I guess its the lack of sleepers - not buffet cars - as the reason for the low patronage.Add to that the crap timetable, and speed so low it is outpaced by Continental shift.
Well not quite...
My trusty 1962 QR timetable gives the Westlander a departure from Brisbane, Roma St @ 19:00, arriving Toowoomba @ 23:06, a mere 10 minutes slower than today.
However further west it gets a bit interesting, the train scheduled into Charleville @ 15:02, three hours slower than today.
Moreover, because the Westlander was Queenslands 'crack' air-conditioned train on the western line, it ran 'express' from Dalby to Roma, all 165 miles at an average speed of 31.5 MPH...hold on to your hat Ma...
...and if you wanted to travel to an intermediate station between Dalby and Roma you had to change at Toowoomba, or for a better connexion, catch the 8:15 daily from Roma St to Toowoomba and change again to the 12:45 non-airconditioned ex Toowoomba, stopping all 29 stations and arriving Roma @ 21:27, an average speed of 23.3 MPH