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Funding for the level crossing protection for the five crossings between Stirling North and Port Augusta has been resolved, with installation commencing shortly. The protection will be largely installed by the end of March, enabling the opening to the public of the 4 3/4 mile (7 km) Stirling North – Port Augusta section on Good Friday, with regular services over the line commencing the following day.

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The 3 level crossings in Pichi Richi Pass have recently been upgraded. They now have flashing lights and bells, which were commissioned in late October.

These crossings, where the Quorn to Stirling North road crosses the railway, have been on the "hit list" for some time.

The major extension and restoration project is about to commence.

Works include the full restoration of former Commonwealth Railways steam locomotive NM25, major earthworks at Stirling North, and extension of the Narrow Gauge line to the dock platform at Port Augusta station. Completion is anticipated for late 2001.

This is stage two of the project. Stage one, including rebuilding the track from Woolshed Flat to Stirling North, and restoration of four former Commonwealth Railways passenger carriages. Detailed information and progress updates are on the Projects page.

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The SA Minister for Tourism announced on 29 May 2000 that Pichi Richi Railway has been allocated $500,000 funding in the 2000-01 State Budget. This will be part of a $1.2M funding package.

This, along with $1.3M previously pledged by the City of Port Augusta together with private sector sponsorship, will be used to complete Stage 2 of the PRR Development Project, once a number of issues have been resolved.

This will see the Pichi Richi Railway extended 7km from its current Stirling North terminus into Port Augusta Railway Station, along with carriage and locomotive restoration and infrastructure works.