Welcome to the opportunity to step back into the romantic era of train travel. Enjoy an evening of luxury dining with family and friends whilst whistling through the exquisite Dandenong Ranges.
Puffing Billy introduces Steam & Cuisine After Dark where you and your guests will enjoy this exclusive dining event in our faithfully restored First Class dining carriages.
Beneath the pressed-metal ceilings of these softly lit, fully enclosed carriages, you are invited to enjoy the nostalgia of bygone days.
Luxury and fun, whilst chugging through dense fern foliage and wide-open fields, is what this evening is all about.
When you arrive...
You will notice that the daytime hustle and bustle of Puffing Billy’s charming Belgrave Station has subsided. This iconic Victorian tourist attraction is quiet now, save for the touch of ambient live music and the hissing of the historic locomotive as it prepares for it’s journey through the hills.
As you make your way onto the platform you will be welcomed by our friendly hosts. Embrace the opportunity to watch your crew prepare for the evening. You may even catch a glimpse inside the Station Master’s office.
As the loco huffs and steams, the world of train travel is yours. Explore the station, but don’t venture too far. Puffing Billy toots and leaves at 7.30pm, winding out through railway sidings and majestic gum trees. Your journey has begun.
Charter Puffing Billy’s Steam & Cuisine After Dark experience to commemorate a special occasion.
Imagine celebrating your birthday, anniversary or work achievements by chartering a carriage or entire train for your exclusive use. Please contact our Customer Service Centre for further information.
A menu to tempt you…
Enjoying the Puffing Billy experience, the ever-changing views and the company of your guests is why you have chosen Steam & Cuisine After Dark. To ensure the evening is as seamless as our narrow gauge track (762mm to be exact), we provide you with a pre-selected menu enabling your train hosts to serve your chosen cuisine without interruption.
Our entire menu is gluten free and can be viewed here. Warming Vegetable Soup, Baked Chicken with Pesto Sauce and succulent pan-seared Tasmanian Salmon are just a few of our offerings. You are invited to finish with Sticky Date Pudding or Key Lime Pie. Our tip: choose different dishes amongst your travel party and you can indulge in a taste of each!
Your delicious three-course dinner is complemented, of course, by a selection of wines and boutique beers from our neighbours in the internationally acclaimed wine region, the Yarra Valley.
We encourage to you select your menu choices at the time of booking.
If however, you are unsure of making selections on behalf of your guests, please proceed with your booking without menu selections. Your booking confirmation will provide details of how to complete your menu choices at a later time. Please note that menu choices must be finalised no later than 72 hours prior to travel.
Our live musician will be performing at Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station from 6.30pm, so arrive a little early and take time to enjoy the entertainment and explore your surroundings. Boarding by 7pm will ensure that you have time for a pre-dinner drink before entrée is served.
At 7.30pm, the whistle blows and you’re off. Steam & Cuisine After Dark has departed!
As the historic Puffing Billy wends and winds through the Dandenong Ranges look out for the world’s tallest flowering tree – the Mountain Ash.
Entrée and main course are served as you rattle through ferny gullies and cross over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge. As the loco steams ahead curving to the right, a magnificent view is afforded of steam train engineering at it’s best.
Crossing country roads as you travel through hillside neighbourhoods, you’ll feel as though you’re venturing into locals’ back yards – give them a wave as you pass by.
The short stop at Menzies Creek is one of the most scenic sections of the track. On leaving Menzies, the outlook of twinkling suburbs in the foothills below, and the Melbourne CBD in the distance, is enchanting.
Once you arrive at Lakeside Station, we encourage you to grab your table lantern and take a stroll along the platform.
Your crew is working hard as the locomotive takes on water for the return journey – an essential component of steam train operations. Watch as your loco reattaches. This is a great opportunity to capture some amazing images of the steam engine at night.
Your return journey completes the evening, as dessert, tea and coffee, and a complimentary glass of port are served.
Puffing Billy bids you goodnight as we pull in to Belgrave Station, returning at approximately 10.30pm. It’s good-bye for now from the staff and crew as you plan your next unique night out!
2017 Event Dates
- Friday 24 March
- Friday 21 April
- Friday 5 May
- Friday 2 June
- Saturday 5 August
- Friday 1 September
- Friday 13 October
- Saturday 28 October
- Friday 10 November
- Friday 24 November
- Thursday 7 December
Please check availability by selecting your preferred event date in the booking widget below.
$99 per person. No concessions apply.
Whilst we welcome children in our heritage dining carriages, we can only accommodate children aged 5 years and above. As a result, babies, toddlers and young ones under five years of age, cannot travel in our dining carriages. These age restrictions have been carefully considered in the interests of health and safety.
Steam & Cuisine After Dark 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.
Special Dietary Requirements
Puffing Billy Railway can cater for the following special dietary requirements for Steam & Cuisine After Dark:
- gluten free / celiacs (the menu is all gluten free*!)
Kindly 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.
Table Configurations & Carriage Seat Dimensions
The table configurations in our dining carriages 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.
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 should you have any concerns.
Passengers with special needs
Passengers with Special Needs (eg wheel chair access) must contact Puffing Billy’s Customer Service Centre 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 as a group. That way, more people in your party can enjoy some of the great local wines and beers available. Alternatively, Metro Trains operate throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays - please refer to the Public Transport Victoria website for details or check train times using the PTV Journey planner below.
Steam & Cuisine After Dark also available for private functions (for groups of 60 to 80) on any other evening, subject to availability. For further details, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 03 9757 0700.
Steam & Cuisine After Dark gift vouchers are available and make an ideal present to celebrate that special occasion. For further details please contact our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700 or purchase a voucher online.