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All aboard WW1 steam train, 100 years after war ended

THE Ipswich community has the chance to ride in the same steam train World War I troops used, 100 years after the war ended.

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway has one of the few remaining steam locomotives form the war era and one of even fewer that are sill operating.

The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway Remembrance 100 Troop Train memorial service and military field day at Swanbank Station will be an opportunity for the community to go back in time on the train.

PB15-448 was made in 1908 and operated on troop trains throughout Queensland during the war.

Chairman Robert Shearer said the event was a timely snapshot of war history in Queensland, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I.

Around Australia, steam railways hauled recruiting trains and troop movement trains as part of the war effort.

"Attendees will be able to soak up some of the war time atmosphere as they travel to the event on the troop train with re-enactors from that period and cadets from today's military," Mr Shearer said.

All aboard

  • The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway Remembrance 100 Troop Train memorial service and militar
  • November 10 and 11 from 8.30am to 2.30pm (three trains will leave each day) from Bundmaba Racecourse Station, TL Cooney Av, Bundamba
  • Tickets: $25 for adults and $13 for children

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