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I first met the Pichi Richi Railway well before I started taking railway photos in earnest. Indeed, I might almost say that the Pichi Richi Railway started all this! It was when I first started going out with my not-yet-wife, and we did a camping trip up to the Flinders Ranges with a bunch of friends. We camped near the Saltia Bridge, in the creek bed (very much a no-no, for those of you who know their camping rules!), and explored the adjacent railway line. Its derelict status made an impression on me, to the extent that I started researching the current status of railways in Australia, and made contact with the Australian Railways Historical Society, and ... well, the rest is another story, but when I saw through those connections that a fledgling Pichi Richi Railway Society was being formed to restore that line, I joined up.
At Easter 2003, my wife and I made a return journey to the Flinders - some 35 years after that camping trip, and 30 years after joining the society - and travelled on the PRR. We spent a day with the railway, seeing the brand new W22 in service, and caught W933 leaving Quorn a few days later. We must make a point of returning sooner than 35 years ...
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