Welcome to the opportunity to step back into the romantic era of train travel. Enjoy an evening of luxury dining with family and friends whilst whistling through the exquisite Dandenong Ranges.
Puffing Billy introduces Steam & Cuisine After Dark where you and your guests will enjoy this exclusive dining event in our faithfully restored First Class dining carriages.
Beneath the pressed-metal ceilings of these softly lit, fully enclosed carriages, you are invited to enjoy the nostalgia of bygone days.
Luxury and fun, whilst chugging through dense fern foliage and wide-open fields, is what this evening is all about.
When you arrive
You will notice that the daytime hustle and bustle of Puffing Billy’s charming Belgrave Station has subsided. This iconic Victorian tourist attraction is quiet now, save for the touch of ambient live music and the hissing of the historic locomotive as it prepares for its journey through the hills.
As you make your way onto the platform you will be welcomed by our friendly hosts. Embrace the opportunity to watch your crew prepare for the evening. You may even catch a glimpse inside the Station Master’s office.
As the loco huffs and steams, the world of train travel is yours. Explore the station, but don’t venture too far. Puffing Billy toots and leaves at 7.30pm, winding out through railway sidings and majestic gum trees. Your journey has begun.
On the night...
Our live musician will be performing at Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station from 6.30pm, so arrive a little early and take time to enjoy the entertainment and explore your surroundings. Boarding by 7 pm will ensure that you have time for a pre-dinner drink before entrée is served.
At 7.30pm, the whistle blows and you’re off. Steam & Cuisine After Dark has departed!
As the historic Puffing Billy wends and winds through the Dandenong Ranges look out for the world’s tallest flowering tree – the Mountain Ash.
Entrée and main course are served as you rattle through ferny gullies and cross over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge. As the loco steams ahead curving to the right, a magnificent view is afforded of steam train engineering at it’s best.
Crossing country roads as you travel through hillside neighbourhoods, you’ll feel as though you’re venturing into locals’ backyards – give them a wave as you pass by.
The shortstop at Menzies Creek is one of the most scenic sections of the track. On leaving Menzies, the outlook of twinkling suburbs in the foothills below, and the Melbourne CBD in the distance is enchanting.
Once you arrive at Lakeside Station, we encourage you to grab your table lantern and take a stroll along the platform.
Your crew is working hard as the locomotive takes on water for the return journey – an essential component of steam train operations. Watch as your loco reattaches.
This is a great opportunity to capture some amazing images of the steam engine at night.
Your return journey completes the evening, as dessert, tea and coffee are served.
Puffing Billy bids you goodnight as we pull in to Belgrave Station, returning at approximately 10.30 pm. It’s goodbye for now from the staff and crew as you plan your next unique night out!
A menu to tempt you
Enjoying the Puffing Billy experience, the ever-changing views and the company of your guests is why you have chosen Steam & Cuisine After Dark. To ensure the evening is as seamless as our narrow gauge track (762mm to be exact), we provide you with a pre-selected menu enabling your train hosts to serve your chosen cuisine without interruption.
Our entire menu is gluten free and can be viewed here. Warming Vegetable Soup and Baked Chicken with Pesto Sauce are just a few of our offerings. You are invited to finish with Sticky Date Pudding or Key Lime Pie. Our tip: choose different dishes amongst your travel party and you can indulge in a taste of each!
Your delicious three-course dinner is complemented, of course, by a selection of wines and boutique beers from our neighbours in the internationally acclaimed wine region, the Yarra Valley.
We encourage you to select your menu choices at the time of booking.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Puffing Billy Railway can cater for the following special dietary requirements:
- gluten free / celiacs
$115 per person
Please note: Whilst we welcome children in our heritage dining carriages, we can only accommodate children aged 5 years and above. As a result, babies, toddlers and young ones under five years of age, cannot travel in our dining carriages. These age restrictions have been carefully considered in the interests of health and safety.
2019 Event Dates
- Saturday 6 Apr 2019
- Saturday 18 May 2019
- Saturday 1 Jun 2019
- Saturday 10 Aug 2019
- Saturday 7 Sep 2019
- Saturday 12 Oct 2019
- Saturday 16 Nov 2019
- Saturday 30 Nov 2019
Bookings are essential. No concessions apply.
AT A GLANCE
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.
Fare Inclusions and Booking Deadline
If booking for the next day, please note bookings are only available until 4.00pm the business day before travel and are subject to availability. The fare includes the train journey, meal, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase.
A child fare is aged from 5-16 years inclusive. Whilst we welcome children in our heritage dining carriages, we can only accommodate children aged 5 years and above. As a result, babies, toddlers and young ones under five years of age, cannot travel in our dining carriages. These age restrictions have been carefully considered in the interests of health and safety.
Reduced Mobility or Special Needs
Passengers with Special Needs (eg wheelchair access) must contact Puffing Billy's Customer Service Centre on (03) 9757 0700 rather than book online. This way we can determine whether your needs can be accommodated.
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.
Carriage Seat Dimensions - 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.