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Puffing Billy Railway celebrates 75 years of Thomas the Tank Engine

ALL ABOARD FOR A SPECIAL THOMAS & FRIENDS CELEBRATION When Rev Wilbert Awdry wrote his first book, The Three Railway Engines, in 1945, he had no idea that his story about trains on the Island of Sodor would go on to captivate generations of children from all over the world. The Three Railway Engines was…

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Go Behind the Steam at Puffing Billy Railway this February

Volunteer Recruitment Open Day – Sunday 23rd February 2020. Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at Puffing Billy? Now is your opportunity to come behind-the-scenes and see what it takes to preserve and promote one of the finest heritage steam railways in the world. On Sunday 23 February, Puffing Billy will host…

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Full steam ahead for Puffing Billy’s new state-of-the-art $20m Lakeside Visitor Centre in Emerald

The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing were at Emerald Lake Park recently to see early works on the $20 million, state-of-the-art centre which is due to open in December 2020. The centre, adjacent to Puffing Billy’s Lakeside Station, will feature educational and volunteer facilities,…

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Continental Puffing Billy?

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 attention, including leaking lens rings on the main steam pipes. Lens rings are essentially doughnut-shaped metal gaskets, forming a seal between concave recesses machined into two adjoining pipe flanges, whilst allowing…

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Third generation to jump on the Puffing Billy train?

A passion for trains runs deep in the Campbell family. Ian Campbell spent more than 30 years working in the rail industry and has been a volunteer at Puffing Billy for 53 years. His passion rubbed off on his grandson, Zac Campbell, who has volunteered at Puffing Billy since 2012 and currently works full time…

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First Female Driver Makes Tracks at Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy Railway will celebrate an exciting milestone on Wednesday 31 July when volunteer, Belinda McKenzie, becomes the first female train driver in the railway’s 119-year history. Belinda, 40, will drive the 10.30am and 2.30pm trains from Belgrave Station, supported by an all-female crew, including the fireman, guard, and conductors. Belinda started volunteering at Puffing…

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Become a Puffing Billy partner

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Puffing Billy Railway! To start the process, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form below. If you have any questions prior to submitting the EOI, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on partnerships@pbr.org.au. Benchmarks – how do we assess your application? Expand Upon…

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Puffing Billy Railway and Johns Hill Landcare create Indigenous Garden

NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN COMES TO LIFE   Calling all green thumbs and train lovers!   Puffing Billy Railway and Johns Hill Landcare are inviting residents to pull on some gloves, roll up their sleeves and come down to Puffing Billy on 22 June 2019 from 11am to 1pm to help create a new community garden…

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Thomas & Friends Return to Puffing Billy in 2020

There is no better place to meet one of the world’s most popular trains than at Australia’s favourite railway, Puffing Billy! Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are back in February and March 2020 for the very popular Day out with Thomas, being held at Puffing Billy’s Gembrook Station. Passengers will enjoy a 35-minute…

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