Puffing Billy Railway announced permanent appointment of CEO

Posted on 22 December 2020

The Emerald Tourist Railway Board is pleased to announce Peter Abbott as incoming CEO Puffing Billy.

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Victorian icon, Puffing Billy, to return to the tracks on November 28

Posted on 18 November 2020

Victorian icon, Puffing Billy, will return to the railway on Saturday 28 November 2020 as metropolitan Melbourne continues to take safe and gradual steps toward COVID Normal.

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Puffing Billy Railway Launch Services for Rolling Stock Engineering

Posted on 21 August 2020

In a continued effort to conserve, educate and demonstrate the cultural significance of steam power, the railway’s Rolling Stock Branch have launched a series of external engineering services for the Tourist and Heritage Railway sector.

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Puffing Billy Railway Welcomes Appointment of Two New Board Members

Posted on 29 June 2020

Puffing Billy Railway is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to the Emerald Tourist Railway Board of Management, Dianne Smith, and Michael Mangos.

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Puffing Billy Railway Launch Virtual Tours during closure

Posted on 30 April 2020

Travel plans might be on hold at the moment and with it the temporary closure of Puffing Billy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t transport guests from their living rooms to our real life heritage railway.

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Posted on 23 March 2020

After careful consideration of advice from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, Puffing Billy Railway have made the decision to temporarily close until further notice.

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Posted on 17 March 2020

After careful consideration of advice from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, Puffing Billy Railway have made the decision to temporarily close until further notice.

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Posted on 21 February 2020

Puffing Billy Railway will bring even more rail history to life with the doors to its highly anticipated Menzies Creek Museum now open.

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Running Festival Fever Comes to Puffing Billy with Launch of a New and Exciting Trail Run

Posted on 14 February 2020

In a test of endurance, fitness and good old fashion family fun, Puffing Billy Railway is thrilled to announce the launch of the Puffing Billy Running Festival this May.

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Spoil Mum This Mother's Day at Puffing Billy Railway

Posted on 10 February 2020

Whisk mum away from the everyday this Mother’s Day and treat her to an afternoon of spectacular views, fine wine and delicious food on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.

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Puffing Billy Railway celebrates 75 years of Thomas the Tank Engine

Posted on 04 February 2020

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first book and Thomas’ birthday, Puffing Billy Railway, Australia’s favourite steam train, is giving eight lucky Day Out With Thomas guests a chance to win the ultimate money can’t buy Thomas the Tank Engine experience.

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Go Behind the Steam at Puffing Billy Railway this February

Posted on 13 January 2020

Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at Puffing Billy? Now is your opportunity to come behind-the-scenes and see what it takes to preserve and promote one of the finest heritage steam railways in the world.

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Full steam ahead for Puffing Billy’s new state-of-the-art $20m Lakeside Visitor Centre in Emerald

Posted on 23 December 2019

The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing were at Emerald Lake Park recently to see early works on the $20 million, state-of-the-art centre which is due to open in December 2020.

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Restored NG/G16 129 Locomotive back in steam

Posted on 18 December 2019

Wednesday 18th of December was a big day here at Puffing Billy. Not only did we celebrate Puffing Billy’s 119th birthday – a huge milestone for this living, breathing, moving museum – but we also honoured the return to traffic of NG/G16 No. 129 on the same date! Purchased in 1996 and in restoration mode for the better part of 23 years, we are immensely proud to finally see the South African Garratt restored and back on the track.

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Thomas & Friends return to Puffing Billy in 2020

Posted on 22 November 2019

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are back in February and March 2020 for the very popular Day out with Thomas, being held at Puffing Billy’s Gembrook Station.

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International Volunteer Day

Posted on 18 November 2019

Thursday 5 December is International Volunteer Day. Puffing Billy Railway is one of the largest volunteer-supported tourism organisations in Victoria, with over 600 people giving up their time for the not-for-profit Railway. Marilou Quick has been a volunteer at Puffing Billy for two years.

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Third generation to jump on the Puffing Billy train?

Posted on 29 August 2019

Puffing Billy celebrates Father's Day by introducing the third generation. A passion for trains runs deep in the Campbell family. Ian Campbell spent more than 30 years working in the rail industry and has been a volunteer at Puffing Billy for 53 years.

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First female driver makes tracks at Puffing Billy

Posted on 30 July 2019

Puffing Billy Railway will celebrate an exciting milestone on Wednesday 31 July when volunteer, Belinda McKenzie, becomes the first female train driver in the railway’s 119-year history.

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Melbourne's newest High Tea experience - all aboard the High Tea Express

Posted on 16 July 2019

Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy, has launched a new experience - the High Tea Express - allowing visitors to enjoy high tea on the tracks in the train’s historic first-class dining carriages.

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Puffing Billy Railway and Johns Hill Landcare create Indigenous Garden

Posted on 21 June 2019

Puffing Billy has joined with Johns Hill Landcare Group again in a new project to create a garden showcasing indigenous plants. Also assisting the project are Emerald Scouts and the Emerald Men’s Shed.

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A Grand Dining Experience

Puffing Billy's Steam & Cuisine Luncheon Step back in time and experience what it was like to travel first class in the glory days of rail! Puffing Billy’s Steam & Cuisine Luncheon experience takes passengers back to the early 1900s when the wealthy and elite travelled in style and first-class dining carriages were commonplace.

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Puffing Billy relic of our more leisurely days

The world-famous steam train, The Puffing Billy Railway, is Australia’s favourite train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. The railway which commenced operation in Australia on December 18, 1900 and operates every day except Christmas Day, is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days.

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