Step back into the romantic era of train travel this Valentine's Day - Wednesday 14 February!
Enjoy an evening of luxury dining with your loved one whilst whistling through the exquisite Dandenong Ranges.
You 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.
Allow us to set the scene...
Upon arrival at Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station you will immediately be struck by the quiet atmosphere of the evening at this otherwise busy tourist attraction.
Live music adds to the ambience as you take in the nostalgia of steam and watch the train crew prepare the historic locomotive for its departure.
Before long, our friendly train hosts will welcome you onboard the beautifully restored dining carriages. As you sit back and relax in the cozy carriage booths, the train host will serve you a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink. This is also when the special delivery of red roses for the ladies takes place!
Before you know it, you will feel the train departing from the station. Underway, you can enjoy the evening vista of the Dandenong Ranges whilst our live musician further adds to the rustic atmosphere of the inviting carriages.
The Food and Wine
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, Mediterranean Calamari Bake and Baked Chicken with Pesto Sauce 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 to your partner so you can indulge in a taste of each!
This delicious three course dinner is of course complemented by a selection of wines and boutique beers from our nearby wine region, the Yarra Valley.
We encourage you to select your menu choices at time of booking.
However, if unsure, please proceed with your booking without selecting any menu choices. Your booking confirmation will provide details about how to advise your menu choices at a later time. Please note that this must be advised at least 72 hours prior to travelling.
The Valentine's Day Dinner departs from Puffing Billy's Belgrave station at 7.30pm, with our live musician performing from 6.30pm onwards.
The entree and main course are served whilst the train winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges, with the world's tallest flowering tree - the Mountain Ash towering overhead and lush fern gullies brushing past.
The steam and the train whistle makes for a thrilling journey through the temperate rainforest before the train arrives into Lakeside station. Once there, 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.
The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port served. Puffing Billy bids you goodnight as we pull in to Belgrave Station, returning at approximately 10.30pm.
$115 per person. No concessions apply.
VALENTINE'S DAY BOOKINGS-
Fare Inclusions and Booking Deadline
Fare includes train journey from Belgrave to Lakeside return, three course dinner, tea, coffee and one complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink per person. Tickets will be on sale until 12pm the business day before travel and are subject to availability. Booking Terms and Conditions.
Special Dietary Requirements
Puffing Billy Railway can cater for the following special dietary requirements for the Valentine's Day Dinner:
- 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.
Metro Trains on the Belgrave Line takes you within a 5 minute stroll from the Puffing Billy station. Please refer to the Public Transport Victoria website for details or check train times using the PTV Journey planner below. Alternatively, car parking is available only for Valentine's Day Dinner patrons in Puffing Billy's volunteer car park located off Old Monbulk Road.