About Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy is Australia’s premier preserved steam railway and operates every day (except Christmas Day)!

The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.

With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.

Visitors from around the world enjoy travelling aboard Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience or as part of a Melbourne day tour. If you are a Melbourne local, you can bring friends, kids, other family members or interstate visitors, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction.

Step back in time and enjoy the views from our traditional open-sided carriages – a favourite activity for kids (and adults!). Parents and grandparents relive their own childhood memories whilst introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Victorian history.

Don’t forget to capture some amazing photos whilst the train travels over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge!

Couples can enjoy a different type of Puffing Billy experience by having lunch aboard the First Class dining carriages. Other special events include Day Out With Thomas and the Santa Special, as well as evening dining experiences such as Live EnterTRAINment and Murder Mystery Dinners!

A little bit of history…

This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne.

Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.

Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers. Read on about the history of Puffing Billy.


Puffing Billy travels daily through a valuable corridor consisting of scenic bushland and native wildlife. The landscape and environment is a scenic asset

Emerald Tourist Railway Board

The Emerald Tourist Railway Act 1977 (No 9020) established the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (ETRB) with responsibility for the “preservation, development,

Puffing Billy Day Tours

Puffing Billy Railway is included in the itineraries of all major Melbourne tour operators. Many of the excellent day tours operate seven days a week.

History & Heritage

The Puffing Billy railway was one of four low-cost 2’6″ (762mm) gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas.

Photos and Videos

View a a collection of official videos as well as visitors photos. Tag #puffingbilly when sharing your photos for us to display them here!

Rolling Stock

Each locomotive operating on the Puffing Billy Railway has its own history and identity.

Speakers Panel

The Puffing Billy Railway has experienced speakers who are available to talk to community groups and clubs.

Stations and Journey Times

Find out more information about Puffing Billy’s different stations along the Railway line and journey times between stations.

The Journey

Puffing Billy Railway travels between Belgrave and Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne.