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From Thursday April 6 to Saturday April 8, Rundle Mall will be alive with the sights and sounds of steam, as South Australia’s Heritage Railways combine forces to bring a full sized steam engine into the Mall.

In conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the National Railway Museum, Pichi Richi Railway and SteamRanger have joined in this STATE OF STEAM promotion to celebrate the era of steam, and bring it to the city public.

Pichi Richi Railway celebrates NSU52’s 50 years of service on Sunday 30 May 2004. This first generation diesel locomotive represented the beginning of the end of steam on Australia’s railways when introduced in 1954. To commemorate this event a special train will depart from Port Augusta Railway Station at 10am Sunday 30 May. NSU52 will “double-head” with recently restored steam locomotive NM25 to recreate a typical “Marree Mixed” train on a return journey to Quorn.

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!

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society will be running a special steam train to take passengers to the annual Quorn Show this year.

“The Quorn Show is proud of its history, having started back in 1880. Pichi Richi Railway shares that link with the past, and this is a perfect way for show-goers from Port Augusta and surrounding areas to make a real day of it”, said Cathy Smythe, marketing officer for Pichi Richi Railway.

The Inaugural Wizards Explorer departed from the Port Augusta Railway Station on Sunday 18 April 2004. The Wizards Explorer was the first of this type of train for Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc, a wizards and witches theme train, aimed at 5-12 year olds. The Wizards Explorer ran to full capacity, booking out well before the Inaugural train departed, indicating an overwhelming success for Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. The success of this train hinged on a group of hardworking volunteers who helped to make the day a huge success for Pichi Richi Railway, and for those travelling on the train.

The first Ghan to Darwin departed Adelaide on Sunday 1 February 2004, and at Stirling North Pichi Richi Railway's Afghan Express joined it to run alongside it into Port Augusta.

To commemorate this historic event, PRR's train carried vintage motor vehicles—making it something representative of a 1920s or 1930s Ghan.

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