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Address: | Quorn Railway Station, Quorn, South Australia 5433, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 777 245
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Watch the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges roll past as you relax...

Watch the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges roll past as you relax in the style of a bygone era.

Built in the 1870s, this unique railway is the last remaining operating portion of the "Old Ghan" narrow-gauge line.

After being abandoned in the 1950's, the Railway was revived in 1974 by the volunteers of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society who have progressively restored a remarkable collection of heritage locomotives and carriages.

Trains operate March - November. Visit our website for timetable and bookings.

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Romantic date in the train

I love the train, pichi richi railway is amazing, the train is old and the machinist was friendly. It was in winter, therefore the wind was very cold. we can see outside with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mar S
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the train, pichi richi railway is amazing, the train is old and the machinist was friendly. It was in winter, therefore the wind was very cold. we can see outside with the window's open. The train stopped in a small town, we could buy hot tea/ other beverages and food there. It would be great for family trip.

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Thank Mar S
Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I'm a bit of a train buff (like most guys) and this experience is compelling!! Pros: Outback adventure on a steam train (last steam train before bushfire season kicks in), nice comfortable pace (20km in two hours - maths is easy), scenic wonderland, the smell of steam train smoke at every turn in the track and a great look around... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We knew we would be too late for a trip on the train as we were driving up from Adelaide - we did see it go by - but we thought we would be able to see the steam engines in the sheds and the work shops as you can with the restored railways in the UK but the girlie... More 

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Megan D, Public Relations Manager at Pichi Richi Railway, responded to this review

Dear TravellerWirral, Thank you for making the long journey all the way to our outback railway. We run entirely on volunteer power, and can only open our workshops to the public on those days that the Pichi Richi Explorer steam train is operating. Workshop tours can be booked on these days, and depart in the afternoon after the train returns.... More 

Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is an historical journey that hits all the fun spots for kids of ALL ages. As a couple, we found it romantic, beautiful and utterly delightful. The well informed train attendants are dressed in appropriate costumes that add a curious and authentic flavour to their tales of past glories and struggles for the farmers past and present. We were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Unfortunately we went on the day when it was only running from Quorn and only did the short ride, we would have loved to have ridden all the way from Port Augusta but that said, it's well worth it. The drive up to Quorn railway station is beautiful and Quorn itself is a step back in time. One of the... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Every Saturday this heritage railway operates a steam train excursion over the Pichi Richi Pass in the scenic Southern Flinders Ranges, to their headquarters in the township of Quorn (in summer = bushfire season, the train is diesel hauled). The carriages are usually relics of the old Ghan service to Central Australia. The staff are all volunteers, and the rolling... More 

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A brilliant day on the train from Port Augusta to Quorn and back. Great value day out. Very friendly conductors.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

This trip is a great train ride, however it is a huge day for younger kids, even a 9 year old girl that loves steam trains we took for the day, the day proved to be a bit much. The return trip to PT Augusta back to the station gets in, around 8 Pm. It is definitely worth doing with... More 

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Megan D, Public Relations Manager at Pichi Richi Railway, responded to this review

While we love the ride into the ranges on our Afghan Express from Pt Augusta, we agree this can be a long day for kids. Your suggestion of a one way trip is great 😊 We also offer shorter half day trips a few times each month. Look for Pichi Richi Explorer or Barwell Bull or Twilight Explorer services online:... More 

Port Augusta, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Run and maintained by volunteers this train winds its way slowly through the Flinders Ranges from Quorn to Pt Augusta, A fabulous journey to take for young and old;.

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Megan D, Public Relations Manager at Pichi Richi Railway, responded to this review

we agree - it's a lovely pace to travel :) thank you for visiting! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This has to be one of the "Must Do" things for people touring the Port Augusta / Flinders Ranges area. The average age of the people waiting to board the "Afghan Express" indicates that this is a nostalgic trip for many, as we soak in the smells and feelings of our distant past. The trains are in excellent condition, which... More 

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Thank Barry M
Megan D, Public Relations Manager at Pichi Richi Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Barry. Sharing heritage gives our restoration team a real buzz. They'll be glad to hear your appreciated their work! I'll pass on your comments to them. There is no shortage of rolling stock to restore in our workshops, which should keep them going for quite a few years! Meg More 

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