If electric power was the beating heart for his various enterprises then it was the railways which were the arteries. The opening of the Great Southern Railway in 1886 changed forever the way people would travel and conduct commerce with the bush.
The Premier Mill still lies next to the main line that runs through Katanning. The old station is but a stone's throw from us too and with not too much imagination one can conjure up images of a platform bustling with people, luggage and the squeal of a station master's whistle piercing through clouds of steam.
Things are a little more quiet these days but there's still some life on the line. As guest of the Premier Mill Hotel you might be lucky enough to see, hear and even feel the soothing rumbling of a convoy of wagons carting wheat from the district to distant ports.