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.
Full steam ahead for Puffing Billy’s new state-of-the-art $20m Lakeside Discovery 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden Stories: A 5D Bush Christmas
Posted on 13 November 2019
A new kind of magic will sweep through the Dandenong Ranges this Christmas. In Belgrave, at the ‘end of the line’, a crazy new tale is brewing. A unique, 5D Christmas story, with Aussie critters, hosting a street party that buzzes and bounces to a new jingle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.