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Passport to Puffing Billy

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Temporary closure of Puffing Billy Railway

Monday 23 March 2020 After careful consideration of advice from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, Puffing Billy Railway have made the decision to temporarily close until further notice. With the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak being felt more each day, our primary concern is for the safety and wellbeing of visitors, volunteers, employees and…

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Puffing Billy Railway Community Update regarding COVID-19

We know this is a challenging time for all as we continue to receive updates and follow the Australian Government’s advice surrounding this global health emergency. Like many other organisations, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers, staff and the community is our top priority. At present, Puffing Billy Railway remains open and operational…

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Puffing Billy Railway Opens Milestone Museum

Puffing Billy Railway will bring even more rail history to life with the doors to its highly anticipated Menzies Creek Museum now open.   The new historic Museum covers a space of 1160 square metres and houses over 80 exhibits, including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and a rail tractor. Adding to the…

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Spoil Mum this Mother’s day at Puffing Billy Railway

Whisk mum away from the everyday this Mother’s Day and treat her to an afternoon of spectacular views, fine wine and delicious food on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy. Offering a variety of special dining options to choose from, including a long leisurely three-course lunch, gourmet grazing menu or an indulgent high tea…

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Puffing Billy Railway celebrates 75 years of Thomas the Tank Engine

ALL ABOARD FOR A SPECIAL THOMAS & FRIENDS CELEBRATION When Rev Wilbert Awdry wrote his first book, The Three Railway Engines, in 1945, he had no idea that his story about trains on the Island of Sodor would go on to captivate generations of children from all over the world. The Three Railway Engines was…

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Go Behind the Steam at Puffing Billy Railway this February

Volunteer Recruitment Open Day – Sunday 23rd February 2020. Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at Puffing Billy? Now is your opportunity to come behind-the-scenes and see what it takes to preserve and promote one of the finest heritage steam railways in the world. On Sunday 23 February, Puffing Billy will host…

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Full steam ahead for Puffing Billy’s new state-of-the-art $20m Lakeside Visitor Centre in Emerald

The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing were at Emerald Lake Park recently to see early works on the $20 million, state-of-the-art centre which is due to open in December 2020. The centre, adjacent to Puffing Billy’s Lakeside Station, will feature educational and volunteer facilities,…

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Continental Puffing Billy?

No, sadly I’m not talking about a visiting engine from a quaint narrow gauge line in Europe! 8A recently came into the workshops for attention, including leaking lens rings on the main steam pipes. Lens rings are essentially doughnut-shaped metal gaskets, forming a seal between concave recesses machined into two adjoining pipe flanges, whilst allowing…

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Third generation to jump on the Puffing Billy train?

A passion for trains runs deep in the Campbell family. Ian Campbell spent more than 30 years working in the rail industry and has been a volunteer at Puffing Billy for 53 years. His passion rubbed off on his grandson, Zac Campbell, who has volunteered at Puffing Billy since 2012 and currently works full time…

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