Behind the scenes

Volunteering

Pichi Richi Railway relies on volunteers for all aspects of its operations.  The Volunteering page has more information on how you may be able to help. 

Pichi Richi Railway Major Projects

NM25 Restoration

Steam locomotive NM25, which hauled the Ghan passenger trains through the Pichi Richi Pass from 1925 until the 1950s, has been fully overhauled including repairs to the boiler and major mechanical work.  Visit the NM25 restoration project page.

Track Extension to Port Augusta

The Pichi Richi Railway line has been extended to Port Augusta. Major civil engineering works to cross the standard gauge lines in Stirling North, and also to cross the causeway into Port Augusta were undertaken. This project was the winner of the prestigous 2002 Permanent Way Institute (SA Section) Trackwork Achievement Award.

Have a look at the Port Augusta track extension project page.

The official opening was held at Easter 2002.

W22 Restoration

W22 was used on the Silverton Tramway from Broken Hill to Cockburn, and later was displayed at the Menzies Creek Museum of Puffing Billy Railway.

The locomotive itself was beyond economical repair, however one of the almost identical Western Australian W class, W916, has been rebuilt as W22.

The first trial runs were held in March and April 2003, and the locomotive entered service on the Pichi Richi Railway in the April 2003 school holidays.