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Noted Australian businessman Mr Dick Smith AO has recently donated $5,000 to the Society, to assist with the project to replace the Coffee Pot's boiler, which is currently underway. The Society has sent a formal letter of thanks to Mr Smith.

The latest donation follows on from an earlier donation of $3,000 made by Mr Smith while the Coffee Pot lottery was in progress during 2007.

The Coffee Pot Lottery, launched in April 2007, generated over $9,000.00 in ticket sales towards fundraising for a new boiler for the Coffee Pot.

The Coffee Pot is one of the most historic vehicles in Pichi Richi Railway's collection, a direct link with the early part of last century.  Design work and engineering certification is currently underway for the construction of an all-steel welded boiler.

First prize was a finely detailed model of the Coffee Pot, handmade by the late Pichi Richi Railway member Mr Geoff Horne.  These models are highly prized by collectors and train lovers, and this model was independently valued at $2,000.

A finely detailed model of the Coffee Pot is the first prize in the major lottery launched in April 2007 to raise help funds for a new boiler for the Coffee Pot.

Handmade by the late Pichi Richi Railway member Mr Geoff Horne, these models are highly prized by collectors and train lovers, and this model was recently independently valued at $2,000.

Hordes of photographers and onlookers are expected at Port Augusta at 10.30am Saturday 21 April 2007, when Pichi Richi Railway stages a recreation of a mixed Ghan, on the scheduled Afghan Express bound for Quorn.

This ABC Rural article describes the May 2006 trek along the Birdsville Track by the Governor-General, Major-General Michael Jeffery, and his party, and their visit to Quorn and the Pichi Richi Railway.

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From Thursday April 6 to Saturday April 8, Rundle Mall will be alive with the sights and sounds of steam, as South Australia’s Heritage Railways combine forces to bring a full sized steam engine into the Mall.

In conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the National Railway Museum, Pichi Richi Railway and SteamRanger have joined in this STATE OF STEAM promotion to celebrate the era of steam, and bring it to the city public.

Pichi Richi Railway celebrates NSU52’s 50 years of service on Sunday 30 May 2004. This first generation diesel locomotive represented the beginning of the end of steam on Australia’s railways when introduced in 1954. To commemorate this event a special train will depart from Port Augusta Railway Station at 10am Sunday 30 May. NSU52 will “double-head” with recently restored steam locomotive NM25 to recreate a typical “Marree Mixed” train on a return journey to Quorn.