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Quorn
Quorn railway station, 2017 (01).jpg
Station building in April 2017
Location Flinders Ranges Way, Quorn
Coordinates 32°12′S 138°01′E / 32.20°S 138.02°E / -32.20; 138.02Coordinates: 32°12′S 138°01′E / 32.20°S 138.02°E / -32.20; 138.02
Operated by Australian National /
Pichi Richi Railway
Line(s) Central Australia Railway
Distance 374 km (232.39 mi) from Adelaide
Platforms 1
Construction
Structure type Ground
Other information
Status Closed (still open for PRR)
History
Opened 15 December 1879
Closed 1972
Rebuilt 1915

Quorn railway station was located on the Central Australia Railway serving the South Australian town of Quorn.

History

Quorn station opened on 15 December 1879 as the interim terminus of the Central Australia Railway from Port Augusta. On 28 June 1880, it was extended north to Hawker, and eventually to Alice Springs in 1929. In 1881, Quorn became a junction station with the opening of the Peterborough–Quorn railway line from Peterborough and the south.

In anticipation of the completion of the Trans-Australian Railway across the Nullarbor Plain in 1917, and the line via Quorn becoming part of the East-West route, a new station opened in 1915. In 1937, the East-West services were diverted to a new route via Port Pirie.

In 1957, a new standard gauge Stirling North to Marree line opened, resulting in the closure of the narrow gauge line beyond Hawker. The Stirling North to Hawker section closed on 1 June 1972. The line from Quorn to Peterborough closed on 3 March 1987.

The line from Quorn to Stirling North was progressively restored by the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society from 1974. It was completed in 1999. The final 7 km (4.35 mi) into Port Augusta opened on a new alignment in 2001. Quorn station is the society's headquarters.

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