Quorn is the first town encounted when heading north from Port Augusta to Wilpina Pound. Quorn is also the gateway town to the Flinders Ranges. Quorn is an old rail town, and still to this day has a sympathetic alliance with that era. Quorn is a very old town and many of the buildings in the town. Buildings that were built to last and heritage importance have set Quorn up as an important SA heritage town.
In 1917, Quorn became the crossroads of any north–south (on the Central Australian Railway to Oodnadatta) or east–west travel in Australia, when the Trans-Australia Railway was completed between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie. This made Quorn an important town, given that any person travelling east-west or north-south in Australia would need to pass through Quorn. As a result, many fine buildings were built as the town expanded.
Quorn was a vital service point for trains heading north to Alice Springs and carried over 1,000,000 troops heading to Darwin and on to Papua New Guinea.
In 1973, a group of railway enthusiasts assembled with the desire to preserve the unique bridges and stone work built in the previous century that formed the railway through the Pichi Richi Pass between Quorn and Stirling North. Thus the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc was formed. Although the intention was to just preserve the railway through the Pichi Richi Pass, they later acquired operable railway rolling stock and locomotives and today provide a tourist railway service through the Pichi Richi Pass to from Quorn to Port Augusta. The Quorn Railway Museum gives a great insight into that rich railway history.