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Season launch 2015 – Media release

This weekend, why not ride a bull through the Pichi Richi Pass?

Pichi Richi Railway’s 2015 train season kicks off with a journey on Brill Railcar 106—affectionately known as a “Barwell Bull”.

Pichi Richi Railway's unique steam railcar, Steam Motor Coach No. 1, known affectionately as the Coffee Pot, is a major step closer to returning to operation after it successfully underwent a steam test today.

Pichi Richi Railway's 40th anniversary celebrations were featured in the Flinders News on 13 August 2014.  Read the article on the Flinders News website

The contribution made to the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society by the late Joy Baluch AM, former Mayor of Port Augusta, will be formally acknowledged with the naming of the Joy Baluch AM Memorial Operations Centre.

Passengers on board the June long weekend train experienced an event that only occurs twice a year: the double header, where two trains meet in the heart of the Pichi Richi Pass. The Afghan Express departed Port Augusta while the Pichi Richi Explorer departed Quorn, and both trains joined together at Woolshed Flat for a train ride with twice the steam.

During the Anzac Day weekend, Pichi Richi Railway welcomed the team and passengers of the "New Ghan" to the "Old Ghan" line as part of the Ghan's ANZAC Tribute Journey. It was a delightful experience for the Ghan passengers, including many veterans, who boarded a specially chartered train hauled by Pichi Richi Railway's NM25: one of the steam locomotives that travelled the original Ghan line.

David Palmer crossed the Nullabor last week, fulfilling a long-held ambition to see the Flinders Ranges while completing a special mission that ties together two historic railways.

"This was my first trip to the Flinders Ranges, but I’m already planning a second one", said David. "There’s no way to describe it really, turning around the bend and there in front of you there’s this ancient landscape".