2nd of June 2019 will be a very special day 

June 2nd 2019 will be an extra special day in the Pichi Richi Railway calendar when Yx 141 makes its public debut.

After 10 years of rebuilding and almost 2 years of testing on specials and a charter Yx141 will be finally turned over to the Locomotive Department.

After the launch Yx 141 will undertake a return trip from Quorn to Woolshed Flat at 10:30 am followed by Quorn to Summit shuttles from 2pm onwards. 

Yx 141 began life 126 years ago in 1892 as Y141 and was one of 85 locomotives built at James Martin's  Foundry in Gawler, South Australia.  

Between 1904 and 1928 the South Australian Railways decided to upgrade 58 of the James Martin's locomotives with higher pressure boilers and Belpaire fireboxes.  This gave them a 25% increase in power over a standard Y class.  Those with new boilers and fireboxes were designated Yx.  Y141 was converted to Yx141 on 26 July 1923.

Yx 141 spent its early days operating on what was called the Great Northern System where it would have worked over the whole system including working passenger and freight trains through Pichi Richi Pass to Pt Augusta. 

In 1927 it was transferred to the isolated Pt Lincoln Division.  It remained there until its retirement in 1963.  It was placed in a park in Pt Lincoln where it stayed for 20 years until 1983 when it was transferred to the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society at Quorn.

Photo: Damien Butler