Train relief: timetable to return to normal

It’s hoped south east Queensland’s train timetables will soon return to normal following the purchase of a new $3.8 million train simulator.

Queensland Rail (QR) bought the new software and hoped the training program would improve driver training and free up staff.

Queensland Rail Chief Executive Nick Easy told the Courier Mail it would replace the current 17-year-old simulator, which could not replicate QR’s new fleet of trains.

“This improves on our training capability, improves on the technology the organisation has, and is all about investing in our capability and our ability to train drivers into supply so we can move towards restoring our train services,” Mr Easy said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said in a statement the world-class technology had arrived at a perfect time.

“The new simulator provides a fully immersive experience for trainee drivers, allowing them to learn every route on the city network on any train from the Citytrain fleet,” Ms Trad said.

“This new technology will help streamline training, with instructors able to test trainees under a range of conditions in an ultra-realistic environment before they hit the tracks in the real world.”

Of the 200 driver positions to be filled for Queensland Rail, 106 had been recruited and more than 100 candidates were still in the recruitment process.