Murder On The Puffing Billy Express

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Amongst the glamour of the Flapper Era where pearls and feathers, silk bow ties and braces are the fashion, there has been a murder on the Puffing Billy Express!

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Join us at Puffing Billy’s Murder Mystery Dinner where you will enjoy an evening of deception and intrigue.  As Puffing Billy steams into the ferny darkness of the Dandenong Ranges, you are tasked with getting to know the players in this tale.  A hearty meal worthy of any private eye awaits at the Nobelius Packing Shed where the story unfolds.

Dress to the theme of the 1920s and 1930s to go into the draw to win the Best Dressed Prize.

Invite your guests to a Murder Mystery Night for great way to celebrate your special event or work function where everyone gets involved.

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is important to arrive at Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.  Your crew is on a mission to whisk you away to solve scandal and scam - on time!

Whilst you may feel the chill of the evening air on joining us amongst the landscape of the Dandenong Ranges – ladies, may we suggest you bring an elegant wrap - we assure you that your forward journey will be comfortable.  Entrée will be served under the pressed metal ceilings of our restored dining carriages (heated, of course, during the cooler months) whilst you become acquainted with the characters in our ‘Who Dunnit?’ 

Get to know them, question them.  Are they all suspects and scammers?

Puffing Billy Murder Mystery Dinner

After a short comfort stop at Menzies Creek we continue on to the Nobelius Packing Shed where the open fire crackles in winter. 

It’s time now to tuck in as our carvery staff serves a selection of roasts, vegetables and salads.  Enjoy your meal as you discuss the case with your fellow passengers.  Dessert options will be brought to your table as you continue to question and analyse the suspects.

Solve the Murder Mystery and bring the accused to justice before your Puffing Billy Crew sound the whistle calling you back on board.

Satisfied that another mystery has been solved, we invite you to relax on your return journey.  Tea, coffee, after-dinner chocolates and a complimentary glass of port are served as we make our way back to Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station.

Puffing Billy Murder Mystery Dinner

The Puffing Billy crew and cast from the Gemco Players Community Theatre​ bid you farewell until the next time we travel on the Murder Mystery Train.

A range of beverages, including internationally acclaimed wines from the Yarra Valley Region, are available for purchase both on board the train and in the Nobelius Packing Shed.

Puffing Billy Murder Mystery Dinner


  • 7.30pm on selected Thursday and Friday evenings
  • 7.00pm on selected Saturday evenings

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express departs from Puffing Billy's Belgrave station. 
Please ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the departure time.
Arrival back into Belgrave station is approximately 11.30pm.


2018 Event Dates

  • Saturday 24 March
  • Friday 13 April
  • Saturday 21 April
  • Saturday 5 May
  • Friday 18 May
  • Saturday 2 June
  • Saturday 16 June
  • Friday 29 June
  • Saturday 14 July
  • Friday 20 July
  • Saturday 28 July
  • Saturday 11 August
  • Saturday 18 August
  • Friday 7 September
  • Saturday 15 September


  • Saturday 6 October
  • Saturday 13 October
  • Saturday 20 October
  • Saturday 27 October
  • Saturday 3 November
  • Saturday 10 November
  • Friday 23 November
  • Friday 30 November
  • Friday 7 December
  • Saturday 15 December

Please check availability by selecting your preferred event date in the booking widget below.


$115 per person.

Please note:

  • No concessions apply.
  • There is no air-conditioning in our carriages (we use natural air-conditioning - windows!) However, the carriages are equipped with heating during the cooler months.


  • Train journey, three course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase.





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.

Our Menu

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Puffing Billy Railway can only cater for the following special dietary requirements:

  • vegetarians
  • gluten free / celiacs
  • diabetics

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.


What to Wear??

We encourage our Murder Mystery Dinner patrons to dress to the 1920s or 30s era. Whilst not compulsory, it certainly adds to the experience!

If in doubt as to where to begin, we suggest you refer to shows such as Mrs Fisher's Murder Mysteries or Agatha Christie's Poirot or Miss Marple for ideas! 

Otherwise, have a look these photos shared by previous patrons:

Table configurations

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.


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 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 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.

Private functions

The 'Murder on the Puffing Billy Express' is also available for private functions (for groups up to 80 people) on any other evening, subject to availability. For further details, please contact our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700.


Gift vouchers

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express 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. 

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