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Breaking news: Pichi Richi Railway's unique steam railcar, Steam Motor Coach No. 1, known affectionately as the Coffee Pot, is a major step closer to returning to operation after it successfully underwent a steam test today.

Pichi Richi Railway's 40th anniversary celebrations were featured in the Flinders News on 13 August 2014.  Read the article on the Flinders News website

The contribution made to the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society by the late Joy Baluch AM, former Mayor of Port Augusta, will be formally acknowledged with the naming of the Joy Baluch AM Memorial Operations Centre.

Passengers on board the June long weekend train experienced an event that only occurs twice a year: the double header, where two trains meet in the heart of the Pichi Richi Pass. The Afghan Express departed Port Augusta while the Pichi Richi Explorer departed Quorn, and both trains joined together at Woolshed Flat for a train ride with twice the steam.

David Palmer crossed the Nullabor last week, fulfilling a long-held ambition to see the Flinders Ranges while completing a special mission that ties together two historic railways.

"This was my first trip to the Flinders Ranges, but I’m already planning a second one", said David. "There’s no way to describe it really, turning around the bend and there in front of you there’s this ancient landscape".

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.

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.

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