About Puffing Billy

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Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and popular Melbourne activity for kids! 

The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges located only one hour east of Melbourne. With the lush fern gullies brushing past, and the tall Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its was through the temperate rainforest. 

Bring the family, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction. Visitors are invited to step back in time whilst dangling their legs over the side of the carriage. Unforgettable photos can be captured whilst the train travels over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge.

The attraction is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. 

Couples enjoy a different type of Puffing Billy experience by having lunch aboard the First Class dining carriages. Other special events include Day Out With Thomas events, Dinner & Dance Trains and Murder Mystery dinners!  

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.

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Find out more information about Puffing Billy's different stations along the Railway line and find out how to get there by car.


The Journey

Puffing Billy Railway travels between Belgrave and Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne.


History & Heritage

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.


Rolling Stock

Each locomotive operating on the Puffing Billy Railway has its own history and identity.


Emerald Tourist Railway Board

The Emerald Tourist Railway Act 1977 (No 9020) established the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (ETRB) with responsibility for the "preservation, development,



Puffing Billy travels daily through a valuable corridor consisting of scenic bushland and native wildlife. The landscape and environment is a scenic asset


Speakers Panel

The Puffing Billy Railway has experienced speakers who are available to talk to community groups and clubs.


Fire Strategy

Puffing Billy Railway regularly reviews its Fire Prevention Plans with the intention of minimising the fire risk within and adjacent to the railway...