David Bell, Patricia Cope, Nick Mcbride, Jacob Withoos, Lyndon Moorhouse and Stephen Bell from the 9th Battalion AIF (Australian Imperial Force) Living History Unit will perform for passengers on the 2015 ANZAC Troop Train re-enactment. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
David Bell, Patricia Cope, Nick Mcbride, Jacob Withoos, Lyndon Moorhouse and Stephen Bell from the 9th Battalion AIF (Australian Imperial Force) Living History Unit will perform for passengers on the 2015 ANZAC Troop Train re-enactment. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Great War re-enactment will be ultimate experience for David

FOR David Bell and Rockhampton's Living History Unit, the 2015 Troop Train re-enactment will be the ultimate experience.

Part of the Centenary of Anzac, the Troop Train will travel from Winton to Brisbane in the lead-up to Anzac Day commemorations.

During the trip, half the 9th Battalion AIF (Australian Imperial Force) Living History Unit will travel onboard, while the rest of the members travel ahead, keeping people entertained at platforms along the way.

The $128,000 project was officially launched on Tuesday by Senator Michael Ronaldson, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd.

Mr Bell said historical accuracy was the most important aspect of the Living History Unit with all members carrying the same items as troops of 1914.

And far from just dressing up, the Living History Unit members are trained on the history of the 9th Battalion, who were in the first wave of soldiers at Gallipoli.

"The Troop Train is the embodiment of everything we hold to be important," he said.

During the trip, Mr Bell said, the unit would act out interactive displays about things such as the contents of a 1914 ration pack.

Senator Ronaldson said of all the applications from the Federal Government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, none was better than the Troop Train.

The electorates of Flynn, Capricornia, Maranoa and Wide Bay contributed funding through the local grants scheme.

Troop Train

200 of 225 available tickets have been sold

Departs Winton April 20, 2015 and arriving in Brisbane on April 24

It will stop overnight in Longreach, Emerald, Rockhampton and Maryborough throughout the week



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