The members of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society are our strength towards maintaining the railway for future generations to enjoy.

Becoming a member

Download a membership application. Print out and send the form with your payment to the address shown in the form.

Membership includes:

  • Subscription to the high-quality PBPS quarterly journal ‘Narrow Gauge’.
  • Unlimited travel for members and up to two guests on Excursion Trains.*
  • 25% discount for members and one guest and 15% discount for additional guests on the Steam & Cuisine Train if booked and paid by the member.
  • 15% discount for members and guests on Dinner Trains, themed dinner specials, Day out with Thomas, chartered trains and all group bookings.*
  • 15% discount on gift vouchers when purchased by a member.
  • Discounts on purchases from our Refreshment rooms.
  • Advance information of Puffing Billy events and news.
  • 20% discount for two on presentation of your current membership card at Rippon Lea House, Polly Woodside and Old Melbourne Gaol.
  • Knowing that you are contributing toward the preservation and development of a unique part of Australia and its history.
  • Discounted membership of Victorian Railways Institute (on application).
*Conditions: the member is responsible to make and pay for the entire booking and which is subject to availability. Free travel is not available during peak periods. More information

The Journey To Becoming A Member

  • Submit your membership application to or send the hard copy application to PBPS Membership PO BOX 451 Belgrave, Victoria 3160.
  • You should receive an email acknowledgement within a week of submitting your membership application.
  • Your application will be submitted to our Executive Committee for approval.
  • Once your application has been approved your payment will be processed by our Finance department.
  • Your membership pack is forwarded to your residential address (the pack includes, card, welcome letter, example Narrow Gauge, explanation of benefits and other exciting stuff)
  • Once you have received your card you can start to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society.
We aim to have your application completed approximately four weeks after receipt of your application. If you require any additional information or wish to have further clarification please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Services Staff on (03) 9757 0700 or send an email to

2018/2019 Membership Fees

Membership is for the financial year July 2018 to June 2019. Membership rates in Australian Dollars are as follows:

Full Adult $78.00
Concession $49.00
Junior $26.00
Family $135.00
Life $2,300.00
Senior Life Membership $1,370.00

Current Membership

Today the P.B.P.S. has some 900 members and is governed by an elected Executive Committee of 12, with half retiring each year.

It publishes a quality magazine, Narrow Gauge, each quarter, organises events including The Great Train Race and Santa Special, and contributes annually towards capital projects on the Railway, most significantly the restoration of historic locomotives and rolling stock.

Membership of the society carries no obligation to participate in voluntary activities on the railway, however active volunteer participation is encouraged.


As part of your Membership, you will be able to obtain your copy of the current Narrow Gauge Magazine

Narrow Gauge is the quarterly journal published by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and features articles of historical interest, information about our people as well as current and future developments on the railway. Here’s a sneak peek of the latest issue…