Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world.
This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne.
Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.
Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY...
"A trip on Puffing Billy is possibly the closest thing to time-travel you can experience. It would be worth it just to experience a unique ride on a functional antique but the sights and sounds are exhilarating too! What makes this a really feel-good experience though is the way that everyone seems to love this classic little train - expect friendly waves and good vibes from almost everyone you see along the track - from residents who see it everyday to kids on bikes and motorists waiting at the crossings... Something about Puffing Billy just makes folks want to smile and wave!"
Dallas travelled on Puffing Billy in December 2012.
"Our daughter, who lives in Melbourne, suggested a trip whilst we were visiting her, and it was a brilliant idea. Everyone was very helpful and cheerful. The trip lasted most of the day so was good value for money. I felt like a child again hanging out of a steam train window and waving to everyone we passed. They all waved back which was great. If you're in Melbourne, make this a priority. We took a picnic to Gembrook. If we have time before we go back to the UK we will go to Lakeside. Your volunteers are dedicate and amazing. Thank you for preserving this wonderful railway."
Joy travelled on Puffing Billy in December 2012.
Puffing Billy Railway travels from Belgrave to Lakeside and Gembrook in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. Highlights along the Railway line include the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge, the site of the 1953 Landslide and the Nobelius Packing Shed.Read More >
The Emerald Tourist Railway Act 1977 (No 9020) established the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (ETRB) with responsibility for the "preservation, development, promotion and maintenance of the narrow gauge steam railway (known as Puffing Billy)....Read More >
The Puffing Billy Railway was one of four low-cost 2'6" (762mm) gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas. Read more...Read More >
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