Vision, Mission & Objectives

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"Engaging people in the preservation of Puffing Billy Railway for current and future generations"

Mission Statement

To preserve, restore and operate the Puffing Billy Railway as Australia’s premier heritage steam railway, in a safe efficient and economically sustainable manner, for the ongoing education, benefit and satisfaction of the community, customers and the Railway stakeholders, including staff, volunteers and members.


  1. To preserve, and where possible restore for future generations the narrow gauge railway line between Belgrave and Gembrook as a world class heritage steam railway known as Puffing Billy Railway.
  2. To develop the Society’s collection of archival and museum items related to our history specifically and narrow gauge railways in general.
  3. To undertake preservation projects that meet the Society’s objectives by raising the required funds and by developing project teams with the ETRB to complete these projects.
  4. To support the ETRB in keeping the railway in operation as a major tourist attraction, whilst maintaining the historic integrity of the railway.
  5. To support, encourage and develop those who volunteer their time and effort into ensuring the economic viability of the railway.
  6. To develop within our membership personnel of appropriate competence and standing to serve on Society Committees, Society Executive Committee and as members of the ETRBoard.
  7. To enable member participation in the future direction of the Society and the railway.
  8. To communicate with members to:
    • Keep them informed about what is happening around the railway.
    • Provide opportunities for involvement in decision making.
    • Provide social and other opportunities for members to interact.

To achieve these objectives the Society endeavours to maintain a membership of sufficient size and expertise from which to:

  • Provide from its executive committee four members of appropriate competence and standing to serve on the ETRB,
  • Provide sufficient members of appropriate skill and experience to serve the Board in a management capacity,
  • Provide sufficient volunteers in all the categories required to maintain the economic viability of the railway,
  • To act as a fund raising base for relevant projects which fall outside the Board's charter or priorities.

In 1975, the P.B.P.S. Executive Committee adopted the 1900-1930 period as the Railway's Era of Significance (EoS) which would, in time, determine the way the railway would be presented in appearance and "feel" or culture. This has subsequently been adopted as policy by the E.T.R.B. and has been progressively implemented over ensuing years.

This means that not only are the locos and rolling stock being restored to represent periods within the EoS, but much more than that; all infrastructure including buildings, signalling, fencing and signage, plus uniforms, platform furniture, even practices and general railway "culture" is and will progressively be made to conform where safety and practicality allow.