The Cairns to Kuranda scenic train ride is a two hour journey that starts at the Cairns city station and winds up the mountains of the Great Dividing Range to end up at the Kuranda rail station The journey travels into rainforest, through mountain tunnels and over water falls while overlooking the coast of Coral Sea towards the Great Barrier Reef.
While the journey is breathtaking, the early pioneers whose history of the construction of the railway line and tunnels is also of interest. Video clips are shown on monitors and the audio is played over the carriage sound system as the train travels along.
An umbilical cord connecting each train carriage carries audio and video to monitors and speakers from two DVM7400s.
The first DVM-7400 has morning, afternoon and emergency messages. The morning and afternoon messages are initiated by the hostesses as the train leaves the stations and is not only visualized over the screens, but spoken in three languages. The emergency message can be triggered in any carriage alerting all passengers in all carriages to the train coming to a complete stop.
The second DVM7400 contains over sixty short Mpeg clips that are triggered via GPS at various waypoints on the journey. Both units are connected to a vision switcher that gives priority to the emergency DVM7400. All AV equipment including DVM7400s and GPS antenna are located in the end carriage. With the entire train being over 100 meters long, trigger points were plotted in respect to length of train speed, and length of clip, so as to not overlap. The afternoon trip swaps the train engine around so that the AV rack carriage is now the first carriage. A new set of waypoints and clips are used for the return journey.