The Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR) will temporarily reduce from two to one daily return services from today, allowing for major locomotive maintenance to ensure ongoing safety and reliability.
Queensland Rail Head of Regional Jim Benstead said the locomotives undergo regular maintenance, however recent inspections identified additional work was required on some of the locomotives.
“Customer safety and the reliability of our fleet are the highest priority, which is why we are undertaking some additional maintenance works on KSR locomotives,” Mr Benstead said.
“This means from today (23 February 2021), Queensland Rail will temporarily operate just one daily return service – the 9.30am Cairns to Kuranda service and its return service at 3.30pm.
“Due to lower than usual patronage at the moment as a result of COVID-19, as well as the recent increase in accepted capacity onboard each service, we expect to still meet our usual weekday demand with this one return service per day.”
Mr Benstead apologised for the short notice regarding the change.
“Queensland Rail would like to apologise for the short notice of this change and thank our customers for their understanding while this vital work is underway.
“We will continue to work with industry partners to provide the great customer experience that Kuranda has on offer.”
Queensland Rail expects to return to the full KSR schedule in April 2021.