Pichi Richi Railway's track extension to Stirling North was officially opened by the Hon. Tim Fischer MP, former deputy Prime Minister, on 24 October 1999. A special double-headed train from Quorn carried approximately 400 passengers and guests.

The restoration of 16km of track from Woolshed Flat to Stirling North, three narrow-gauge old Ghan carriages, and the overhaul of steam locomotive W934 were undertaken as part of Stage 1 of Pichi Richi Railway's Development Project. The Project was assisted by a $1.35 million Commonwealth Government grant, in the Rail Reform Transition Program.

The opening ceremony at Stirling North (Photo: Bryan Homann)