Carriage E Carriage E is the first of the Economy Seat carriages. It has nine rows of Economy Seats followed by Accessible Seats and Spaces. There are 32 Economy Seats and 3 Accessible Spaces. There are two seats on each side of the carriage, except in the last two rows where there are single seats on the windows. Seats are numbered from 8 to 43, with Seat 8 at the trailing end of the carriage and Seat 43 at the front (near the Café). Accessible Spaces are numbered 1, 3 and 9 and are located at the trailing end of the carriage. These spaces can be used to travel in, or store, a mobility device such as a wheelchair or scooter.
We will explore the Accessible Seats and Spaces first. Accessible Seats are numbered 8 and 11 and are located at the trailing end of the carriage. The aisle width between Accessible Seats 8 and 11 is 1650mm.
A nearby Economy Seat is included in the booking of an Accessible Economy Seat or Space for eligible carers if you require support from a carer during your journey. Accessible Seats have the same features as other Economy Seats and also have armrests that can raise to help facilitate transfers if needed.
Accessible Space 1 is at the trailing end of the carriage. It is 1150mm wide and 1900mm long. It is on the right hand side in the direction of travel. Accessible Space 3 is on the left-hand side in the direction of travel. It is 550mm wide and 2100mm long. Note that there is no space labelled number 2.
Accessible Spaces 1 and 3 have access to an entertainment screen, a seat pocket containing a safety card and a passenger emergency button to alert the Onboard team that assistance is required. A portable staff call button and reading light are also provided in Accessible Spaces 1 and 3.
Accessible Space 9 is on the right-hand side in the direction of travel. The space is 550mm wide and 1200mm long. This Accessible Space has access to an entertainment screen and a portable passenger emergency button to alert the Onboard team that assistance is required. Note that there are no Accessible Spaces labelled between 4 and 7.
For safety reasons, it is recommended that mobility devices are secured using tie down straps. We ask that customers let our team know their preference when booking or on the day of travel. If using tie-down straps, the Onboard team can secure or release these when the train is stationary throughout the journey.
The Economy Seats can recline and include:
- tray table
- armrests which can be raised
- entertainment screen
- headphone port
- USB charging port
- reading light
- power point.
The seat number is displayed above each seat, including in braille, just below the opening for the overhead luggage compartment.
An onboard entertainment system is provided for customers with music, tv shows and movies. Closed captions are provided on much of the entertainment content. The system is controlled via a panel located in the arm of the seat and visual content is displayed on a screen in the seat back, while the audio is heard through headphones which are supplied.
There is information provided in the seat pocket including a safety card, menu, entertainment guide and headphones. A braille safety card is available for people who are blind and have requested assistance in the booking process. A motion sickness bag is also provided for personal use as required.
The Economy Seats in the first row of the leading end of Carriage E are slightly different to other seats in this carriage. The footrest is attached to the wall (as opposed to retracting from the seat in front) and the Onboard team will assist to install a tray table when required.
Seats 40 and 43 may be booked for customers travelling with an assistance animal. There is enough floor space alongside these seats to comfortably accommodate the animal. These seats are located at the leading end of the carriage.
The aisle width between the seats is 485mm. Grab rails are available on the top of each seat to help you move around the carriage safely. Passenger information display screens are at one end of each carriage. These screens show the next station and whether the toilet facilities are occupied or vacant. Audio announcements are made throughout the journey including information about the next station. A hearing loop is available for announcements.
Passenger emergency buttons to alert the Onboard team that assistance is needed and emergency stop handles to stop the train in extreme circumstances are located in the ceiling at both ends of Carriage E.
To move out of the seating area of Carriage E and towards the area where the shower and toilets are located, press the ‘Open door’ button (braille signage included), on the left of the door and at approximately waist-level. The door will slide open. There are luggage racks available for carry-on items.
There is a unisex toilet that also contains a basin and hand wash, a mirror, a baby change table, an emergency button and a power point. The narrowest point of the corridor is 800mm. There is a filtered water fountain in the corridor next to the unisex toilet. Grab rails are available for safety.
The accessible unisex bathroom is at the end of Carriage E. This bathroom features:
- a toilet with a height of 470mm
- a hand basin
- a mirror
- a shower which is height adjustable; the shower has a seat that is 470mm high, 750mm long and 370mm wide
- a body wash dispenser
- an emergency button
- and a power point.
The entry door to the accessible bathroom opens with the press of a button and is 780mm wide when open. There is braille signage on the left of the door and buttons on both sides. The door can be closed by pressing the ‘close’ button on the wall on the right as you enter the toilet, under the grab rail, and a lock lever must be turned. The bathroom floor width is 1500mm and the length is 2200mm.
At the trailing end of Carriage E, there are doors to join and leave the train. These doors are 840mm wide. Next we’ll move through the gangway from Carriage E into Carriage F. To enter this carriage, press the ‘open door’ button on the left at approximately shoulder height and which includes braille signage.
Carriage F Carriage F is another Economy Seat carriage. It has 13 rows with 51 seats in total. There are two seats on each side of the carriage, except for the back row where there is a single seat on one side and two on the other. The seats are numbered from 1 to 51. Seat 1 is at the trailing end of the carriage and seat 51 is at the front (nearer to Carriage E).
The seats and features in Carriage F are the same as those in Carriage E. However, there are no Accessible Seats or Spaces in Carriage F and it does not have an accessible bathroom. Instead, there are two unisex toilets on one side and a shower on the other. The toilets have baby change tables. The unisex shower has body wash, a mirror, a fold down chair, an emergency button and a power point.
At the end of Carriage F there are entry and exit doors leading to the platform and a gangway leading into Carriage G.
Carriage G Carriage G is the last carriage of the Spirit of Queensland and has Economy Seats. It has exactly the same layout as Carriage F.
That brings us to the end of the descriptive tour of the Spirit of Queensland. We hope you found it useful to assist with planning your journey and look forward to welcoming you on board soon!