THE Anzac troop train re-enactment travelling from Winton to Brisbane carrying about 225 passengers stopped in Maryborough West overnight, with many passengers expected to attend the Dawn of the Anzacs tribute on Friday.

Onboard the train were 9th Battalion re-enactors to help make the journey more authentic for the passengers.

One of the re-enactors, nurse Patricia Cope from Rockhampton, said the journey so far had been unbelievable.

"We've met so many amazing people who have great stories to tell about their connections to the Anzacs," Ms Cope said.

The 9th Battalion re-enactors will attend the tribute at dawn on Friday.

President of the Duncan Chapman memorial appeal committee Nancy Bates said the Maryborough community was proud to unveil the Duncan Chapman memorial at last.

"We've waited 100 years and I think there's a bit of a spark in the community right now and a lot of pride that a Maryborough man was the first ashore at Gallipoli and is now getting recognition," Ms Bates said.

The unveiling service will start at 5.15am and include the presentation of Duncan Chapman's flag which he carried onto Gallipoli.

The Anzac troop train will travel a total 1356km during the journey from Winton to Brisbane and is expected to arrive in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.

The Anzac troop train re-enactment reaches the eager spectators at Maryborough West station.
The Anzac troop train re-enactment reaches the eager spectators at Maryborough West station. Brendan Bufi

 



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