Pichi Richi Railway's Executive and managers have been working hard to implement measures in accordance with the government recommendations to keep our customers and volunteers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 20 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After carefully considering the new recommendations in the Prime Minister's media statement, Pichi Richi Railway has decided that it is not viable to operate our heritage train journeys at this time. Accordingly, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend our train services until at least the end of May 2020.

Customers with bookings during this period will be offered a voucher for travel after we reopen, a full refund or the option of converting the booked fare into a tax-deductible donation.

We will continue to monitor the developing situation very closely and make further decisions based on government advice. Our primary concern remains the wellbeing of our volunteers, members, customers and their families. We understand that this suspension of train journeys will be disappointing and inconvenient, as it is for us.

Pichi Richi Railway is a self-funded, not-for-profit organisation with high fixed costs, and we depend on the income from operating heritage train journeys in order to continue preserving a large and significant collection of Australia's transport history. This crisis will likely be the most difficult time in our 47-year history.

Please keep us front of mind when the time is again right to travel. We look forward to again being able to welcome you to experience the wonderful Flinders Ranges by heritage rail.

Pichi Richi Railway greatly appreciates your support and patience during this extremely difficult time. Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for updated information as the situation evolves.

Last update 26 March 2020 9:58pm