re-read the spec. @bevans
4 Shared tables in the middle car, and fold-down tables for the rest of seats.
WOT ? you expected fine dining car like on the Orient express ?
The layout of the buffet car on the Spirit of Queensland was perfect. You could grab some food and drink and sit at a table to break up the journey. You guys are going to complain but I don't think this is too much to ask.
The Spirit of Queensland is around a 30 hour journey...obviously a good reason to get up, stretch legs and sit on the hard seats in the cafe car of that train for around 15 mins, until numbum sets in...very early I might add so one cannot tarry there for too long.
On a good day and at 130Km/h Albury should be reached in around 3 hours or so...hardly enough time to get restless and need to wander the train looking for distractions.