QUEENSLAND Rail’s iconic Sunlander celebrated 60 years carrying Queensland families and tourists between Brisbane and Cairns and to all points in between earlier this week.
On June 4, 1953, the then revolutionary Sunlander, hauled by a new, diesel electric locomotive, was introduced to replace steam trains which operated along the coastline of Queensland.
Since then more than 3 million people have travelled on the service.
Queensland Rail’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jim Benstead, said: “Over the past six decades, The Sunlander has built a world-wide reputation and is one of the top 25 rail journeys in the world”
“The Sunlander has served Queensland well as an important link between coastal communities,” Mr Benstead said.
“Times have changed, but customers still know they will get fantastic scenery, comfort, great food, and a unique experience whenever they step on board,” he said.
Birthday celebrations were held at Roma Street, Townsville and Cairns stations for customers travelling on The Sunlander.
“I’d like to thank all the customers and staff we’ve had travel and work on board The Sunlander over the past six decades – these are the people who have contributed to the special memories and to an important chapter in Queensland’s Rail history.”
For the month of June, Queensland Rail Travel is offering special fares to celebrate the 60th birthday.
Customers travelling on The Sunlander during June can enjoy 60 per cent off adult economy fares, with prices starting at $107.60 for a trip between Brisbane and Cairns.