The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society (PRRPS) is a not-for-profit incorporated association formed in 1973 to preserve the railway through Pichi Richi Pass. This is the most scenic part of the Port Augusta and Government Gums Railway (the original Ghan railway begun in 1878) featuring deep rock cuttings, superb stone wall embankments and spectacular iron bridges.
The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society is administered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 (SA). PRRPS operates the Pichi Richi Railway as a business. Its ABN is 24 530 998 354.
PRRPS has progressively restored and operated the Pichi Richi Railway as a working museum. PRRPS has also preserved a large collection of historic locomotives, goods and passenger vehicles, restoring many to working order.
The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 1 July 2000. PRRPS is able to receive income tax deductible gifts and tax deductible contributions and is covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Volunteers are crucial to the ongoing viability of the railway. You can help preserve an important part of Australia's heritage by becoming a member of PRRPS. Visit the volunteering page for more information on how you can help.
The patron of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society is The Hon Tim Fisher AC, former Deputy Prime Minister and notable railway enthusiast.