Overland seats

 
  Travelling Hooker Locomotive Fireman

Location: Follows the weather up and down the coast
Hello

I'm going to do the Overland next week ADL - MEL.

I'm just wondering, should I crack the wallet and pay the extra hundred for the premium carriage. Is it worth the price difference ?

Red Class is only $69

Would appreciate your opinion if you've done the train recently

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  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Hello

I'm going to do the Overland next week ADL - MEL. I'm just wondering, should I crack the wallet and pay the extra hundred for the premium carriage. Is it worth the price difference ? Red Class is only $69
Travelling Hooker

NO! The seats are identical in both classes, and you run the same risk that a 'window seat' can be alongside a blank wall.

The leg room and seating is comparable to business class in an aeroplane and the only class difference is that there are four across in Red Kangaroo and three in Gold. The same Cafeteria/Lounge car serves both classes, and is a good place to spend some time taking a rest from sitting in your seat during the long journey. Each seat has a fold-away mini-table on which to rest refreshments brought back from the cafeteria.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

For the extra $100, all you get is a slightly longer seat pitch and the world's most expensive glass of orange juice in the morning.

Next week you'll also have the joy of being shoved off the train onto a bus between the halt at North Shore and Melbourne without any discount for the lower level of service. Before travelling, call GSR to get an assurance that the bus operator will accept the luggage you're planning on taking, if possible record the call 'for training purposes' (i.e. accountability) or at least note the date, time and name of the person you speak to. You don't want to be left with the choice of abandoning your luggage at North Shore or making your own way to Melbourne in a taxi if someone stuffs up and blames you for not checking instead of taking responsibility for their error.
  torrens5022 Junior Train Controller

You would hate to get stuck at North Shore, it's not a very nice looking are - and it's not very convenient to anywhere.  The overland is nice, the dinning car sells alcohol, the journey is quite long and delays happen a lot - when i went on it, it was a wet day and we had to wait somewhere in the hills for other trains to pass, which resulting in it taking over 3 hours to get to Murray Bridge from Adelaide.  The normal seats are quite big and roomy.
  SmAshmoto Beginner

Hello

I'm going to do the Overland next week ADL - MEL.

I'm just wondering, should I crack the wallet and pay the extra hundred for the premium carriage. Is it worth the price difference ?

Red Class is only $69

Would appreciate your opinion if you've done the train recently
Travelling Hooker

Seats in the Red class are not too bad. They're fairly similar seats to the ones you get in modern coach buses.

Don't know about Red Premium.
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Seats in the Red class are not too bad. They're fairly similar seats to the ones you get in modern coach buses.

Don't know about Red Premium.
SmAshmoto

They are very much better than coach seats. I travel between Adelaide and Melbourne by both modes of transport and my 85 year old body has had ample physical opportunity to judge their comparative comfort, width, and leg room.

I doubt strongly if SmAshmoto has ever travelled by either if what he says above is any criterion.

Go Red Kangaroo and save.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I have been in Red Premium but I've found the Red Class seats to be quite comfortable. In fact more comfortable than coaches or Countrylink. The trains main fault IMHO is that there isn't a lot in the way of food to purchase in the Cafeteria car, apart from that I've quite enjoyed my trips on the Overland.
  Travelling Hooker Locomotive Fireman

Location: Follows the weather up and down the coast
Just to follow up on my initial post.

I did the trip last Monday and based on the replies here, went the $69 route.

The interior of the train looked tired and shabby. Definitely needs a refresh. But the seat was comfortable (I has the two to myself the whole way) and there was ample leg room.

Food was fine and okay priced (though meal selection was limited). Drinks were expensive. So expensive I decided to have an alcohol free day. Unusual for me.

Attendant said there were about 115 people on board.

Transferred to a bus at North Shore. That was reasonably well organised. Got into Southern Cross 5 min ahead of schedule.

Have ticked it off and don't really feel the need to do it again.

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