Visit Pichi Richi Railway’s Quorn Loco Workshops on Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 between 10am and 5pm for two days of fascinating displays, demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more.

This is a special chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, where visitors can marvel at Pichi Richi Railway’s enormous locomotives and original wooden carriages. Watch demonstrations of the restoration process of these massive engines and delicate carriages. See the demanding work involved in repairing track. Experience the coal and the dust!

Displays from South Australia’s other heritage steam groups will include SteamRanger, Steamtown Peterborough, the National Rail Museum, Booleroo Steam & Traction Rally and the Pt Augusta Model Engineers Club. There will be musical entertainment, food, and face painting for the children. ENTRY IS FREE, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

What’s happening:
Friday 22 April:
Gather your partners for a Country Barn Dance

Travel by heritage diesel railcar to the Old Willows Brewery Restaurant for a Country Barn Dance! Entertainment will be the ‘Eyre Irish Bush’ band, and an Australiana supper will be provided. Drinks are available for purchase, no BYO., Barn Dance costs Adults $10, Children under 16 $5, pay at the door. Train departs Quorn Railway Station at 7.30pm, arrives back around midnight. Train costs Adults $32, Child $11, bookings (train only) 1800 440 101.

Dinner—featuring guest speaker Tim Fischer—on "Tango and Trains in Tourism"
Standpipe Golf Restaurant, Port Augusta
Tim Fischer, former Army Officer, former NSW State Parliamentarian, former Leader of the National Party, Minister for Trade & Deputy Prime Minister, now Consultant and Company Director and Multiple Patron. Tim is the current Chairman of Tourism Australia, and Patron of Pichi Richi Railway.

Join us and other members of the tourism industry for this special evening with Tim Fischer. The three course set menu—including donated wine—is $60.

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Saturday 23 April:
The Coffee Pot’s 100th anniversary

Steam Motor Coach No.1, affectionately known as the Coffee Pot, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2005/2006. It will run a series of luncheon specials over the two years, before retiring for a major overhaul. Celebrate its launch at Steam Up Quorn Saturday 23 April, 10.30am. Luncheon specials operate on Sun 24 April, Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. The fare includes a delicious two course luncheon at the Old Willows Brewery Restaurant, afternoon tea and a souvenir coffee mug. Fares 1st class $110, 2nd class $95. Bookings 1800 440 101.

Saturday 23 is also Crossover Day!
An exciting innovation, one day every month from March to October the heritage diesel Barwell Bull railcar departs Quorn at the same time as a steam Afghan Express departs Port Augusta. Passengers can “mix and match” their journey by changing trains at Woolshed Flat. A short journey, a full day, 2 different trains…it’s up to you! Bookings 1800 440 101.

Sunday 24 April
Coffee Pot

The Coffee Pot runs its first luncheon special (see above), train departs Quorn at 12.25pm.

Pichi Richi Explorer
A family favourite, enjoy the journey from Quorn to Woolshed Flat and return, train departs Quorn at 10.30am.

Wizards Explorer
Calling all Wizards and Witches… Pichi Richi Railway invite budding wizards and witches to dress up and join in the fun on the Wizards Explorer train, departing from the magic platform (at Quorn Railway Station, 3pm). Enjoy decorated carriages, volunteers in costume, and quizzes with prizes for young wizards and witches. Adults $25, Child $15. A further Wizards Explorer will run from Quorn on Sunday 17 July, and from Port Augusta on Sunday 9 October. Bookings 1800 440 101.

For further information and bookings please call 1800 440 101, or visit Wadlata Outback Centre, 41 Flinders Terrace, or the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre, King William Street, Adelaide 1300 655 276.