Steamed up for Dwellingup's Hotham Valley Railway Fest | Photos

Hundreds of visitors flocked to Dwellingup on Sunday to attend this year's Hotham Valley Railway festival.

The event, celebrated the 45th anniversary of the popular tourist attraction with live music, stalls, food and plenty of train displays.

Attendees had the opportunity to visit some of the organisation's restaurant trains, and go aboard one of the miniature steam locomotives.

The Hotham Valley Railway was born in 1974 as an idea by a small group of train enthusiasts who wanted to preserve the steam locomotives on the Pinjarra-Dwellingup railway line when the world was moving towards diesel engines.

After purchasing a bunch of Mountain type W class locomotives and spending countless hours restoring the tracks, trains and depot buildings, the first steam train returned to the Hotham Valley in September 1976.

The railway is almost entirely run by volunteers who donate their time and effort to preserve and expand the popular tourist attraction.

For more information about the Hotham Valley Railway visit,