Pichi Richi Train

Pichi Richi Train

The Pichi Richi Railway Trains are located at Quorn… just up the road.

Trains depart from Quorn and Port Augusta and typically goes right pass Pichi Richi Park on the way to Woolshed Flat, Quorn or Port Augusta.

The railway is operated, maintained and managed by the dedicated volunteers of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc.

Visit the Pichi Richi Railway website for the train timetable.

Original Ghan steam locomotive NM25 with the Afghan Express in the scenic Pichi Richi Pass.

There are 2 trains operated by the society.

Afghan Express

The Afghan Express service turns the clock back to when the famous old Ghan travelled through the Pichi Richi Pass.  Wherever possible, the Afghan Express uses distinctive timber-bodied carriages built in the late 1920s for the narrow gauge old Ghan train service, and restored old Ghan steam locomotive NM25, built in 1925.

The Afghan Express is the name railwaymen gave to the passenger train that ran from Terowie to Oodnadatta, through Quorn, in 1923.

Pichi Richi Explorer

The Pichi Richi Explorer uses our historic Barwell Bull railcar, as well as steam services mainly during school holidays and long weekends, using genuine South Australian Railways carriages, some dating from the 19th century. Please see the timetable below to check which service will be operating.

On Saturday 8 June 2013, and Saturday 5 October 2013, the Pichi Richi Explorer will double head from Woolshed Flat to Quorn with the Afghan Express before returning to Quorn.

The service enables travellers to experience train travel as it was 100 years ago on country lines in South Australia. The carriages were used on narrow gauge trains such as the Great Northern Express, services in the South East of SA, the Ghan and the East-West Express.

  • South Australian timber bodied carriages – up to 115 years old
  • Quorn to Woolshed Flat and return (32km)
  • 2.5 hours duration
  • Light refreshments available at Woolshed Flat