The Kojonup Tourist Railway team has been left devastated after about $2000 worth of sleepers were stolen from the tracks last week. KTR president Ned Radford said he was shocked to find 40 sleepers missing from the volunteer-run railway. “I just went out there to check on the weeds and the shrubs and I noticed that there was one section where 20 brand new sleepers, all treated in oil, were missing,” he said. “And there was another section, where we got second-hand ones from Woodanilling, which were also missing. “We put in so much effort — we milled the sleepers and carted and treated them ourselves. It was years of volunteer work and then for someone to just decide to take them to try to make money out of them, it’s really disappointing.” He said the second part of the railway would not be running until the sleepers were replaced. “It’s very popular with the community and visitors,” Mr Radford said. “We have people coming in from all over the South West, buses of tourists having a day out and schools from Narrogin, Albany and Kojonup coming for rides.” The idea for a tourist railway in Kojonup was seeded by Don Hair in 1991, when a display of the working model of the Kojonup Railway precinct between Albany Highway and Pensioner Road inspired him to restore the line. Mr Radford said Mr Hair called a meeting and the initiative developed from there. “We bought the old South Perth Zoo train in an auction in about 2006 and we had to rebuild it, of course, because it had rubber tires, made to go on roads,” he said. “It has been 30 years worth of work and we put in so much money and effort to promote Kojonup.” It is understood the sleepers were taken over two days during the Christmas period. Kojonup police are investigating the incident and have urged members of the public to look out for jarrah sale listings.