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Garratt Update To August ’18

September 19, 2018

Many parts and assemblies are finding their way onto the something which now distinctly resembles an NG/G16 class Garratt!

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A New Chimney For ‘Real Puffing Billy’!

September 19, 2018

Signs of corrosion through the side of the chimney … and no spare parts …. then what ???

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The NG/G16 Countdown Begins!

May 30, 2018

With a projected completion date of mid-2019, the race is on to get our re-gauged South African NG/G16 class Garratt…

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NG/G News For Febuary

February 3, 2018

Over the past few months, we have been progressing a lot of different tasks, in order to keep the project…

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Rising From The Mud

January 7, 2018

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy’s in-house magazine, ‘Narrow Gauge’, might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave…

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It’s All backwards, What’s With That?

January 7, 2018

The discovery of a broken side control spring on G42’s hind engine unit was soon followed by the dawning realisation…

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Carriage Project Part I – Calculations & Concepts

December 14, 2017

I think it’s safe to say we can skip the why’s and wherefores’! Anyone familiar with Puffing Billy will know…

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Garratt Happenings: The NG/G16 129 August Update

November 17, 2017

Work moves on apace with NG/G16 129, including the following tasks: Removal of boiler from the cradle to enable final…

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A Neat Space Saving Feature

July 20, 2017

One of the things we have an eternal struggle with at Puffing Billy is a lack of space, whether that…

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216 NQR; The Finishing Touches

July 20, 2017

Hugh Markwick and the workshop volunteer team have now completed work on the restoration of 216 NQR. Above, 2 of…

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Scavenging The Last Remaining….

July 19, 2017

Mention has been made previously of the need to manufacture more bogies for our rolling stock. Many are now approaching…

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Emergency Surgery For Thomas

July 19, 2017

During 2016, the decision was taken to trial moving the Day Out with Thomas event to Gembrook, starting with the…

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Latest News From The NG/G Corner

July 19, 2017

With 4 fitters now employed full time on the restoration of NG/G16 129, momentum is gathering and what has, until…

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The Case of The Missing Rivet

February 15, 2017

As Christmas 2016 approached, and Puffing Billy’s 6 train running began in order to accommodate the annual summer rush, G42…

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NG/G Update; Rounding out 2016

January 31, 2017

Quite a range of jobs have been carried out or are now under way, and there is plenty of work…

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Ashpan Part II

January 16, 2017

The air box has been modified somewhat from the original concept, in order to increase clearances around the rear pony…

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NQR Revised

November 1, 2016

Whilst attempting to better cater for massive patronage growth, the need for us to call into service every available item…

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Rich In History

September 7, 2016

One of the benefits of working with Puffing Billy locomotives is the chance to discover the rich industrial heritage that…

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D21 – The Return Journey

July 29, 2016

When D21, the trusty Belgrave yard shunter, came in for its last exam, it was deemed time to re-tyre the…

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Ashpans & Exams

May 21, 2016

Sparks! The bane of any steam railway in the summertime, and, in bush fire prone Victoria, Puffing Billy is certainly…

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