The new Governor-General catches the Inlander

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Governor-General David Hurley and wife Linda, in one of their first official duties since entering the office 11-days ago, visited Cloncurry on Thursday and were to travel on the Inlander from Cloncurry to Julia Creek last night. They had spent the day in Cloncurry seeing the Stockman's Challenge equestrian events and helping out at the Lions Club sausage sizzle. The Inlander was due out of Cloncurry at 5.45pm, and due to arrive in Julia Creek at 8.55pm. It has been a very long time since a long distance QR service has seen a Vice Regal entourage.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Do we know if the train included any specialist carriages or was it a standard service they traveled on?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I would love to read their trip report.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

I could get to like the bloke! (Someone get all the State cars out of storage, the man’s a train buff...)
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR operated a set of airconditioned VIP carriages during the 1980s and 1990s built from modified M series carriages. One car had rear facing solarium windows and the set was painted silver with green striping. This set didn't survive long enough to see the QR-Aurizon split in 2010.

Other than preserved non-airconditioned vintage wooden rollingstock QR has no other special airconditioned carriages available for workings such as this Inlander trip.
  GS4 Train Controller

(Someone get all the State cars out of storage, the man’s a train buff...)
potatoinmymouth
They've got what now ???
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

Surprised to hear the cars are no longer. I often saw them parked in the platform at Townsville. They were very smart looking and I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of them. They always had the blinds turned down.
  GS4 Train Controller

Surprised to hear the cars are no longer. I often saw them parked in the platform at Townsville. They were very smart looking and I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of them. They always had the blinds turned down.
neillfarmer
Oh wait , do you mean any of the old commissioners cars ?
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Perhaps this David Hurley might be related to Adrian Hurley who works (or perhaps worked) for QR and owns his own rolling stock including DH45. I know Adrian has a brother David, but it isn't him...
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

Surprised to hear the cars are no longer. I often saw them parked in the platform at Townsville. They were very smart looking and I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of them. They always had the blinds turned down.
Oh wait , do you mean any of the old commissioners cars ?
GS4
Could be. They were M style cars and obviously kept in an immaculate condition. Do they still exist? It has been 30 years since I last saw them.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Surprised to hear the cars are no longer. I often saw them parked in the platform at Townsville. They were very smart looking and I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of them. They always had the blinds turned down.
Oh wait , do you mean any of the old commissioners cars ?
Could be. They were M style cars and obviously kept in an immaculate condition. Do they still exist? It has been 30 years since I last saw them.
neillfarmer

I'm fairly sure they were stripped and scrapped in the 2000s. I'd always thought the solarium/observation car would have made a fantastic addition to one of the long distance trains, and today it would certainly suit the current Westlander or Inlander sets.
  GS4 Train Controller

I am definitely no expert on these cars but I think this may be one of the older ones , not an M ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/72538521@N02/35689823490/

It ended up at Beaudesert Rail and was added into their fleet.  Obviously it left there soon after.  I have no idea where it went.  The interior (pre Beaudesert Rail) was not at all luxurious as the outside styling may have suggested.  

Some BR cars ended up at Mary Valley in Gympie.

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