Spirit of Capricorn (Retired)

Spirit of Capricorn (Retired)

The Spirit of Capricorn was a long distance passenger rail service in Queensland, Australia, Operated by Queensland Rail between 1988 and May 24 2003.

Spirit of Capricorn Route

Commencing in 1988, the route was same as the Capricornian which had been suspended from overnight services the following year. This was because of the introduction of the Spirit of Capricorn which actually used the new InterCity Express multiple unit trains. The route ran from Roma Street Station to Rockhampton Station via many stations including Nambour, Gympie North, Bunaberg and Gladstone.

Spirit of Capricorn Demise

In 1993, The Capricornian was merged with the Midlander to form the Spirit of the Outback which ran all the way to Longreach Railway Station. Due to this, the Spirit of Capricorn became the only train operating directly between Rockhampton and Brisbane. In 1998, Queensland Rail introduced the Electric Tilt Train service which ran between the Rockhampton and Brisbane. Due to this, the Spirit of Capricorn services were reduced. In 2003, with the introduction of the Diesel Tilt Train service, the Spirit of Capricorn was suspended. The InterCity Express trains were instead used the Sunshine Coast Line.

Spirit of Capricorn Overview

Spirit of Capricorn In Service:
1988 to May 24 2003
Spirit of Capricorn Manufacturer: Walkers
Spirit of Capricorn Built At: Maryborough
Spirit of Capricorn Replaced: 24 May 2004
Spirit of Capricorn Entered Service: 1988-2003
Spirit of Capricorn Number Built: 20 carriages
Spirit of Capricorn Number in Service: 20 carriages
Spirit of Capricorn Formation: 4-6 carriage sets
Spirit of Capricorn Fleet Numbers: 151-158
Spirit of Capricorn Operator(s): Queensland Rail
Spirit of Capricorn Line(s) Served: North Coast
Spirit of Capricorn Maximum Speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Spirit of Capricorn Track Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)


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