Those two tourist services each way each day to Kuranda would help bump up passenger numbers
Yep, I would have said the
Electric Tilt train pulls in around 900 - 1100 a day
CTT 400 - 500 a day, the route is so long they probably get a number of seats used twice.
Kuranda - 400 - 500 a day
SOTO equivalent of less than 50 a day on average
Inlander and Westlander combined 20 a day on average combined.
Its likely the corridor to Bundy is in desperate need of an additional service and its been said for nearly 20 years the Qld govt when cheap on the RTT in only buying 2 sets and left themselves zero redundancy in the process. When the sets are in for major overall the aging 'lander cars which two locos to try and get close to the timetable are rolled out. They would be better off using an IMU to Bundy and leave the other RTT set to do Rocky.
Anyway, a 3rd ETT is needed and Rocky deserves 2 return services a day with a 3rd service to Bundy. Question of course, it won't be or unlikely to be an ETT as we know it as these trains are now 20 years old, but similar.