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The State Government has donated the 22 km Apamurra to Cambrai broad gauge line to Pichi Richi Railway, to assist in the extension of the PRR line from Stirling North to Port Augusta.

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.

Triple-gauge turnout constructed by PRRPS (Photo: Andrew Thompson)

For most of the last decade Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. (PRRPS) has generated useful surpluses through the hiring of our track machinery to other railways including Zig Zag Railway, Australian National and BHP Co Ltd Whyalla. These surpluses have contributed to numerous projects around Quorn, including completion of the CWA Hut, the diesel annexe etc.

Earlier in the year, PRRPS was invited to tender a lump sum price for the provision of labour and equipment to construct six mixed-gauge turnouts at the Port Dock Museum site. The work was part of their $550,000 Commonwealth Railways Museum project funded by the Centenary of Federation.