Kim Thurlow's Album of the Queensland steam era - Sunshine Route Coaches - 1

This photo was taken at Bundaberg in Easter 1963 while I was on a break from a road survey job to the west of Moura. I was staying at the hotel, which overlooked the railway station.

These coaches were parked in the yard, so I am not sure for which particular train they were then used. I believe there was a Bundaberg Mail which left Brisbane about 6.30pm, dropped passengers for Gympie and Maryborough (at about 12.30am in the morning), then arrived in Bundaberg at about 2.30am. Were sleeper passengers aloud to lie in till day-break?

This 1st class car is Number 1233, exterior of tuscan red, interior of polished Queensland maple and other local timbers. It had V jointed match-board sides, electric lighting, and bunks one up and one down in transverse compartments, with a corridor down one side. Corridor gangways, with rain and side cover of canvas, were used to allow access from coach to coach. Sheets, pillows and blankets were supplied, each with suitable QR embroidered insignia.

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