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Following the incident on 6th March 2018 at School Road, Menzies Creek and pending the results of a full investigation, the practice of allowing passengers to sit on the carriage sides has been temporarily suspended.  We appreciate your understanding.


Temporary Notice - Cockatoo Station

Please note that from Monday 23rd April 2018, until Friday 4th May 2018, trains will not stop at Cockatoo Station. Way & Works will be carrying out significant platform works and the area will not be suitable for passengers. We thank you for your understanding.


Click on your preferred date of travel below to view our timetable for that day.

Departures with a BOOK button can be booked online, and includes an open return on the same day. Please note that online bookings close at 8am on day of travel, subject to availability.

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You can also download our Time Table Brochure for 1 October 2017 - April 2018 by clicking here​. 


Find out more on the Stations and Journey Times page.



We strongly recommend you PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS to avoid disappointment. A limited number of tickets are available for sale from our stations on the day; however these are sold on a first-come first-served basis. Book Online Now


If you require a wheelchair accessible carriage, please ensure you contact our Customer Service Centre at least 24 hours prior to date of travel.



  • Puffing Billy's Lakeside station kiosk accepts Eftpos, VISA and MasterCard (no cash out). Emerald Lake Park's Council operated cafe accepts Eftpos (no cash out, $15 minimum).
  • The 12.30pm Excursion Train departure from Belgrave station includes the First Class dining carriages for the patrons travelling on the Steam & Cuisine Luncheon. The same applies to the 2.25pm departure from Lakeside station.
  • All trains are steam-hauled unless a diesel locomotive is required in exceptional circumstances. For example during the fire season the 11.10 am train to Gembrook (Return) may be hauled by a diesel locomotive.
  • On days of Total Fire Ban in the Central District of Victoria, when the FIRE DANGER RATING IS SEVERE OR LESS, steam locomotives will not run at Puffing Billy Railway. Instead, Diesel locomotives will operate a limited timetable. Find out more. For information of Total Fire Bans check the CFA Website or Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology for further information.
  • On days of Total Fire Ban in the Central District of Victoria, when the FIRE DANGER RATING IS EXTREME OR CODE RED, Puffing Billy Railway is CLOSED.  No staff or volunteers are on the premises.
  • Locomotives and events are subject to alteration or cancellation without notice.
  • Groups and families - Ensure you are ready to board the train 30 minutes prior to departure time. Puffing Billy is very popular and allowing extra time makes it easier to find seats for you all in the same carriage.
  • Only folding or narrow type prams can be accommodated through the narrow carriage doors.
  • No toilets are available aboard Puffing Billy's carriages, however toilets can be found at each main station.
  • First Class Travel return journeys are on designated trains only.
  • There is no train service on Christmas Day.
  • Passengers travelling to Belgrave via Suburban Trains or buses are advised to check the Public Transport Victoria website or call 1800 800 007 for updated information regarding travel times and changes to regular services.