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.


View our Vision, Mission and Objectives.


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)

Committee members: – Jenny Baker, John Conway, Graeme Kidgell, Phil Matthews, Rob McUtchen, Max Raynor, Andrew Stephens.  The Treasurer and one committee member's position are currently vacant.

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L-R: Phil Matthews, John Conway, Gareth Hunter, Jenny Baker, Ben van der Linde, Anne MacLeish, Andrew Stephens, Rob McUtchen, Graeme Kidgell, Max Raynor

The Society Executive can be contacted via email to secretary@pbps.org.au

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. After approval, 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 you 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 membership@pbps.org.au

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2019/2020 Membership fees

Full Membership - Adult: $82.00

Full Membership - Concession: $52.00

Junior (under 18 years): $27.00

Family (2 adults, up to 4 children): $142.00

Life Membership: $2,400.00

Senior Life Membership: $1,430.00

These fees apply for memberships from June 1, 2019, for the year ending June 30, 2020.


How to join

  1. Download your Membership Application Form HERE.
  2. Submit your membership application form with payment details
    a. By email: membership@pbps.org.au
    b. By post: PBPS Membership, PO Box 515, Belgrave VIC 3160.


On receipt, your application is submitted to our Executive Committee for approval, and process on approval. This procedure may take up to 4 weeks.

Your membership card and new member package are then prepared and sent to you by post, so that you can begin using your PBPS membership card to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society.

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.

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useful information about pbps

Puffing Billy Preservation Society Constitution - our governing document

View a copy of it HERE.


2018 PBPS Annual Report - information about the year 2017-2018

View the report HERE.


General enquiries about Puffing Billy Preservation Society
P: (03) 9757 0757 0767
E: secretary@pbps.org.au or membership@pbps.org.au