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For many rail travelers, it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the track. And that has helped make a hit of the British television series, Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railway Journeys, which airs on ABC Television. The show features British radio and television personality Chris Tarrant taking some of the most challenging rail trips in the world. “It’s rarely the most efficient way to travel, and it often struggles to compete with even a bus or a car, but a train is almost always a fantastic experience. This is the best way to see these countries,” says Hugh Whitworth, the show’s executive producer. He shares some favorite journeys with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.  Featured trips include the Ghan and Pichi Richi Railway.

The Quorn Mercury was and is the local newspaper published in Quorn and back issues are an excellent source of historical information about Quorn and District.  The paper was first published on 22 November 1895, and was a weekly four page spread published on Fridays.  The words "Hawker and Great Northern Courier" were printed under masthead title until 7 June 1951. The Quorn Mercury was purchased by the Transcontinental newspaper in Port Augusta in 1945, and ceased publication in 1956. Publication resumed as a monthly newsletter in April 1996, and presentation has recently improved with colour front and rear pages. The attached article from the July 2015 issue (reproduced with permission of the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) describes a visit to Quorn by Don Keneally.  

This classic article shows how we did it then, and some very dedicated volunteers.

From the Trove of the National Library of Australia

The Australian Women's Weekly 16 May 1979


The last operating engine of its kind in the world, the Pichi Richi Railway’s iconic "Coffee Pot", is building up steam for a return to the rails.

Following a successful test run over Easter, an old favourite is set to return to South Australia’s Pichi Richi Railway within the next 12 months.


Visit Pichi Richi Railway's Second World War page for more information

During WWII, almost 200,000 troops travelled north to Alice Springs on the Central Australia Railway through Quorn.  The Quorn Country Women's Association fed these troops in Quorn, and railwaymen from Quorn helped to transport the troops to defend their country.  Great Southern Rail has run an Anzac Tribute train ... read more - article courtesy of RM Williams OUTBACK magazine

Australia's Rail Revival—read about Australia's steel revolution—Australia's railways are awakening to a new era with new tracks being built and old tracks being modernised. Article courtesy of RM Williams OUTBACK magazine

Season launch 2015

This weekend, why not ride a bull through the Pichi Richi Pass?

Pichi Richi Railway’s 2015 train season kicks off with a journey on Brill Railcar 106, affectionately known as a "Barwell Bull".