News articles and media releases

Pichi Richi Railway continues to closely monitor and follow guidelines issued by the SA Dept of Health. All scheduled services in 2021 are expected to operate and we recommend you book as early as possible.  For tickets and availability please refer to our Bookings page.

•• Update 13 August 2021 ••  South Australia's COVID-19 lockdown ended on 28 July 2021 and the Afghan Express on Saturday 31 July 2021 and Pichi Richi Explorer on Sunday 8 August ran as planned.  Passengers are required to wear face masks on board our trains.  The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre and the Museum at Quorn Railway Station re-opened on 2 August 2021.

Our refund policy is accessible from this link.  The best way to request a refund is by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Unused tickets can also be converted into a voucher for future use, or a donation to Pichi Richi Railway.

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society (PRRPS) is delighted to advise that it has now signed deeds to acquire former South Australian Railways (SAR) 830 class locomotives 843 (excluding broad gauge bogies) and 846 from One Rail Australia. These two locomotives will be used by PRRPS to make one operational unit, the body of 843 onto 846’s narrow gauge traction bogies. 846 and another set of narrow-gauge bogies will provide a source of spares (including traction motors interchangeable with NT76’s).

As you will see below, the original target of this appeal has been reached allowing the locomotives to be moved and batteries purchased, and work has been undertaken both at Dry Creek and Port Lincoln to disconnect 843 and 846 from their bogies.  Plans are now being finalised for the move of both loco units and 846's bogies to Quorn.  Further donations will allow body repairs and painting of 843 to occur after re-assembly on narrow gauge.  PRRPS greatly appreciates the support of our donors and sponsors in this important historic acquisition.


Young member Caleb Jenkins has his first major article featured in the January edition of the authoritative Railway Digest with some excellent photographs and information about PRR's latest operational locomotive.

SATIC 2019 Tourism Awards Finalist logoPichi Richi Railway was a finalist in the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards, and this was a huge achievement for our tireless and dedicated volunteers, supporters and passengers who for 45 years have kept us steaming through the Flinders Ranges. 

Tim Fischer AC at Pichi Richi Railway's 40th anniversary celebrations, 10 August 2013 (Photo: Maikha Ly)

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. (PRRPS) gratefully acknowledges the immense contribution of its Patron, the Hon Tim Fischer AC, to the Pichi Richi Railway, railway history and heritage, the rail transport industry and the Australian community.

Tim Fischer was a strong advocate for the Pichi Richi Railway, and a great champion of rail and of rural Australia.

Ron Kandelaars and the Channel 7 SA Weekender team visited Quorn and the show aired on Sunday 21 July at 5:30 PM in South Australia

Back Roads - ABC TV's showcase of country Australia comes to the Flinders Ranges.

Lisa Millar and the crew visited Quorn recently and this beautiful episode went to air on Monday 29 July - watch it now ABC iview.

 A little-known piece of South Australian rail history is now available to us all, with Motor Inspection Car (MIC126) a feature of the Pichi Richi Railway collection.