Pichi Richi Railway

March 2003

Pichi Richi Railway, located in the Flinders Ranges Near Port Augusta, is one of south Australia's Iconic tourist railways, and arguably, one of the finest narrow gauge preserved railways in the world.

It was formed in 1973, purely with the aim of preserving the unique track bed, but has blossomed into an extensive collection of operational motive power and rollingstock.

I first approached Pichi Richi Railway, on behalf of ASSCO back in 2000 for access, and finalised the negotiations through an agreement a few weeks before our run. Twelve people, travelling from as far as Brisbane and Perth joined in for the weekend, as did Steve Hooper, from Transport SA, who completed ASSCO's annual operational field audit.

The railway has only recently extended its operations from Woolshed Flat into Port Augusta, giving a total route of some 42km. Our agreement was limited to Stirling North, once one of the key yards in the Commonwealth Railways Empire.The group squeezed in three full trips,and a run to the Lattice Bridge. Trains did run throughout the weekend.

On this run, I got to take my ST2, F18 for a spin - there are some pics of her at Woolshed Flat

Ken McHugh came from Brisbane for the trip. This was his first time on timer equipped cars. this scene is near Gallipoli Corner

Photo by Ian Harris

Woolshed Flat Yard

Ken fills out his feedback form. This fills out part of the requirements of the ASSCO safety management and quality system.

My YouTube Video of the trip.

Page and images © Nic Doncaster 2008

Uploaded October 25, 2008

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