MBL1513 - Second Class Sitting Car

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A railway carriage with two bogies, painted in silver overall with maroon and yellow strips on the side. The carriage is a Queensland Rail Second Class Sitting Car and was used on the Sunlander service (Brisbane to Cairns) from the mid 1950s until 2014. The car has vinyl floor coverings and 52 seats in 2 & 2 configuration. There are luggage racks on both ends of the car.
TRANSPORT Railways railway vehicles
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L16561 x W2743 x H3709mm
Weight 32700 (kg)
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(Logo) Queensland Rail
MBL \ 1513 \ 32.7t \ RB
History and use
MBL 1513
Second Class Sitting Car
Built by Commonwealth Engineering, Rocklea. Delivered November, 1954.
The cost on delivery was £36,227 ($72,454). Fitted with automatic couplers.
Steel bodied passenger carriage fitted with air conditioning and fluorescent lights throughout. These carriages are generally referred to as M Series Cars being derived from the first letter of the carriage class. This car is carried on two four-wheel bogies fitted with Timken roller bearings. The M Series were the first steel air-conditioned carriages in service in Queensland being designed for use on the ‘Lander trains then being introduced. The ‘Lander trains were as follows –
Sunlander – Brisbane to Cairns; Inlander – Townsville to Mount Isa; Midlander – Rockhampton to Winton; Westlander – Brisbane to Cunnamulla.
MBL 1513 had a centre aisle with thirteen rows of double seats on either side of the aisle. Capacity was 52 passengers. There was a toilet and a small luggage rack suitable for suit cases in the vestibule located at either end of the carriage. The car has end doors enabling a walk-through when coupled in a train. The car has two external access doors with one on the end of each side diagonally opposite the other.
This car was generally used on the Sunlander service operating between Brisbane and Cairns.
MBL 1513 was stored at Ipswich Railway Workshops during May 2015 as the locomotive hauled air-conditioned cars were being phased out in favour of the new diesel tilt-train service.
When MBL1513 first entered service in 1954 it was painted white with a grey roof. There was a broad band of blue above the carriage windows to the roof with a yellow stripe just below the windows. It was painted all over silver with a broad maroon band containing a yellow stripe just below the carriage windows during subsequent rebuilds.
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