The construction of the Great Southern Railway played a major role in the development of Katanning and the Great Southern region . As a result of the opening of the railway, Katanning became a major hub for transport throughout the region. With branch lines to various centres, Narrogin and Wagin also flourished.
The station became one of the busiest on the line between Albany and Northam. In later years branch lines wer built to Pingrup and to Donnybrook via Kojonup and Boyup Brook. Both of these lines have now closed to rail traffic although the line as far as Nyabing is still in place in mid 2017.
Although the main-line is still in use it is no longer the major transport life-line it was in its earlier years, Much of the traffic is no hauled by road. The overnight rail passenger services finished in 1978 and the steam era finished on the Great Southern Railway in 1971.
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Great Southern Railway Cairn
Situated where the two sections of the railway met.
(one from Beverley and the other from Albany)
News from old newspapers relating to the railways both
in Katanning and on the Great Southern Railway.