On a still night you'll hear the seven distinct echoes of the steam whistle through the Pichi Richi Pass

Charter one of our stunning, fully restored heritage carriages or your own train for a more exclusive experience—perfect for corporate entertaining, weddings, parties and school groups.

Discuss your options with our special hire coordinator: phone (08) 86422733 (international +61 8 86422733) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VIP travel, 1930s style

Just choose a date from our timetable and we'll reserve a VIP carriage for you and your guests. Enjoy the privacy of your own carriage at an affordable price.

The South Australian Railways Commissioner's carriage "Flinders" features full-length windows for a perfect view of the scenery while you relax in the comfort of the Commissioner's lounge.

Perhaps you'd prefer to travel in royal fashion aboard Commonwealth Railways Special Car No. 3, NSS34. It was used by HRH the Duke of Gloucester during his 1934 Australian visit. Commonwealth Railways carriage NRC36 (now NIA36) is also in our collection - you could re-enact General Douglas MacArthur's famous speech "I came out of Bataan, and I shall return", standing on the same carriage platform from which those famous words were spoken in 1942.

Your train, your way

Ever wanted your own train? This is your chance to pretend you own the railway! Hire a steam train, the unique Coffee Pot steam motor coach, or a vintage diesel railcar for a customized experience by day or night for up to 250 passengers.

On-board catering facilities are available with a range of local caterers to choose from.

Our charters are exclusive experiences delivered by our specially trained volunteer train crews and availability is limited. If you wish to hire a private train be sure to enquire well in advance of your travel date.  Quotes can be provided by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Nardean and I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in making Nardean’s birthday celebration memorable and enjoyable.  From the canapes to the photo stop at the Lattice Bridge to the delightful birthday wishes from the Coffee Pot and Fire Patrol crew every minute of our experience was enjoyable and fun. 


While the members of the PRR Society were professional and knowledgeable their friendly approachable and fun attitude to us and our guests made the day much more than a train ride on the beautiful Coffee Pot.  Every aspect of the day exceeded our expectations and we would like you to pass our sincere and wholehearted appreciation and thanks to everyone involved in the day.  While everyone was amazing special mention must go to Kath, Peter and Vanessa, with our family and friends repeatedly commenting on Kath and Peter’s friendly and generous nature and the quality and deliciousness of Vanessa’s canapes.   Please extend our sincere appreciation to everyone involved."

A picnic with a difference

The South Australian Railways converted this 1937 Morris 25 to operate on narrow-gauge rails. Beautifully restored, the motor inspection car (MIC) is perfect for up to four adventurous picnic-makers and their lunch.

We'll provide a chauffeur, you enjoy the adventure!

Gourmet picnic hampers are available on request.

MIC126 Fares: 

 2021 Private Hires Return  One-Way
Quorn to Port Augusta $626 $435
Quorn to Woolshed Flat $371  




  • 1920s luxury aboard Special Car No. 3
    1920s luxury aboard Special Car No. 3
  • The motor inspection car, MIC126
    The motor inspection car, MIC126

    Just the right size for up to five adventurous picnic-makers and their lunch

  • The century-old Coffee Pot steam motor coach
    The century-old Coffee Pot steam motor coach