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Finally!!!

Train back to full tilt

SPEEDS of up to 160km/h will be reached on rail journeys along the Queensland coast next month when tilt train services return to full speed.

The trains have been travelling at slower speed since The City of Townsville tilt train derailed in November 2004, leaving more than 120 people injured.

City of Townsville will also make its return to the tilt train schedule on June 15, the fourth anniversary of the first tilt train service between Brisbane and Cairns. It has taken about three years for the trains to return to their pre-crash top speed.

After the crash, Queensland Rail set about implementing a series of safety recommendations.

They included fitting the entire fleet with operational automatic train protection systems, which automatically stop or slow a train if the driver has ignored a stop signal or curve speed restriction.

An investigation into the 2004 crash found the tilt train was travelling at almost twice the recommended speed limit for the stretch of rail it was travelling near Bundaberg.

Traveltrain Holidays general manager Wayne Carlson said yesterday that there had been a robust and extensive process to reintroduce the tilt train fleet to normal speeds.

"We have also been committed to focusing on the recovery of the tilt train services to their pre-2004 levels and to delivering attractive holiday options and a world-class travel experience," Mr Carlson said.

Even though the trains will be clear to speed up after June 15, Mr Carlson said the existing arrival and departure times in Cairns would remain as an extra safety precaution.

Lifting the speed restrictions from 100km/h to 160km/h is expected to cut 25 minutes off the journey time from Brisbane to Bundaberg.
 

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I don't see why it has taken so long to get back up to speed. The problem was drivers not doing their jobs properly in the first place, surely it would have been safe the next day, if drivers had just followed the rules. No need for a 3 year delay. Now they are spending millions for a system to do what the driver should be doing anyway.

Queensland isn't suited to long distance rail travel, 160 kmph isn't really that much for a modern train, yet they carry on like it's the bullet train. The track isn't suited for fast running and I'd be curious to know for how much of the journey it is actually doing the "amazing" 160 speed.
 

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Although they are continually straightening the track. They are doing huge improvements from Caboolture to Landsborough.

The train is good for those trips where taking a plane is freaking expensive, such as if you are leaving or going to towns such as Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Town of 1770/Agnes Waters, Home Hill, Ayr, Innisfail, Ingham, Cardwell...The list goes on.

When they straighten the trcken to Landsborough I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get to Bundaberg quicker in the Tilt Train than in a car.
 

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Although they are continually straightening the track. They are doing huge improvements from Caboolture to Landsborough.

The train is good for those trips where taking a plane is freaking expensive, such as if you are leaving or going to towns such as Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Town of 1770/Agnes Waters, Home Hill, Ayr, Innisfail, Ingham, Cardwell...The list goes on.

When they straighten the trcken to Landsborough I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get to Bundaberg quicker in the Tilt Train than in a car.
They really do need to straighten the line right up to cairns. The reason the train is still 25 hours to cairns is that after rockhampton the tilt train is now not allowed to go round corners any faster then freight trains (where has the advertised 25% speed advantage gone) and after townsville it is now limited to 80km/h.

What a crock of shit. The train is not that fast in the first place and now they are cutting off its legs
 

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Although they are continually straightening the track. They are doing huge improvements from Caboolture to Landsborough.
The realignment + duplication past Caboolture is more aimed at interurban improvments, as well as time savings + easing of congestion. This enables Citytrain to increase services on the North Coast line past Caboolture and to reduce the amount of extra railbuses running atm.

QR would like to run more services up the Sunshine Coast hinterland, but current lack of capacity had Citytrain resort to running railbuses, as well as operating train services.
 
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