Past events

On March 10, 2019 Pichi Richi Railway marked the end of rail passenger services to Quorn

Pichi Richi Railway captured an unsung event 50 years later, when on March 10 it ran two special trains to mark the end of South Australian Railways’ rail passenger services to Quorn.

Far back in late January 1969, SAR train driver, Len Brewster, entered a stifling hot Quorn station yard, completing the railcar’s 95 mile journey from Terowie – for the very last time.

Driver Brewster turned off the motor of his railcar, grabbed his kit-bag and climbed down from the cab, and so ended SAR’s rail passenger services to this small Flinders Ranges town.

Pichi Pichi Railway ran a special train on Sunday 22 October 2017, to coincide with and mark the centenary of opening of the Trans-Australian Railway from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie. At 9.32pm on Monday, October 22, 1917, the first passenger train set off from Port Augusta for Kalgoorlie. Once the line was open, it was possible to travel by rail from Sydney to Perth, via Quorn.  

Our special train was  steam-hauled by W22. The train departed Quorn at 8:30am, travelled to Port Augusta and returned at 5:00pm.  The consist was all SAR cars – the closest we could get to the 1917 train which ran from Adelaide via Quorn to Port Augusta. Two Port Augusta to Stirling North return Shuttle Services were powered by NM25 and Yx141 was also present and in steam making its first public appearance after restoration.

2017 will be an important year for Pichi Richi Railway, Port Augusta and Quorn.

In 1912, work began on a new railway line between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

Stretching across 1693 kilometres of Australia’s driest and most isolated terrain, the Trans-Australian Railway was completed on 17 October 1917, providing a link between the eastern states and Western Australia and helping to give the newly formed Commonwealth a sense of national unity.

Kids Special - Sunday 2 October 2016

Join Mr Conductor and Sally Steam Train for a magical journey aboard the Playtime Express. The fun starts from 9:30am at Quorn station with free craft activities on the platform. At 10am, Sally will couple to the train ready for a 10:30am departure. Using a bit of magic, and a lot of steam power the train will arrive at Playtime Siding for a 45 minute stopover. Mr Conductor and the Station Master have plenty of fun games, stories, singing and dancing, as well as a free ice block for all the children! All too soon it will be time to head back to the real world, arriving back in Quorn at 1pm approx. Fares include a free ice block and an on board entertainment pack for all children. Refreshments available for purchase at Playtime Siding.



Featuring the Coffee Pot and other unique treasures of the Pichi Richi Railway

23–24 April 2016

Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

This April the volunteers of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society will throw open the doors of its Quorn workshops, to share rarely-seen treasures from its extensive railway heritage collection. Be welcomed in the historic outback railway town of Quorn, at the heart of the stunning Flinders Ranges. Stay a night or two and enjoy the many historic pubs, cafés and other nearby attractions.

From The Railway Children and Thomas the Tank Engine to Chuggington and beyond, steam trains have fascinated and delighted generations.

Like living machines, steam engines once snorted, puffed and chuffed all over South Australia and right into the heart of the outback. Today's kids can still experience a real outback railway on the iconic Pichi Richi Railway—restored and run by volunteers since 1974.

Free colouring-in book

Introduce the next generation to the wonder of steam railways on the Kids’ Special!

All kids travelling on the Kids’ Special receive a free Pichi Richi Railway colouring-in book.

Departs Quorn Railway Station 2.30pm Sunday 4 October

This Father's Day, reignite warm memories by treating Dad to a ride to remember.

Whether it's a trip back in time to recall the steam trains of his youth, or a chance to relive and share his own childhood memories of riding the Pichi Richi Railway, dads of all ages will love a half-day adventure aboard the Pichi Richi Explorer.

All dads riding the train on 6 September will receive a complementary cup of tea or coffee and a cake at Woolshed Flat.

The Pichi Richi Explorer departs Quorn at 10.30am, Sunday 6 September, returning at 12.15pm.

Remembering the Central Australia Railway's troop trains and their people

On Anzac Day join us as we commemorate the troop trains, their soldiers and the community who supported them.

Saturday 25 April 2015

  • Discover original "troop train" carriage Car 5 on public display at Quorn station (FREE!)
  • Enjoy an authentic "troop train" meal served by the Country Women's Association (bookings essential)
  • Ride into the past aboard our $10 railcar shuttle to the Pichi Richi Workshop for a behind the scenes tour. Departs Quorn station at 12pm and 1pm.

For the first time in 70 years, the Pichi Richi Railway and the Country Women's Association (CWA) join together to commemorate soldiers' journeys to war.