News articles and media releases

Childhood steam train dream comes true

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society member David Heah, 21, realised a childhood dream recently when he became the organisation’s youngest-ever qualified steam locomotive driver.


'Heritage Heroes' of Pichi Richi preserve the past, train future tradies

Volunteers working along what was once the ‘Great Northern Railway’ have been honoured multiple times at this year’s Heritage Heroes Awards.

The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society (PRRPS) has been recognised twice: once for preserving a significant piece of South Australian history; and again for helping the region’s youth develop trade skills for the future through its contributions to the Pichi Richi Trade Training Centre.


Pichi Richi Railway featured on My Australia

Get behind the scenes with Australia Network’s My Australia and check out Natsumi’s visit to Pichi Richi Railway.


Coffee Pot Boiler Update

Another major milestone for the project has been achieved with the verification and registration of the boiler design having occurred in late December 2011.


On board with SA Life

SA Life’s Peter Michell enjoys a 'feast for the senses' on board the Austral's luncheon car on the Pichi Richi Explorer. Departing the last Sunday of the month, this is a rolling feast filled with breathtaking sights. 

Coffee Pot models

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society's Marketing Department wish to announce the sale of high-quality models of the Coffee Pot.

All profits go towards the Coffee Pot’s replacement boiler.


The "Hand Ghan" Reunion

Thirty years ago the new standard gauge railway to Alice Springs was under construction. Foundation member Jeremy Browne, having organised the Peterborough Centenary Trips with T186 in 1976, was keen to do something special to mark the end of the old Ghan.

A plan was formulated to run the last narrow gauge Ghan as a steam hauled special. Powered by T class and NM class steam locomotives double-heading, the train would take four days for the Marree to Alice run, stopping overnight en-route. The narrow gauge Ghan would follow for meals and beds for 150 first class passengers, with tents for 100 economy class passengers.


Coffee Pot boiler update

Coffee Pot has been out of action now for a couple of years, and with some successes in moving the new boiler project forward, it is pleasing to report some progress.

A request for a commercial budget price for design and build of a new boiler resulted in a quote of $140,000.  As a result a decision has been made to attempt to do it for substantially less than that if at all possible.