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.

To contact us, please send an email to engineering@pbr.org.au

Testing An NG/G16!

December 18, 2019
For those that don't subscribe to social media, you might have missed the multitude of excellent photos and videos over recent weeks, showing the…

A New Whistle In The Hills!

November 7, 2019
Testing continues on the NG/G16, with work currently focused on testing and proving of boiler fittings and pipework; injectors, pressure gauge and water gauges,…

Fire In The Hole!

September 27, 2019
That's right, your eyes don't deceive you! A project which has been over 20 years in the making, with many challenges, and with so…

NG/G16 – A Quick Update

September 23, 2019
As the design and manufacture stage of the project is virtually complete, and the workshop staff complete the finishing touches, here's what we've been…

Continental Puffing Billy?

September 23, 2019
No, sadly I’m not talking about a visiting engine from a quaint narrow gauge line in Europe! 8A recently came into the workshops for…

861 – Back on Track

June 25, 2019
Following a noticeable drop-off in performance during last years final FETs (Footplate Experience Trains), 861 was transferred to the locomotive workshops at Belgrave to…

99.9% Garratt

June 24, 2019
The day creeps ever closer when we can strike a match and light the pile of oily rags for the first time. That's not…

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!