W934 crosses the Waukarie Creek bridge at Woolshed Flat

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 1973.

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

  • 2.5 hour trip Quorn–Woolshed Flat return.
  • Steam engine and heritage, timber carriages up to 125 years old.
  • Refreshments available to purchase at Woolshed Flat.
  • Get your face painted, or find "Walter" to enjoy a treat in our treasure hunt!
  • Every child receives a free colouring-in book.


Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $110; Adults $47; Concession $44; Child (4+) $16.

More trains these school holidays

Trains every weekend from March to November, with extra weekday services during school holidays. 

A half-day trip out of Quorn on the steam train Pichi Richi Explorer or heritage diesel railcar Barwell Bull is best for families with young kids, while those with longer attention spans will love a full day soaking up the classic scenery on the full-day Afghan Express trip, Port Augusta to Quorn return. See the train services page for full details.

Book online or telephone 1800 PRRAIL (1800 777 245).