News articles and media releases

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.

Visit Pichi Richi Railway’s Quorn Loco Workshops on Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 between 10am and 5pm for two days of fascinating displays, demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more.

This is a special chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, where visitors can marvel at Pichi Richi Railway’s enormous locomotives and original wooden carriages. Watch demonstrations of the restoration process of these massive engines and delicate carriages. See the demanding work involved in repairing track. Experience the coal and the dust!

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society will be running a special steam train to take passengers to the annual Quorn Show this year.

“The Quorn Show is proud of its history, having started back in 1880. Pichi Richi Railway shares that link with the past, and this is a perfect way for show-goers from Port Augusta and surrounding areas to make a real day of it”, said Cathy Smythe, marketing officer for Pichi Richi Railway.