MAS 1492 - First Class Sleeping 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 First Class Sleeping Car and was used on the Sunlander service (Brisbane to Cairns) from the mid 1950s until 2014. The car has maroon carpet, seven bunk bed compartments, two lavatories and a shower.
TRANSPORT Railways railway vehicles
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L16967 x W2743 x H3709mm
Weight 34900 (kg)
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(Logo) Queensland Rail
MAS \ 1492 \ 34.90t \ RB \ PARACRYL 2pk
History and use
MAS 1492
First Class Sleeping Car
Built by Commonwealth Engineering, Rocklea. Delivered 28 November 1953
The cost on delivery was £42,845 ($85,690). 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
This car contains seven compartments each sleeping two people on fold-down bunks or seating two people when bunks were folded up during the day. The car has a corridor along one side with a sliding door to each compartment to ensure privacy for the occupants.
There is a toilet at either end of the car – with one male and one female. A shower compartment is provided at one end. 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. It was refurbished at Ipswich Railway Workshops entering service April 1992 and named The Matthew Flinders, for use on the up-market Queenslander train service replacing one Sunlander service on the Brisbane to Cairns route. The Queenslander service fare included meals and other benefits. The Queenslander train ceased operating in December 2002. The Queenslander carriages were incorporated as part of the Sunlander in April 2003 with the First Class carriages being renamed Queenslander Class.
MAS 1492 was derailed in the El Arish – Silkwood section of the North Coast Line on 11 February 1979 and was also damaged by fire in the shower compartment at Monkland on the North Coast Line on 9 October 1980 being repaired and returned to service each time. MAS 1492 was stored at Ipswich Railway Workshops in June 2015.
When MAS1492 first entered service in 1953 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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