DOWNER EDi staff are on track to complete two more Spirit of Queensland tilt trains, as part of a $200 million State Government project
Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern inspected progress of construction under way at Downer workshops in Maryborough and said the trains would be complete later this year.
"Spirit of Queensland fleet will comprise of three world-class tilt trains which will boost regional rail travel and tourism across the state," Mrs Maddern said.
"The project will reach a major milestone in April when all carriages of the new train will be coupled for the first time to test the electrical components throughout the entire consist."
The first Spirit of Queensland train was launched in October last year.
Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said the government was proud to support the local region through this project, as well as boosting tourism in the area, with more than 69,000 long distance rail customers stopping in Maryborough in the past financial year.
"Refurbishment of the existing tilt train is also ahead of schedule with the strip out of the existing carriages under way in preparation for installation of new seating and infotainment systems," Mr Minnikin said. "The fleet will give visitors to Queensland a modern way to experience the coastline by rail, offering state-of-the-art facilities including revolutionary lie-flat rail beds and personal entertainment systems."
The second train will be launched in October and the third and final train will be launched in December.