Puffing Billy is Australia's premier preserved steam railway

Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy, situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges and only 60-minutes from Melbourne CBD.

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

Visitors can enjoy travelling on board Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience with the excitement beginning at Belgrave Station, or start the adventure from Lakeside Station, riding over the rolling hills, across iconic timber trestle bridges and through the open farmlands that surround Gembrook Station. With a range of delicious picnic and lunch packs available, pre-order your meals and spend the rest of your time making memories to treasure forever.

Free for all train ticket holders, passengers can also explore the Menzies Creek Museum – home to more than 80 railway-related exhibits, including rare operational steam and diesel locomotives, an operational boiler house that services steam engines, and the Little Toot Café for all your morning tea needs.

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Whether it’s reconnecting with loved ones, catching up with friends, or a celebratory occasion, Puffing Billy Railway’s exclusive carriage hire offers you and your guests a unique outdoor experience with privacy and comfort front of mind.

Even four-legged family members can get in on the steam train fun, with special monthly Lakeside to Gembrook Dog Express journeys on board enclosed compartment carriages.

If you are a local community member, take advantage of the railway’s annual Locals Pass, offering up unlimited travel on return train journeys, as well as special discounts on unique dining experiences, events, and major food, drink, and retail products.

Or enjoy a different type of Puffing Billy Railway experience in beautifully restored heritage dining carriages as part of the railway’s first-class Steam & Cuisine luncheons. Delight in a locally sourced three-course menu while eating up the beautiful passing scenery from Belgrave to Lakeside.

The Nobelius Packing Shed – a heritage listed remnant of horticultural history that was once part of the largest exporter of fruit and ornamental trees in the Southern Hemisphere – is another romantic setting for an afternoon bite. Ride in open side carriages to Nobelius Siding, before indulging in a tasty two-course menu and exploring the four-and-a-half-hectare Nobelius Heritage Park that sits behind the Packing Shed.

Other special events include Day Out with Thomas, the Puffing Billy Running Festival, as well as our much-loved Murder Mystery dinners.

Scheduled to be complete and open in Spring of 2021, visit the new state-of–the-art Lakeside Visitor Centre to learn more about the railway and the region. Free entry. Indoor and outdoor dining options available.

Whether it’s energetic adventure, a touch of nostalgia or cultural experiences, there is something for everyone at Puffing Billy Railway.

Station Master At Menzies Creek By Susan Zentay

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 40 kms 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 600 dedicated volunteers. Read on about the history of Puffing Billy.

The First Train To Gembrook, On 18 December 1900, With 4A (pg.28)