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All News Thomas Blog Workshop More A Giant Takes Shape Workshop A Giant Takes Shape By Tim Heeks November 25, 2018 Workshop Progress abounds down in the Belgrave workshop, as the storage racking gets lighter and the engine gets heavier! Work in progress or completed to date… Carriage Project Part II – From Detail to…

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Discovery Centre Interpretation Invite

With the Discovery Centre design coming along, it’s now time to focus our attention on the content and stories for the Discovery Centre and in particular on the stories that we can share with our passengers and the public. The interpretive or storytelling framework for the Discovery Centre focuses on ‘People in this Place’ to…

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Carriage Project Part II – From Detail to Delivery

With the final concept design approved, the engineering team settled down to the task of producing detailed drawings for every individual component, on top of the major sub-assemblies such as the bogies, underframe and steel body frame. Sadly, we didn’t have the advantage the railway had 20 years ago; we had no spare bogies, underframes…

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AllNewsThomas BlogWorkshop 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! A New Chimney For ‘Real Puffing Billy’! September 19, 2018 Signs of corrosion through the side of the chimney … and no spare parts …. then…

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Gembrook’s 20 Year Anniversary

CELEBRATE PUFFING BILLY MILESTONE WITH A GEM OF A DEAL On Thursday 18 October, Puffing Billy is celebrating 20 years since the reopening of the Lakeside to Gembrook line and is offering a Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal on tickets to all passengers who travel this route on the anniversary. The day will also celebrate the…

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Would You Rather….?

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.

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Goods Wagon Fleet

NQ Pulpwood wagon. In the 1950s, NQR 19 was modified by the removal of its sides and ends and the installation of intermediate upright staunchions to carry pulp-wood on the Beech Forest line. This modification was permanent and the vehicle became 19 NQ. WATER TRUCK. This vehicle (No.149) is an NQR without sides and with…

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Buy Tickets – On the day

Whilst you are unable to sit on our carriage ledges at the moment, you can still experience the magic of a day at Puffing Billy.  Meet some of the characters of the railway, have your photo taken with the driver, take in the majestic scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, feel the excitement as you cross…

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Ombudsman Investigation

  Puffing Billy Railway’s Response to Victorian Ombudsman’s Report Victorian Ombudsman’s investigation and report On Monday 25 June the Victorian Ombudsman tabled her report after investigating various Victorian railway organisations and their historic involvement with convicted child sex offender, Robert Whitehead. In response to the Ombudsman’s report, the Emerald Tourist Railway Board resigned and a new Board was appointed, bringing renewed governance and leadership…

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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. To…

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