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Queensland Rail
Industry Railway operator
When it was created 31 July 1865
Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Area served Queensland
Key people Nick Easy (CEO)
Money earned $1,881 million (2016/17)
Operating income $325 million (2016/17)
Net income $101 million (2016/17)
Employees 6,520 (June 2017)
Parent Queensland Government
Website queenslandrail.com.au

Queensland Rail, also known as QR, is a railway operator in Queensland, Australia. Owned by the Queensland Government, it operates suburban and long-distance passenger services, as well as owning and maintaining approximately 6,600 kilometres of track.

QR also was responsible for all Queensland freight services and from 2002 operated interstate services under the Australian Railroad Group, Interail and QR National brands. These were all spun out into a separate entity in July 2010 and later privatised as Aurizon.

Fleet

Class Image Type Top speed (km/h) Built Number of units Routes operated Notes
City network fleet
EMU00 EMU26.jpg Electric multiple unit 100 1979–1987 40 (September 2019) City network (except Interurban services) Currently being progressively retired since 2018. More than half of the fleet (including units 60–79) has been withdrawn.
ICE150 ICE156 Roma Street.jpg Electric multiple unit 120 1988–1989 4 (August 2019) City network (Gympie North services only) Currently being progressively retired since 2018. Units 151, 153, 157 and 158 have been withdrawn from service; spare parts from withdrawn units are being used to keep current ones running.
SMU200 208Springfield.jpg Electric multiple unit 100 1994–1995 11 City network (except Interurban services)
IMU100 IMU103105.jpg Electric multiple unit 140 1996–1997 10 City network
SMU220 224Gailes.jpg Electric multiple unit 100 1999–2001 30 City network (except Interurban services)
IMU120 IMU122123.jpg Electric multiple unit 140 2001 4 City network
IMU160 IMU 184.jpg Electric multiple unit 130 2006–2011 28 City network
SMU260 266Corinda.jpg Electric multiple unit 130 2008–2011 35 City network
NGR700 NewGeneration710.jpg Electric multiple unit 140 2015–present 70 (September 2019) City network (except Ferny Grove, Beenleigh, Rosewood & Sunshine Coast lines) 75 on order.
Locomotive fleet
1720 class Kuranda Scenic Railway Cairns.JPG Diesel locomotive 100 1966–1970 15 Kuranda Scenic Railway, Traveltrain services and infrastructure trains. Ususally used as a non-driving unit on Traveltrain services.
2150 class Diesel locomotive 100 1966–1970 6 Traveltrain services and infrastructure trains.
2400 class Diesel locomotive 100 1966–1970 5 Traveltrain services and infrastructure trains.
2470 class Diesel locomotive 100 1980–1983 5 Traveltrain services and infrastructure trains.
Traveltrain fleet
Electric Tilt Train TiltTrainMaryWest.jpg Tilting electric multiple unit 160 1997 2 North Coast line (as far as Rockhampton)
Diesel Tilt Train Cairns-tilt-train.JPG Tilting diesel multiple unit 160 2003, 2014 3 North Coast line
Tourist train fleet
DL class DL4 at Normanton, July 1991.jpg Diesel locomotive 50 1961 1 DL4 used as backup for the Gulflander's RM 93.
45 hp rail motor Railmotor60.jpg Railmotor 40 1931 1 RM60 based at Normanton, used for charters.
102 hp rail motor Railmotor93.jpg Railmotor 50 1950 1 Gulflander RM93 based at Normanton, used for weekly Gulflander service. RM93 was converted to the General Manager's Inspection Car for the Central Division in 1972. It was then modifed back to full railmotor seating capacity in 1981, and arrived in Normanton in 1982.   
1800 class Railmotor93.jpg Railmotor (trailers) 50 1952–1954 2 Gulflander RM1809 is used on the Gulflander tourist railway as a trailer car. RM1811 was orginally designated as RM1811, meaning it was a power car. It was formerly used as the commissioner's car and has upgraded suspension to this day.
Heritage fleet
A10 class A10 No.6 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Steam locomotive 40 1865–1866 2 No. 6 operational, Australia's oldest operational steam locomotive. Usually placed on display at the Workshops Rail Museum when not required for special trains. No. 3 lasted in service until 1914, and has been retained for preservation and displayed at several locations; it is currently being restored to operation at the Workshops Rail Museum.
B13 class Steam locomotive 112 1883-1895 1 No. 48 located in a storage shed at the Workshops Rail Museum and awaits removal of boiler lagging and repainting before it can be publicly displayed.
B15 class Steam locomotive 98 1889-1899 1 No. 290 located in a storage shed at the Workshops Rail Museum. It is awaiting removal of boiler lagging and repainting before it can be publicly displayed.
PB15 class PB15 732 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Steam locomotive 65 1899–1926 2 No. 732 being overhauled. No. 444 now displayed at the entrance to the Ipswich Railway Workshops Museum.
B13 1/2 class Steam locomotive 6 1904-1905 1 No. 398 known as Pompey is now on display at The Workshops Rail Museum.
C17 class Steam locomotive 80 1920–1953 3 No. 974 operational (currently on hire to Mary Valley Rattler). No. 1000 being restored to working order. No. 2 located in a storage shed at Workshops Rail Museum awaiting removal of boiler lagging and repainting before it can be publicly displayed.
C19 class Steam locomotive 26 1922-1935 1 No. 700 located in a storage shed at Workshops Rail Museum awaiting removal of boiler lagging and repainting before it can be publicly displayed.
B18¼ class Steam locomotive 83 1926-1947 1 No. 771 located in a storage shed at Workshops Rail Museum awaiting removal of boiler lagging and repainting before it can be publicly displayed.
DL class DL1 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Diesel locomotive 50 1939 1 On display at the Workshops Rail Museum. Queensland's first diesel locomotive.
AC16 class Steam locomotive 80 1943 1 No. 221A having boiler tubes replaced. (USATC S118 Class)
DD17 class DD17 1051 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Steam locomotive 80 1948–1952 1 No. 1051 is currently undertaking heavy overhaul including brakes, boiler and cabin.
Beyer-Garratt Steam locomotive 80 1950–1951 1 No. 1009 stored. Restoration aborted due to insufficent parts, tools, workers and money.
BB18¼ class Queensland BB18¼ class locomotive.jpg Steam locomotive 80 1950–1958 2 No. 1079 operational. No. 1089 under light overhaul.
1150 class Diesel locomotive 80 1952 1 1159 stored pending restoration.
1400 class Diesel locomotive 80 1955 1 1407 stored pending restoration.
1170 class 1170 - Redbank - 17 August 1988.jpg Diesel locomotive 80 1956 1 1170 stored pending restoration.
1900 class QR 1900 class railmotor passing thru Darra during the opening of the electrification of the railway line.jpg Railmotor 80 1956 1 1901 operational, also used as inspection and hired tourist vehicles.
2000 class Savannahlander.jpg Railmotor 80 1956–1971 6 2034 and 2036 operational, also used as inspection and hired tourist vehicles. 2057 is awaiting mainline certification before being re-introduced into the operational QR Heritage fleet with some new modifications; including Disabled Access and Toilet facilities. 2005, 2024 and 2031 are currently stored.
1450 class Diesel locomotive 80 1957 3 1450, 1455 and 1459 stored pending restoration.
1250 class 1262 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Diesel locomotive 80 1959 1 1262 on display at Workshops Rail Museum.
SX carriages Passenger car 80 1961–1962 7 Formed into one 7-car set. Currently under light restoration to replace floors. A second set is also on site.
1600 class Diesel locomotive 80 1962 1 1603 stored pending restoration.
1700 class Diesel locomotive 12 1963 1 1710's cab used as a driving simulator at the Workshops Rail Museum.
1460 class Diesel locomotive 80 1964 1 1461 operational.
1270 class 1281 Workshops Rail Museum.JPG Diesel locomotive 80 1964 2 1270 stored pending restoration. 1281 is on display at the Workshops Rail Museum.
DH class Diesel locomotive 50 1966 2 DH2 and DH71 stored.
1620 class Diesel locomotive 80 1967 1 1620 operational.
Special cars
Vice-Regal Car 80 1903 1 Car 445 is a special saloon retained for use by the Governor of Queensland and is still considered a working item of rollingstock in the QR fleet, however it is on permanent loan to Workshops Rail Museum.

This table only includes locomotives owned by Queensland Rail. QR also hires locomotives from Aurizon as required.


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