
"One of the biggest attractions of the service is its ability to tilt up to five degrees in each direction and travel up to 160kmh, getting customers to their destinations safely and on time."
Ms Crosby said the trains helped keep regional communities going.
"In the last financial year we had more than 185,000 passenger journeys on the Rockhampton tilt train, stopping at all regional points in between including Gympie, Maryborough, Howard, Bundaberg, Miriam Vale, Gladstone and Mt Larcom."
AT A GLANCE
- The trains pass through Gladstone, Miriam Vale and Mt Larcom.
- Each has clocked up five million kilometres.
- Trips started in 1998.
- They have six passenger cars.
- They carry more than 200,000 people a year.
- They have made 3.7 million journeys.
- They travel an average 990km each day and about 350,000km a year.