Welcome to
Puffing Billy Preservation Society's
Membership Page

Puffing Billy Preservation Society (PBPS) was established on 8 June 1955 and currently has more than 1,100 members - the majority are people with a wide range of past and present involvement at Puffing Billy.


The Society is a Company Limited by Guarantee (ABN 79 004 621 505) and is registered as a 'not-for-profit' charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Click HERE for details.


All members contribute in some way to the objectives of the Society, with key objectives being the continued preservation of Puffing Billy Railway and its historic assets for future generations.  The Society supports the operation of the Railway by the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, its management, staff and volunteers.  Members are encouraged to become involved in various aspects of the operation of the Society and as volunteers at Puffing Billy Railway.


For our Vision, Mission and Objectives, click HERE.


The Executive Committee of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society is elected each year at the October AGM.  The PBPS Executive Committee for 2018-2019 comprises:

Office-bearers: – Anne MacLeish (President), Ben van der Linde (Vice President), Gareth Hunter (Secretary), Andrew Stephens (Treasurer),

Committee members: – Jenny Baker, John Conway, Graeme Kidgell, Kevin Larkin, Phil Matthews, Rob McUtchen, Max Raynor.  One position is currently vacant.

Link 2 PBPS Exec 2018 10 14

L-R: Phil Matthews, John Conway, Gareth Hunter, Jenny Baker, Ben van der Linde, Anne MacLeish, Andrew Stephens, Rob McUtchen, Graeme Kidgell, Max Raynor (Kevin Larkin – not present)

The Society Executive can be contacted via email to

Becoming a member

Becoming a member of the Society involves completion of an application form (see below for more details), payment of a membership fee and approval of your application by the PBPS Executive Committee. A New Member information package with your personalised membership card (valid for the current financial year) and full details of benefits available to members is then posted to you.

Your membership benefits (full details provided with membership) include:

  • PBPS quality journal Narrow Gauge posted to your quarterly.
  • Travel benefits - free travel on regular Excursion Trains for members and a limited number of guests in non-peak periods, 15% discount in peak periods.
    (Details of dates for peak and non-peak periods included in New Member package.)
  • Discounted travel for members and guests on Steam & Cuisine trains, themed dinner trains, Day Out With ThomasTM, chartered trains and group bookings, when booked by the member.
  • Discounted gift vouchers - 15% discount on gift vouchers when purchased by the member.
  • Discount on purchases from Puffing Billy Refreshment rooms.
  • Discounts at other heritage organisations.

If you require more details on these benefits, please email

Puffing BIlly 12a g42

2018/2019 Membership fees

Full Membership - Adult: $78.00

Full Membership - Concession: $49.00

Junior (under 18 years): $26.00

Family (2 adults, up to 4 children): $135.00

Life Membership: $2,300.00

Senior Life Membership: $1,370.00


How to join

  1. Download your Membership Application Form HERE.
  2. Submit your membership application form with payment details
    a. By email:
    b. By post: PBPS Membership, PO Box 451, Belgrave VIC 3160.

Your application will be submitted to our Executive Committee for approval, and once approved, will be processed. This procedure may take up to 4 weeks.

Your membership card and new member package will be prepared and sent to you by post. Use your PBPS membership card to begin enjoying the benefits of being a member of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society.

PBPS Poster

These fees apply for membership applications until 31 May 2019.  New membership fees, as approved at the 2018 AGM will apply for all membership applications after that date. Contact for more information.

useful information about pbps

Puffing Billy Preservation Society Constitution - our governing document

View a copy of it HERE.


2018 PBPS Annual Report - information about our past year

View the report HERE.


Once your membership application is successful, access will be given to the Members' Area of this website, where you will find additional information available to members.


General enquiries about Puffing Billy Preservation Society
P: (03) 9757 0700
E: or