Kojonup tourist train makes maiden journey to Farrar
In 1989 the former president of the Kojonup Tourist Railway, Don Hair, envisioned seeing a train on the Kojonup line, running 10 kilometres west to Farrar, where a bush reserve profuse with wildflowers would greet passengers.
But it was a long process for Mr Hair's dream to become a reality.
It took four years for the Kojonup Tourist Railway to be given the line, followed by a huge community effort to get the line in action.
Local farmers donated logs, and two mills volunteered time and effort to mill approximately 3,800 sleepers in total.
Vice-president of the Kojonup Tourist Railway John Lewis said it was decidedly hard work.
"We had to actually collect the logs from the farmers, take them to the mills, and then about four of us actually off-sided for the mill owner and cut the logs, got them all stacked, and then we brought them back and dropped them off here at Kojonup", Mr Lewis said.
After continually meeting small milestone after milestone, in 2008 the Kojonup Tourist Railway group purchased the former Perth Zoo Train.
From zoo train to passenger train
The group transformed the train from rubber wheels to steel, putting it on the line to hold 54 passengers and tours were undertaken four kilometres to the west to a place called Denny.
And on Friday October 30, 2015, the original goal of running the train to Farrar was met.
Current president of the group, Ned Radford said he felt a great satisfaction to finally achieve that goal.
"When I started off I didn't think it'd take so long. But once you start you cannot quit," he said.
"We had to just keep going and it was a lot of hard work, extreme hard work, but to benefit the community and the town.
"I think in our little group there's a lot of satisfaction that we've got there."
Mr Lewis said it was a learning process, but he wouldn't change a thing if he had his time again.
"Ned and I were both sheep farmers before we got onto this, and it's just given us an opportunity to continue an interest that we wouldn't otherwise have had."
Kojonup Shire President Ronnie Fleay said the shire was amazed at what a small group of volunteers could achieve.
"It's been fantastic. It adds something special and gives value [to the community]", Ms Fleay said.
"We've got a wonderful reserve at the end of this line, and we've got lovely aspirational plans for the future out there, and we think there's a great deal we can do to connect up to this train line."
Ms Fleay believes the tourist train will have a positive impact on the local economy.
"People love the ride on the train. There are not many places in the country where you can have an experience like this one. And as we grow the product, it'll be better and better," she said.
The Kojonup Tourist Railway will run regular journeys to Farrar on the first and third Sunday of each month. Further information about train journeys can be found at the Kojonup Visitors Centre.