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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Whistle Stop Wales

Whistle Stop Wales

With "coincidentally" overlapping trips to the UK planned for June 2015, myself...
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Norm’s Engine

The workshops at Puffing Billy have carried out all kinds of jobs...
Garratt 129 Progress

Garratt 129 Progress

All the suspension components are now complete, and most have now been...
Trial Fitting A Garratt Boiler

Trial Fitting A Garratt Boiler

Another milestone for the restoration of Puffing Billy's NG/G16 Garratt was reached...
The Fox Bogie Revisited

The Fox Bogie Revisited

First patented by Englishman Samson Fox in 1893, the Fox style bogie...
A New Smokebox Door Seal For 6A

A New Smokebox Door Seal For 6A

 One of the many constant challenges for the workshop staff at Belgrave...
Re-Wheeling An NG/G16

Re-Wheeling An NG/G16

August 2015....Belgrave workshops. The occasion? Re-uniting the first of the NG/G16 engine...
Sustaining The Operation

Sustaining The Operation

One of the biggest issues facing a tourist railway such as Puffing...
Meanwhile….

Meanwhile….

Aside from the distraction of all the recent exciting deliveries, a multitude...
One Down, One To Go!

One Down, One To Go!

 Following hot on the heels of the boiler being delivered, the workshops...
216 NQR – Part 1

216 NQR – Part 1

216 NQR, in it's current form, was recently deemed to have reached...
An NG/G16 Milestone!

An NG/G16 Milestone!

The postman's been and it's finally arrived! After several years of hard...
Fresh From The Paintshop

Fresh From The Paintshop

Two firsts in one for the blog; not only does it feature...
3A On The Wheel Drop

3A On The Wheel Drop

Well OK, it wasn't really 3A!December 2014 saw the 60th anniversary of...
Rebuilding Carbon

Rebuilding Carbon

 The avid reader of this blog may recall mention of another new...
NG/G16 Boiler Cradle Progress

NG/G16 Boiler Cradle Progress

 With the boiler progressing at the contractors, focus in the workshop is...
G42 Flies Back Together

G42 Flies Back Together

Following a 'D' exam and re-wheeling of the engine units, G42 is...
Half Way There….

Half Way There….

Photos from the boiler makers in Sydney have arrived showing the latest...
A ‘D’ Exam For G42

A ‘D’ Exam For G42

Commonly unseen, the inner workings of our G class Garratt have recently...
NG/G16 Update for June ’14

NG/G16 Update for June ’14

June's NG/G16 workshop day (held on the third Saturday of each month...