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Thursday 15 January 2004 was an historic day for the Pichi Richi Railway when it again became part of Australia's railway heritage.

The first freight train to cross Australia from south to north departed Adelaide. It was met in Stirling North by a PRR double-headed special, and they ran parallel into Port Augusta. The train was one of the longest ever operated by the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society.

Yesterday, Friday 11 April 2003, steam locomotive NM25 moved under its own power for the first time in nearly 38 years.

NM25 spent its entire working life on the Commonwealth Railway's narrow gauge Central Australia Railway—the route of the old Ghan from Port Augusta to Alice Springs—including the remaining section from Port Augusta to Quorn preserved by Pichi Richi Railway. Its restoration project is now nearing completion.

Several successful trial runs of this locomotive have been undertaken recently. This follows a restoration project which is now virtually complete.

An event to commemorate W22's return to service will be held in the coming months.

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An historic “Ghan” steam locomotive is set to steam over its old track later this year after a complete restoration by Pichi Richi Railway. Today two identities from the former Commonwealth Railways inspected progress on the restoration. The NM25 locomotive was built in 1925 for the Commonwealth Railways and retired from active service in 1965.

The restoration of NM25 to full working order has taken two years, and is part of the extension of Pichi Richi Railway to Port Augusta. Funding for the project has come from the City of Port Augusta, SA Tourism Commission, and Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, as well as numerous supporters and suppliers. The recommissioning is planned for Saturday 26 April, when it will pull special trains between Port Augusta and Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, before returning to regular service with Pichi Richi Railway.

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Members of PRR have created another South Australian first, by being the only heritage railway group to fully restore to operating condition a J. G. Brill Railcar Trailer. This follows five years and 3,800 hours of volunteer effort, and $60,000 of Society funds.