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Get ready to ditch the winter blues and hop on board the most magical steam train ride of the season with the highly anticipated return of Puffing Billy Railway’s Train of Lights. Now in its third year, this much-loved event has become a cherished tradition, enchanting locals and visitors as it turns the Dandenong Ranges into a mesmerising light show.

Embark on a return 2.5-hour journey that travels from Lakeside Station to Gembrook. As dusk falls and the chilly winter air sets in, the train will come to life with a dazzling display of moving lights, colours, and immersive patterns, captivating passengers from the comfort of open-side carriages as the train winds its way along the historic narrow-gauge track.

Arriving at the picturesque Gembrook Station, passengers are treated to a 55-minute stopover filled with winter delights. Gather around crackling open fire pits and sip on indulgent hot chocolate, immerse yourself in the tunes of live music, snap a photo of the beautifully illuminated train, or strike a pose with the friendly Puffing Billy Railway volunteers!

An illuminated train with blue hues sits at a platform. The front of the locomotive has a headboard saying Puffing Billy Railway Train of Lights. The blue hues illuminate the trees in the background.
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The Rotary Club of Emerald and District will join in the fun as they fire up the grill for a sizzling sausage sizzle! All proceeds raised will go directly to the club, while hot and cold drinks, as well as a range of snacks, will be available at Gembrook Station during the interlude.

When it’s time to return, passengers are in for another breathtaking experience. This leg of the trip presents a fresh perspective, allowing travellers to marvel at the light show from a new vantage point as they make their way back to Lakeside.

  • EVENT DATES

    28th June - 21st July 2024
    6.00 pm - 8.20 pm

  • DEPARTS FROM

    Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald

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  • PARKING

    Council operated ticket machines - $8 per car

A illuminated steam train in the darkness. The train and steam are lit up in purple, pink, red, blue and green hues.
Photo credit: Tracy Dasler
The Lakeside Hall Museum, located within the Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre. Puffing Billy's original locomotive 3A can be seen sitting on a plinth, as can a variety of other historic assets and interpretive displays.
The Lakeside Hall Museum, located within the Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre.

Dining options

The Lakeside Visitor Centre offers a delightful prelude to the Train of Lights journey and is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat before your experience begins. The Railway Cafe will be open late, offering our full cafe menu between 3.15 pm - 5.30 pm ahead of your Train of Lights journey. The Lakeside Visitor Centre is open from 9 am - 6 pm.

The Rotary Club of Emerald and District will be organising a sausage sizzle at Gembrook station, with all proceeds raised going to the club. Hot and cold drinks, as well as a range of snacks, will be available.

A cafe inside a building. The interior is made up of wood and black along with concrete. A large number of visitors are seen sitting at tables in the cafe.

Dine in Specials | Exclusive Offer!

Pre-order your dine-in deals, available exclusively to Train of Lights patrons from the Lakeside Visitor Centre. These can be collected at the Railway Cafe on the day of the event between 4 pm and 5.30 pm.

Please note that these meals are only available for pre-order - dine in only at the Railway Cafe. Kindly ensure that you arrive no later than 5.00 pm if you pre-order a meal deal.

Puffing Billy's Classic Beef Burger, served with chips at the Lakeside Visitor Centre's Railway Cafe.

Pre-order a Grazing Box

Grazing boxes are available for pre-order with your Train of Lights tickets and can be collected at the ticket booth at the Lakeside Visitor Centre when you check in.

Puffing Billy Grazing Box.
Puffing Billy Grazing Box and picnic blanket.

PLEASE NOTE

  • No alterations can be made to the Grazing Boxes.
  • Bookings for Grazing Boxes close 24 hours prior to the day of travel.

What to bring

The Train of Lights runs rain, hail or shine. The Dandenong Ranges can get very cold at night, and with passengers seated in open-side carriages, we suggest you prepare for cold and inclement weather by dressing accordingly and bringing extra layers for the evening.

Woman travelling onboard Puffing Billy's Train of Lights. She is looking out of the open side carriage to the illuminated landscape and is wearing a warm winter coat and beanie.

Winter Warmer Pack

Pre-order our Winter Warmer Combo, featuring your choice of a cozy beanie and blanket, plus a stylish pair of black gloves, to stay warm during your Train of Lights adventure! Please note, you will get a choice of beanie style and blanket colour, subject to availability.

WINTER WARMER COMBO

Includes 1 x beanie, 1 x scarf and 1 x set of gloves

$65.00 each
A collection of scarves, beanies and gloves. Text on the image says Train of Lights Winter Warmer Pack, and states that each pack costs $65 and includes a scarf, a beanie and a set of gloves.
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Please note

No person will be allowed to sit on the carriage sill onboard the Train of Lights.

Accessibility

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