Workshop Blog

Puffing Billy’s Workshop Blog details some of the many fascinating projects and technical challenges involved in keeping a Heritage Steam Railway on-track in the 21st Century.

The blog is authored by the Railways Engineering Team who are happy to assist with technical inquiries relating to our blog, or engineering at Puffing Billy in general.

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Race to the Finish Line

March 28, 2019
It has been some time since we have had time to update you, and there has been a lot of action on our South…

A Giant Takes Shape

November 25, 2018
Progress abounds down in the Belgrave workshop, as the storage racking gets lighter and the engine gets heavier! Work in progress or completed to…

Would You Rather….?

September 25, 2018
The big question: How to grow traffic on the Lakeside-Gembrook section of the railway to keep up with demand and manage the capacity constraints.

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!

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 assembled and tested. A…

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 moving along at a…

Master Plan

January 9, 2018
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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 yard plateau lurking in…