Whilst you are temporarily unable to sit on our carriage ledges, you can still feel part of the environment in the open carriages as you travel through pristine forests and experience the magic of a day at Puffing Billy. Meet some of the characters of the railway, have your photo taken with the driver and along the way with the scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, feel the excitement as you cross historical timber trestle bridges, and delight in the fresh air and the sound of the whistle echoing through the hills. Remember to wave to every passer-by and get ready to create memories of a special day on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.
PLEASE NOTE: LAKESIDE STATION CLOSED ON MARCH 4th & 26th 2020
Due to planned electrical and signalling work scheduled between Lakeside and Gembrook Station on Wednesday 4 March, all services on the Lakeside or Gembrook section of the line will not operate.
In addition, planned electrical work at Emerald Lake Park (Lakeside Station) on Thursday 26 March will see all services on the Lakeside or Gembrook section of the line terminating at Emerald Town Station.
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Allow us to let you in on a little secret...
Escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing on this lesser-known part of Puffing Billy.
Passengers can enjoy a visit to Emerald Lake Park either before or after their Puffing Billy journey. This park offers BBQ facilities and picnic tables, playground facilities, a wading pool and paddle boats for hire, and is the perfect spot for visitors with kids!
Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses four historic timber bridges between Lakeside and Gembrook?
Underway, the Railway skirts the northern boundary of the un-spoilt Wright State Forest, with large stands of Stringy Bark and other eucalypt trees.
As the train climbs towards Gembrook, the lineside bush gives way to extensive views of rolling cultivated farmlands, where potatoes are still grown, and distant mountain ranges.
Something to consider
You will be travelling on board a century old steam train that uses coal to fuel the fire and get the locomotive moving!
This coal turns into soot and smut and occasionally when sitting in our open carriages can travel through the air and land on your lap or sometimes in your eyes.
We want you to enjoy a scenic ride through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, so please consider this part of the experience before embarking on your journey.
To best avoid the soot and marvel at Puffing Billy’s steam, passengers can:
- Bring along a pair of sunglasses or, if preferred, goggles
- Bring along a hat
For any concerns or questions, please contact us on 03 9757 0700 or see one of our friendly conductors on the platform.
Book your tickets
We allocate a certain number of tickets for each train to online bookings. These can be purchased up until 8:00 am on the day of travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read over our tips before visiting Puffing Billy.
Setting out from Belgrave, Puffing Billy passes the southern reaches of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, a superb example of rainforest noted for its native 'Mountain Ash' trees, a form of eucalypt and the tallest flowering plant in the world.
Within minutes, passengers will experience travelling over Puffing Billy's most famous landmark - the iconic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge.
Buy Tickets On The Day
A limited number of tickets are available for sale from our stations on the day. Single Journey fares can only be purchased on the day of travel. No Single Journey tickets can be purchased online.
Puffing Billy is very popular, we encourage our passengers to arrive at your preferred station at least 45 minutes prior to purchase tickets for the next available service on the day.