We were so excited to be able to bring the Train of Lights back to Puffing Billy Railway in 2023 and thank you all for the support.

This is an annual event, and we look forward to bringing this back in 2024.

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Prepare to be spellbound as this mesmerising winter steam train, adorned with thousands of dazzling lights and stunning visual effects, illuminates the trees, tracks, and passing towns once more, captivating passengers with its magical charm.

Departing at 6 pm daily from Lakeside Station, the Train of Lights will embark on a two-and-a-half-hour return journey that chugs along the historic narrow-gauge track to Gembrook. Partnering with acclaimed lighting specialists, Resolution X (White Night, Melbourne Fashion Festival), this stunning evening experience will come to life with sparkling lights, hypnotic patterns, and vivid colours that dance across the open rolling hills of the Gembrook countryside.

Puffing Billy Train of Lights traverses the trestle bridge over Cockatoo Creek. The locomotive and carriages are illuminated in rainbow colours.
Puffing Billy Train of Lights traverses the trestle bridge over Cockatoo Creek. The locomotive, carriages and surrounding bush are illuminated in pink hues.

Along the way, guests will be treated to a truly immersive experience that showcases the natural beauty of the region in a whole new light, from the interplay of light and shadow casting a beautiful glow on the Wright Forest, to the glimpses of native wildlife projections that leap from the carriages and onto timber trestle bridges and the moving landscape.

After a scenic ride, the train arrives at the charming Gembrook Station, where passengers enjoy a 55-minute stopover. Here, they can warm up by the crackling open fire pits and sip on a comforting hot chocolate, listen to the sounds of a live musician, capture a photo with the beautifully lit-up train or the friendly Puffing Billy Railway volunteers who make the experience all the more special.

Train Of Lights Tracy Dasler (7)
The Train Of Lights All Ready For Departure At Lakeside
Puffing Billy Train of Lights travels through the Dandenong Ranges. The train and surrounding bushland is illuminated in pink and blue hues.
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.

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.

Please note

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


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