Topics:  anzac day, last post, southern downs steam railway

Last Post played at Anzac themed rail departure

Southern Downs Steam Railway volunteers John Brady, Graeme Geraghty, Stephen Shepherd and driver William Boden prepare to leave the Warwick Railway Station bound for Wallangarra yesterday.
Southern Downs Steam Railway volunteers John Brady, Graeme Geraghty, Stephen Shepherd and driver William Boden prepare to leave the Warwick Railway Station bound for Wallangarra yesterday. Gerard Walsh

PATRONS boarded four carriages as the Southern Downs Steam Railway organised its first train trip with an Anzac Day theme.

Rail group committee member Lindsay Mills said travellers came from as far away as the Gold Coast, Kingaroy and northern New South Wales for the trip yesterday.

"We had 127 on the train. Most boarded at Warwick, but we had 45 get on at Stanthorpe," he said.

"Numbers are increasing for our two steam train trips each month."

The group had morning tea at Stanthorpe and lunch at Wallangarra yesterday.

Brendan Babington performed the Last Post as the steam engine hotted up for the trip south.

It was the first of five ceremonies at which he will perform this week.



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