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Updated Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 by www.qt.com.au
QUEENSLAND Pioneer Steam Railway is partnering with the Joint Ipswich Region Commemorative Committee - Centenary of Anzac to offer locals a chance to experience what it was like for Ipswich soldiers when they left for war.
"The clock will turn back to 1916 when we re-enact the old recruitment train trips that took soldiers from their hometown to war," QPSR events manager Robert Shearer said.
"The trains we will be using have carriages that were actually used to transport soldiers leaving from Ipswich.
"We'll have experts re-enact the trip and we're doing regular train runs throughout the day."
The committee, consisting of the Railway Workshops Museum, Ipswich City Council, RSL Ipswich Sub Branch and RSL Ipswich Railways Sub Branch, will be running an open day alongside the train trip at Bundamba Racecourse with military displays, war songs, vintage First World War vehicle displays and live entertainment to celebrate the Centenary of Anzac.
"People will really be able to get a feel for what it would have been like as a young soldier going off to war," Mr Shearer said.
"We encourage participants to come along dressed in clothing from either the 1910s or 1940s costumes."
The Troop Train will leave the racecourse on Sunday, May 10 at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Book at qpsr.net or by phoning 3294 3835.
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