Who provides the rail service between Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane?
The rail service is provided by CountryLink
Their site provides timetables fares etc.
I catch a train from Melbourne through to Brisbane without having to
change trains in Sydney?
No, unfortunately. Such a service has been contemplated for the last 100
years or more. Maybe one day it will happen. For the time being, you need
to catch a CountryLink train to Sydney. Then change for another
CountryLink train to Brisbane.
3. Can I take a
battery powered short wave/FM radio on the train?
Good question. Yes you certainly can. Unlike airplanes, trains don't have
sensitive navigation equipment that radios can interfere with. Also
suggest you take some earphones. also the reception in many places is not
4. Can I take my mobile phone and use it on
Yes you can. You can have radios, mobile phones, CD players etc on and
working from the time you board the train right to the end of your
journey. The good thing is that you don't have to turn them off every time
the train arrives and leaves a station.
5. Is there an ATM machine on board.
No there isn't. Take some cash with you.
6. Is there a Movie screen and TV on board.
Not on the trains between Sydney and Melbourne. This helps to keep
the old fashioned romantic feel of rail travel. You'll be able to
experience travel just like your baby boomer parents did. Back in those
days before the internet, mobile phones etc, people actually sat around on
trains and talked to one another - amazing!
7.With no TV or movies, I'd expect CountryLink to
provide some magazines like the airlines do. Am I right?
Country Link does have its own in house magazine like the airlines do.
Apart from that, you might be lucky to find an old copy of Time magazine
that some other passenger has left behind. It has always been a tradition
in rail travel to buy yourself a magazine at the station before departure.
8. I've just recently immigrated to Australia.
Can I get a vegetarian meal like I do on the airplanes.
Yes. You'll need to inform CountryLink 48 hours before departure.
9. What sort of food does the snack bar sell?
Good Aussie tucker. Pies, scones, Cherry Ripes, cups 'a' tea etc. They
also provide cooked lunches and dinners.
10. Can I get an alcoholic beverage on board?
Yes, you can. Beer and wine are available. The beer may be watered down to
stop you from getting drunk. Only light beer is sold on certain trains.
11. Do the trains have sleeping accommodation?
12. Is there a shower
Yes. For sleeping class passengers only.
13. Is there anywhere
on the train I can smoke.
Certainly not. Smoking is banned on
all trains in Australia.
14. Does the train
make a stop occasionally so that I can get out, stretch my legs and have a
Yes. But to keep to the timetable, stops
are short lived. You'll know when a smoking stop is approaching as half
the carriage will jump out of their seats and head for the door.
15. Can I get a through train from Sydney to
No. You need to change trains in Brisbane and catch another train, run by a different company in a different state.
The Brisbane to Cairns trains are run by TravelTrain
which is a part of QR
16. Why doesn't Australia have one company and
one gauge to cover the whole country like Amtrak
. Wouldn't that be simpler.
That's a good idea.
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This site last updated April 17th 2001