Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Amongst the glamour of the Flapper Era where pearls and feathers, silk bow ties and braces are the fashion, there has been a murder on the Puffing Billy Express!


Join us at Puffing Billy’s Murder Mystery on the Puffing Billy Express dinner where you will enjoy an evening of deception and intrigue.  As Puffing Billy steams into the ferny darkness of the Dandenong Ranges, you are tasked with getting to know the players in this tale.  A hearty meal worthy of any private eye awaits at the Nobelius Packing Shed where the story unfolds.

Gift vouchers

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express gift vouchers are available and make an ideal present to celebrate that special occasion.

For further details please contact our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700 or purchase online.

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Puffing Billy Murder Mystery Actor Interacting With Patrons In The Shed

Whilst you may feel the chill of the evening air on joining us amongst the landscape of the Dandenong Ranges – ladies, may we suggest you bring an elegant wrap - we assure you that your forward journey will be comfortable.  Entrée will be served under the pressed metal ceilings of our restored dining carriages (heated, of course, during the cooler months) whilst you become acquainted with the characters in our ‘Who Dunnit?’

Get to know them, question them.  Are they all suspects and scammers?

After a short comfort stop at Menzies Creek, we continue on to the Nobelius Packing Shed where the open fire crackles in winter.

It’s time now to tuck in as our carvery staff serves a selection of roasts, vegetables, and salads.  Enjoy your meal as you discuss the case with your fellow passengers.  Dessert options will be brought to your table as you continue to question and analyse the suspects.

Solve the Murder Mystery and bring the accused to justice before your Puffing Billy Crew sound the whistle calling you back on board.

Satisfied that another mystery has been solved, we invite you to relax on your return journey.  Tea, coffee, after-dinner chocolates and a complimentary glass of port are served as we make our way back to Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station.

The Puffing Billy crew and cast from the Gemco Players Community Theatre bid you farewell until the next time we travel on the Murder Mystery Train.


$120 per person

Please note:

  • No concessions apply.
  • There is no air-conditioning in our carriages (we use natural air-conditioning - windows!) However, the carriages are equipped with heating during the cooler months.
  • Unless already sold out, bookings will close at 12 noon on the last business day prior to travel.


  • The train journey, three-course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase.


departure times

7.30pm on selected Friday evenings

7.00pm on selected Saturday evenings

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is important to arrive at Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.  Your crew is on a mission to whisk you away to solve scandal and scam - on time!

Arrival back to Belgrave Station is approximate 11.30pm.


2018 Event Dates


  • Saturday 15 Dec 2018

2019 Event Dates


  • Saturday 23 Mar 2019
  • Saturday 30 Mar 2019


  • Saturday 13 Apr 2019


  • Saturday 11 May 2019
  • Saturday 25 May 2019


  • Saturday 15 Jun 2019
  • Saturday 22 Jun 2019
  • Saturday 29 Jun 2019


  • Saturday 20 Jul 2019
  • Saturday 27 Jul 2019


  • Saturday 17 Aug 2019
  • Saturday 31 Aug 2019


  • Saturday 14 Sep 2019


  • Saturday 5 Oct 2019
  • Saturday 19 Oct 2019
  • Saturday 26 Oct 2019


  • Saturday 9 Nov 2019
  • Saturday 23 Nov 2019

Please check availability by selecting your preferred event date in the booking widget below.

our menu

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A range of beverages, including internationally acclaimed wines from the Yarra Valley Region, are available for purchase both on board the train and in the Nobelius Packing Shed.


Special Dietary Requirements

Puffing Billy Railway can only cater for the following special dietary requirements:

  • vegetarians
  • gluten free/ celiacs
  • diabetes

To confirm dietary requirements, please phone our Customer Service Team on (03) 9757 0700 no later than 72 hours prior to departure, otherwise, we cannot guarantee your request.


Table Configurations

Dining Carriage - due to the heritage nature of our dining carriages, the table configurations can seat up to two (2) or up to four (4) people. If your party consists of more than 4 people, we will do our best to ensure your tables are located close to each other.

Packing Shed - the tables located in the Packing Shed can seat up to a maximum of 12 people and where possible we will do our best to seat your party together.



Our heritage dining carriages have tables and chairs that are fixed to the floor and cannot be moved. As a result, people of generous proportions could find seating in the dining carriages restrictive. Please note that the distance between the edge of the table and the back of the chair is only 41 centimetres. To ensure you have a positive experience at Puffing Billy Railway we strongly urge you to contact our Customer Service Centre should you have any concerns.


What to wear

We encourage our Murder Mystery Dinner patrons to dress to the 1920s or 30s era. Dress up and you can  go into the draw to win the Best Dressed Prize. Whilst not compulsory, it certainly adds to the experience!

If in doubt as to where to begin, we suggest you refer to shows such as Mrs Fisher's Murder Mysteries or Agatha Christie's Poirot or Miss Marple for ideas!

Otherwise, have a look these photos shared by previous patrons:

Puffing Billy Murder Mystery IG posts