railbed-001_283x210Queensland Rail Travel is embarking on a new era in long distance travel and is pleased to introduce the “Spirit of Queensland”.

Queensland Government Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Honourable Scott Emerson officially announced today the name “Spirit of Queensland” for the new tilt trains that will travel along the east coast of Queensland.

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The new Spirit of Queensland combines modern seating and entertainment options for travel between Brisbane and Cairns. Queensland Rail Travel is extremely excited to launch an Australian first, our revolutionary RailBeds, a spacious and comfortable seat by day which converts to a lie-flat bed for overnight travel. In additional to the innovative RailBed, the Spirit of Queensland also introduces full leather Premium Economy seats.

The Spirit of Queensland is available for sale now, travelling twice weekly in each direction from Monday 28th October 2013. By late 2014 two additional tilt trains will be delivered allowing the Spirit of Queensland to operate six times weekly in each direction. Click here for the timetable (PDF, 191KB)

With the introduction of the Spirit of Queensland, the Tilt Train between Brisbane and Cairns will no longer operate. Existing bookings for the Cairns Tilt Train from 28 Oct 13 will be transferred across to the Spirit of Queensland. Reservations will be in contact over the coming weeks to confirm these changes.

Visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au for the latest information on the new fleet.