News articles and media releases

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society is delighted to be the winner of the Tourist Attraction category in the 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards. This authentic heritage tourist railway has been operated by our dedicated volunteers since 1974 on part of the original narrow-gauge Ghan railway.
These awards are supported by Toyota Australia and the Tourism Industry Council of South Australia.

ABC Radio interview by Deb Tribe with John Wilson on Sat 14 Aug 2021

This video shows our train services and includes the MIC paymaster's car, our steam engines including the W934, NM25, Yx141, and railcar 106. Experience them when you visit the Pichi Richi Railway in Quorn, in the Flinders Ranges. Produced by Channel Seven.

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
South Australia's COVID-19 lockdown ended on 28 July 2021 and Afghan Express, Pichi Richi Explorer, and Coffee Pot services have run 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 are open at normal hours.
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 narrow-gauge traction bogies. 846 and 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.  Locomotive 846 arrived in Quorn on Saturday 2 October 2021, transported on a low-loader by Max Cranes of Port Augusta.  Plans are now being finalized for the move of the body of 843 from Adelaide and narrow-gauge bogies from Thevenard 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.


Press Release  2 October 2021


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.