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

Locomotives 843 and 846 have been very generously donated to PRRPS by One Rail, however, the logistics of moving them, 843 from Dry Creek South to Quorn, and 846 from Port Lincoln to Quorn will be the responsibility of PRRPS. We are fortunate that Max Cranes at Port Augusta has generously offered to assist with its expertise in cranage and over-dimensional transport at substantially reduced rates as a commercial sponsorship of this project.

After arrival at Quorn, there will be much work required to unite 843 with the narrow-gauge bogies from 846, and then restore the locomotive to an operational status that is presentable. To allow for costs and contingencies in the logistics arrangements, as well as new batteries and painting, the PRRPS Executive has proposed an appeal target of $40,000. Given the importance of the Alco DL531/830 Class in SAR regional, as well as metro operations, the acquisition of an 830 representative for PRR has been a long-term goal. 830 Class locomotives based at Peterborough operated to Quorn on regular goods services. 858 on one occasion worked a train from Quorn to Hawker to collect remaining rollingstock prior to the line being closed. One of the 830s also had a cameo role in the film, "Sunday Too Far Away", starring Jack Thompson, at Gimal (Quorn renamed for the film) Railway Station.

Having an operational 830 locomotive will further the preservation aims of PRRPS and It will be great to see an 830 at the lead of a typical SAR goods, passenger or mixed train in due course. Therefore PRRPS encourages you to make a tax deductible** donation to the 830 appeal fund in order that we can make this happen within the required timeframe. For those who are able to donate, please use one of the following methods:

Direct transfer of funds (EFT):

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Please put your name or membership number, or alternatively ‘Anon’, together with ‘830’ in the description/reference line.


Cheques (with note attached to tell us it is for the 830 Acquisition Appeal) can be mailed to:

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc.
PO Box 7225

Credit card:

Donations can be made by credit card using this page. Select the “830 Class Locomotive Acquisition Appeal” campaign. Please note that the society will be charged a minimum 1.4% credit card fee so for large donations please use one of the above methods if possible.


The members of PRRPS thank you for your support in preserving an 830 Class on the narrow gauge in working order for future generations to enjoy.

Another member of the SAR 830 Class, 867, on a goods at Quorn on 24 May 1979. A scene that could easily be recreated with 843. Photo © Frank Jones, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

**Donations are tax-deductible as Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. (ABN 24 530 998 354) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 01 Jul 2000. It is covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. For tax-deductible gift eligibility, please be aware that donations can be suggested for a purpose but cannot be required to be used by the Society for that purpose.