Tilt train Bundaberg
City of Rockhampton
Electric Tilt Train
In March 1993 Queensland Rail issued a tender for the construction of two electric six-carriage tilting trains. In October 1994 a contract was awarded to Walkers, Maryborough with Hitachi to supply the electrical and tilting equipment.
After an extensive program, on 6 November 1998 Australia's first pair of tilting trains entered service on the Spirit of Capricorn between Brisbane and Rockhampton. With a journey time of seven hours, they shaved over two hours from the schedule operated by InterCity Express sets.In July 1999 a second daily service was introduced between Brisbane and Bundaberg.
In May 1999 the Tilt Train set an Australian train speed record of 210 km/h (130 mph) north of Bundaberg, a record that still stands.
In 2006 the electric sets underwent an $8.3 million refurbishment program at Mayne depot.
Diesel Tilt Train
In August 1999 a contract was awarded to Walkers for two diesel tilting trains to operate services from Brisbane to Cairns. In contrast to the electric Tilt Train, the diesel Tilt Train is a push-pull locomotive based train, although the two are externally similar.
Following a derailment of the Diesel Tilt Train in November 2004 that injured 157 people, all Diesel Tilt Train services were limited to 100 km/h (62 mph) until track upgrades and the introduction of Automatic Train Protection allowed full speed operation to resume in June 2007.
In October 2010 Downer Rail was awarded a contract to build a further diesel tilt train with two power cars and 12 carriages to replace locomotive hauled stock on The Sunlander. The existing two diesel sets will be overhauled and extended to 10 carriages. All work will be performed in Maryborough. The first refurbished set entered service in October 2013.