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Interior of a Grandstand Carriage Train at Cairns 12 November 1940
Interior of a Grandstand Carriage Train at Cairns 12 November 1940

Kuranda Train Grandstand Carriages

Updated: 31-Jul-2013

In 1936 Kuranda Train Carriages 506, 507 and 533 were completely rebuilt at the Ipswich Workshops.

During the rebuild large 3’6 scenic glass windows we installed along one side of the carriage. A lavatory at one end and two rows of longitudinal tiered seating were fitted allowing passengers an unrestricted view of the rainforest, gorge and coastal plains skirted by the Coral Seas’ of the South Pacific Ocean on the climb up the Kuranda Range.

Carriage no 507 was fitted with a small commentary cabinet at one end combined with a public address system throughout the other carriages. A running commentary of the surrounding attractions was provided on the journey.The carriages were normally run in a three car set combination with an additional conventional carriage, normally No 440 attached.

The train was known as the “Grandstand Train” and proved so popular that in 1938, a further “Grandstand” carriage No 534 was provided.

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