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

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Garratt Happenings: The NG/G16 129 August Update

Work moves on apace with NG/G16 129, including the following tasks:Removal of...
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A Neat Space Saving Feature

One of the things we have an eternal struggle with at Puffing...
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216 NQR; The Finishing Touches

Hugh Markwick and the workshop volunteer team have now completed work on...
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Scavenging The Last Remaining….

Mention has been made previously of the need to manufacture more bogies...
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Emergency Surgery For Thomas

During 2016, the decision was taken to trial moving the Day Out...
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Latest News From The NG/G Corner

With 4 fitters now employed full time on the restoration of NG/G16...
Sole survivor G42 roars across the Monbulk creek trestle bridge with the daily Steam & Cuisine luncheon train for Lakeside.

The Case of The Missing Rivet

As Christmas 2016 approached, and Puffing Billy's 6 train running began in...
NG/G Update; Rounding out 2016

NG/G Update; Rounding out 2016

Quite a range of jobs have been carried out or are now...
Ashpan Part II

Ashpan Part II

The air box has been modified somewhat from the original concept, in...
NQR Revised

NQR Revised

Whilst attempting to better cater for massive patronage growth, the need for...
Rich In History

Rich In History

One of the benefits of working with Puffing Billy locomotives is the...
D21 – The Return Journey

D21 – The Return Journey

When D21, the trusty Belgrave yard shunter, came in for its last...
Ashpans & Exams

Ashpans & Exams

Sparks! The bane of any steam railway in the summertime, and, in...
Bogie in Brief

Bogie in Brief

What, you may wonder, is the next step in the development of...
216 NQR – Part 2

216 NQR – Part 2

The restoration of 216 NQR, being run by our Tuesday volunteer team,...
Garratt Goings-on

Garratt Goings-on

The boiler was recently removed from the boiler cradle, in order for...
14A, The Guinea Pig

14A, The Guinea Pig

When 14A came into the workshops for its last exam late in...
Fox Bogie Progress

Fox Bogie Progress

There's been some good progress since this project was first introduced. All...
NG/G16 Into 2016

NG/G16 Into 2016

    It might look to the untrained eye as if work on...
White Metal Or White Nylon

White Metal Or White Nylon

If there are any recurring themes running through this Blog, one of...