Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway will be trumpeting along with live Jazz music with the Mast Gully Quartet, great local wines and a dinner in the historic Nobelius Packing Shed.
First Class Train Journey
Aboard Puffing Billy's dining carriages
From the moment you board at Puffing Billy's Belgrave station platform, your feet will be tapping as you enjoy the live jazz performed by local band the Mast Gully Quartet! Afterwards, you will board the train for a fun-filled journey through the Dandenong Ranges all the way up to the historic restored Packing Shed.
Your entree of homemade soup will be served on board the heritage dining carriages, which are heated in winter to ensure your journey is both comfortable and enjoyable.
Dinner, Live Jazz and Dancing
At the Nobelius Packing Shed
In the rustic informality of the 'Nobelious Packing Shed', you'll be sure to enjoy the blazing log fire during the cooler months.
Our carvery includes various roast meats, vegetables and salads, and is followed by various dessert options.
You will be listening to more Jazz tunes until the driver blows the whistle signalling your return to the train.
A range of beverages, including local Yarra Valley wines, are available to purchase both on board the train and in the ‘Nobelius Packing Shed’.
The return journey back to Belgrave wraps up the evening, with a complimentary glass of port, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates and served.
Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway departs from Belgrave station at 7.00pm. Please ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the departure time.
Arrival back into Belgrave station is approximately 11.30pm.
ABOUT THE MAST GULLY QUARTET
Clarinet, sax and vocals
Mike has done the full music circle from jazz to rock to folk to country and back and has played with many bands of note including the Red Onions, Ram Jam Big Band, Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers, Radio Days, Creole Bells and, currently, the New Melbourne Jazz Band.
Noel has been playing in jazz, rock and folk groups for many years at festivals, private functions and commercial venues such as restaurants and hotels. The bands include The Sweet Nutcrackers Jazz Band, The Black Beach Jazz Band, The Waterfront Café Band and Algonquin Swing. Currently Noel is performing at Jazz festivals, restaurants, the Upwey/Belgrave RSL Jazz Club as well as on the Puffing Billy Jazz Train.
Keyboard and Vocals
Neil brings a wealth of musical experience to any live performance with his ability on keyboard and vocals. In addition to his contribution to the Melbourne Jazz scene, Neil’s experience has included function work for many years at various reception venues around Melbourne, being Musical Director at the Tivoli Theatre Restaurant in Malvern for 5 years and playing Cocktail Piano at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in Melbourne for 2 years.
Currently Neil is playing piano in Mainstream Jazz Groups ranging from 2 to 6 piece, often accompanying vocalists at various jazz festivals, restaurants, and venues such as the Upwey/Belgrave RSL Jazz Club, Jazz on Main at Lilydale and Jazz at the Bowl in Frankston
Graeme has been on the Melbourne jazz scene for over 50 years. He has worked with many of the top players, and has earned a reputation as one of the more reliable jazz players, equally at home in Modern, Mainstream, Dixie and Traditional styles. His well known and subtle use of the muted trumpet has won many accolades, especially as a backing player for vocalists. He has been a regular contributor at Jazz Festivals around Australia and was music director of the Inverloch Festival for four years. His current gigs include working with Pippa Wilson as well as appearing regularly at the Upwey/Belgrave RSL Jazz Club.
Jazz Train Bookings-
Fare Inclusions and Booking Deadline
The fare includes the train journey, three-course meal, entertainment, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase. No concession fares apply. Unless already sold out, bookings will close at 12 noon on the last business day prior to travel. Booking Terms and Conditions.
$99 per person. No concessions apply.
Includes: Train journey, three course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Puffing Billy Railway can only cater for the following special dietary requirements:
- gluten free / celiacs
Please ensure you advise us at least 72 hours prior to travel should you have one of the above dietary requirements. If booking online, please let us know in the "Notes" box when completing your booking.
Dining Carriage - due to the heritage nature of our dining carriages, the table configurations can seat up to two (2) or up to four (4) people. If your party consists of more than 4 people, we will do our best to ensure your tables are located close to each other.
Packing Shed - the tables located in the Packing Shed can seat up to a maximum of 12 people and where possible we will do our best to seat your party together.
CARRIAGE SEATS DIMENSIONS
Our heritage dining carriages have tables and chairs that are fixed to the floor and cannot be moved. As a result, people of generous proportions could find seating in the dining carriages restrictive. Please note that the distance between the edge of the table and the back of the chair is only 41 centimetres. To ensure you have a positive experience at Puffing Billy Railway we strongly urge you to contact our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700 should you have any concerns.
Passengers with special needs
Passengers with Special Needs (eg wheel chair access) must contact Puffing Billy’s Customer Service Centree on (03) 9757 0700 rather than book online. This way we can determine whether your needs can be accommodated.
We encourage you to car pool to Puffing Billy (or alternatively hire a minibus) if travelling on 'Jazz on Puffing Billy' as a group. That way, more people in your party can enjoy some of the great local wines and beers available.
Please note that there is no Metro Train service after the train returns to Belgrave at 11.30pm.
The 'Jazz on Puffing Billy' is also available for private functions (for groups of 60 to 80) on any other evening. For further details, please contact our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700.
Jazz on Puffing Billy gift vouchers are available and make an ideal present to celebrate that special occasion. For further details please contact our Customer Service Centree on (03) 9757 0700 or purchase a voucher online.