IN THE SPIRIT: Ken and Iris Porter from Fraser Shores 2 get into the spirit for their free photo with Linda Wong from Queensland Rail at Stockland.
IN THE SPIRIT: Ken and Iris Porter from Fraser Shores 2 get into the spirit for their free photo with Linda Wong from Queensland Rail at Stockland. Alistair Brightman

New train roadshow offers holiday prize

SHOPPERS at Stockland Hervey Bay had a taste of the holiday life when Queensland Rail's Spirit Of Queensland roadshow came to town.

Yesterday, residents could get decked out in Queensland holiday gear and have a free photo taken or record a short video on what Queensland spirit means to them.

Participants then had the chance to win one of 10 holidays to selected destinations in Queensland aboard the new Spirit of Queensland train.

Travelling 1681km in just over 24 hours, the train will make two trips a week between Brisbane and Cairns.

The new train boasts an Australian first, the revolutionary RailBed.

The RailBed is a comfortable seat that includes an entertainment system and at night transforms into a flat bed.

A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said it was a great new train.

"We've decided we want to take this roadshow up the coast because our trains service the whole of Queensland," she said.

The first Spirit Of Queensland train will leave the station on October 28.

Two more join next year.



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