THE Troop Train designed by Redlands RSL Sub-Branch arrived at Cleveland station ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph.
More than 300 current and former servicemen and women boarded the special charter at Central Station to travel to the service hosted by the Redlands RSL.
The train, unveiled on October 11 at Roma Street station, features the distinctive lone soldier and red poppies, symbolising the lives lost on the Western Front during World War I.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said troop trains had transported troops travelling to or returning from conflict.
“During the Great War, troop trains played an integral role in transporting troops travelling to or returning from conflict, as well as horses and equipment and those who were sick or wounded," Mr Bailey said.
“The regional areas of Toowoomba and Warwick became major centres for train movements during World War I, carrying up to 400 soldiers at a time to Central station, where they were then transported by motor cars to the military hospital at Kangaroo Point.
“Troop trains also travelled to regional areas including Wallumbilla, Warwick and Barcaldine to assist with recruitment activities, encouraging locals to sign up and serve their country.”
Members of the Gallipolli Barracks and Light Horse Brigade travelled on the troop train ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance Day service at Cleveland.
They marched from the station to Anzac Cententary Park and Kinsali Park for the Redland RSL Sub-Branch’s Remembrance Day service.
Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson said the Redlands RSL had worked hard on the troop train project.
“They are to be commended for their dedication in delivering such a magnificent tribute to the veteran and greater community as we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I,” he said.
This year was the final year of the Centenary of Anzac, commemorating Australia’s involvement in the First World War.
Defence Force chief General Angus Campbell said the centenary of the armistice to end the World War I was an important milestone in our nation’s military history.
“Today we do not only remember those killed in the First World War but all Australian Defence Force personnel who have served since and continue to serve on operations, protecting Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world,” General Campbell said.