It’s standard fare on many a weekend morning at the Quorn Railway Station: a great hulking beast huffs and puffs its way into position for another trip through the picturesque Flinders Ranges.
For many families, a trip on the Pichi Richi Explorer will be a first, a memorable return journey between Quorn and Woolshed Flat. But the Explorer’s just one of many holiday options restored and maintained by an army of volunteers.
The Pichi Richi Heritage Railway Preservation Society is growing as it continues to add to its world-class fleet of steam-powered services. From the Pichi Richi Explorer to the cute Coffee Pot, the Brill Car, The Paymasters’ Car, the Afghan Express and the recently restored YX – 141, there’s a host of exciting railway experiences on offer for visitors. Many of these trains are also available for individual hire.
Take to the tracks in any of these trains and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time. It really feels like a Frontier Railway – because it was. Pastoralists used this railway line to bring produce to market; mining companies used it; and in World War Two, servicemen travelled on this line on their way to the war in the Pacific.
The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society runs a host of services throughout the year.
Head to the society’s website for all the details.