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Pichi Richi Railway Executive is pleased to announce (in accordance with government recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic) that train services will recommence on 28 June 2020 with capacity restrictions to enhance social distancing.  We will be able to carry up to 20 passengers per carriage and 80 passengers per service.  Pre-packaged food will be available for purchase at Woolshed Flat on Pichi Richi Explorer services and seats will be allocated at the Ticket Office at the departure station.  Passengers will be sent an email on the day before departure detailing arrangements.

Please note the following special requirements:

  • Passengers must not travel if they are feeling unwell and should advise the Flinders Rangers Visitor Information Centre or the PRR Ticket Office on 08 86486598 before departure if this is the case.
  • Passengers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, although hand sanitizer will also be available on the train.
  • Passengers should report to the relevant Ticket Office at least 60 minutes before train departure for checking in and confirmation of carriage allocation and of contact-tracing details. Any children under 4yrs in your party should be advised at the time of booking.
  • Passengers are reminded to adhere to social distancing protocols when they are attending the Pichi Richi Railway.
  • Passengers must ensure they sit in the same seat on any return journey.
  • Passengers from outside South Australia should consider the potential impact of border restrictions when booking.

Thank you to everyone contributing to our recovery from this crisis, and further thanks for the messages of support received. We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

Update:  September 2020 - Like most areas of domestic tourism, Pichi Richi Railway has been inundated with bookings and most of our trains are full (to the limit of restricted capacity allowed under COVID-19 regulations) up to the end of October 2020. If you cannot find seats on your desired service, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be added to a waitlist, but there are no guarantees that we will be able to help.  

Bookings are now open for our 2021 train departures. Plan your trip and book now to avoid disappointment.

Last update: 29 September 2020 13:30 hrs


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.

In this 6-part series of Great Australian Railway Journeys, Michael Portillo, the renowned train enthusiast visited Quorn and travelled on the Pichi Richi Railway, The Ghan and Indian Pacific.