The Snail Trail

Travelling with my home on my back and in no hurry to get anywhere

The Pichi Richi Explorer – Steaming into the Past!

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I became a real tourist today and boarded an old steam train for a two hour journey into the past. The Pichi Richi railway is actually part of the original Ghan track and runs between Port Augusta and Quorn, in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. My journey today started and finished at Quorn with a stopover for a cuppa at Woolshed Flat. What a wonderful way to spend a few hours!

All aboard!!


 Leaving Quorn 

Passed a flock of hundreds of corellas


Through gorges


To Woolshed Flat, where they turned the engine around to the other end of the train for the return journey. 



And back to Quorn  


Now here’s a bit of trivia for you! To split the stones that were used in the drystone walls they would drill a hole in the stone with a star shaped drill then pack it tight with feathers, fill it with water and overnight the feathers would expand and break the stone open. Bet you didn’t know that before! 

What a great trip!


Author: The Snail Trail

I’m a nomad who loves travelling Australia in my old campervan, Brutus the Beast, seeing amazing places and meeting fellow travellers.

One thought on “The Pichi Richi Explorer – Steaming into the Past!

  1. We saw this advertised recently when in SA but had trouble with car so did not get to go on this train. Missed out looks like fun.


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