During the COVID-19 pandemic, trains will operate with reduced capacity to enhance social distancing and hygeine. Currently Pichi Richi Explorer trains seat 134 passengers and Afghan Express trains 93 passengers. You are encouraged to bring your own hand-sanitiser, although this will be available on the train. You must not travel if you are feeling unwell - please advise Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre (1300 PR RAIL)or Pichi Richi Railway on 08 86486598 if this is the case. Passengers from outside South Australia should consider border restrictions when making bookings on Pichi Richi Railway.
Pichi Richi Railway operates between Quorn and Port Augusta in South Australia's Flinders Ranges region. The Pichi Richi Railway is narrow gauge and is the last remaining operating portion of the original Ghan railway. The railway was built in the 1870s featuring deep rock cuttings, superb stone wall embankments and spectacular iron bridges.
Trains operate from Quorn or Port Augusta using steam locomotives or historic diesels and genuine restored timber-body carriages up to 130 years old.
Standard trips include the Afghan Express (6hrs) from Port Augusta to Quorn and return, and the Pichi Richi Explorer (2.5hrs) from Quorn to Woolshed Flat and return.
A variety of hire options are also available for your special requirements.
The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society is a volunteer group, which has progressively restored and operated the railway as a working museum. Workshop tours are available by PRIOR ARRANGEMENT only - please email firstname.lastname@example.org, enquire at the Quorn Railway Station Ticket Office or the Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre at Quorn. Availability of tours depends on a Volunteer Guide being available so please enquire in advance. Closed-in shoes must be worn during workshop tours.