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Puffing Billy Preservation Society (PBPS) was established on 8 June 1955 and its members have played a key role over the past 65 years in preservation of Puffing Billy Railway from the early days of rebuilding track and restoring rolling stock to the current times of supporting regular excursion services, historic assets in museums, archives and preservation projects.

Funds are raised for a wide range of projects that provide enhancements to the railway, either at a restoration level, preservation level or visual improvements.

Many members are people with a wide range of past and present involvement at Puffing Billy Railway, a heritage tourist railway operated by Emerald Tourist Railway Board since 1977. The Railway provides regular tourist services from Belgrave to Lakeside and Gembrook through the Dandenong Ranges. Many Society members have been active as Emerald Tourist Railway Board volunteers and continue to support railway operations by volunteering for a number of roles.

The Society is a Company Limited by Guarantee (ABN 79 004 621 505) and is registered as a 'not-for-profit' charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The Executive Committee of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society is elected each year at the November AGM. The PBPS Executive Committee comprises:

Office-bearers: – Anne MacLeish (President), Jeremy Paton (Vice President), Richard Main (Secretary).

Committee members: – Sandra Beldman, Jeff Gouldson, and Gareth Hunter. Five committee member positions are currently vacant, as is the Treasurer position.

The Society Executive can be contacted via email to secretary@pbps.org.au.


Becoming a member of the Society involves completion of an application form (see below for more details), payment of a membership fee and review of your application by the PBPS Executive Committee. After approval, a New Member information package with your personalised membership card (valid for the current financial year) and full details of benefits available to members is then posted to you.

Your membership benefits (full details provided with membership) include:

  • PBPS quality journal Narrow Gauge posted to you quarterly.
  • Discounts on PBPS publications and merchandise.
  • Discounts at other heritage organisations.

If you require more details on these benefits, please email membership@pbps.org.au.

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2022/2023 Membership fees

Full Membership - Adult: $90.00

Full Membership - Concession: $60.00

Junior (under 18 years): $30.00

Family (2 adults, up to 4 children): $145.00

Life Membership: $2,700.00

Senior Life Membership: $1,530.00

These fees apply for memberships from June 1, 2022, for the year ending June 30, 2023.


  1. Download your Membership Application Form HERE.
  2. Submit your membership application form with payment details
    By email: membership@pbps.org.au
    By post: PBPS Membership, PO Box 515, Belgrave VIC 3160.


Puffing Billy Preservation Society Constitution - our governing document

View a copy of it here.

Annual Report of Puffing Billy Preservation Society

View a copy of 2021 Annual Report here.

General enquiries about Puffing Billy Preservation Society
P: (03) 9757 0767
E: secretary@pbps.org.au or membership@pbps.org.au