The story of Puffing Billy Railway’s beginnings in 1900, its struggle to survive closure, the efforts of dedicated volunteers to keep it operating and its grand return to Gembrook make for a fascinating talk!

Puffing Billy has a small group of experienced speakers available to talk to clubs throughout the metropolitan and country areas of Victoria.

The railway has provided speakers for many years and our panel has visited more than 1,500 Clubs to date! Feedback received indicates that the Clubs visited thoroughly enjoy the talk.
To arrange a Speaker, simply gather a minimum of 25 people. Our Speaker Panel will then arrange for a speaker to visit, at no cost to the club.  Presentations can also be adapted to suit club/group needs.

Groups who engage an authorised speaker are offered a substantial discount to travel on one of Puffing Billy’s first class heritage dining carriages.  The Steam & Cuisine Luncheon offers a choice of a Natter Platter as well as a traditional Three-Course menu.

At a Glance

  • This service is Free of Charge
  • Minimum number per group is 25
  • Average time per presentation 45 minutes
  • Day or evenings - 7 days per week
  • Speakers will travel up to 100kms from the Melbourne CBD
  • Longer distances by negotiation

Our speaker panel

Our speaker panel members are Robert Dawson (OAM), Don Horsburgh and Alan Gray. These three experienced volunteers spend many hours each year making speaking presentations to Probus, Retirement Villages, Historical Society’s, Schools, U3A, Rotary, Lions, Toastmasters,  Life Activities, Red Cross, C.W.A.,  Lodges’, Libraries’, National Seniors, V.I.E.W.,  RSL War Widows, Garden, Church, Special Interest Clubs/Groups and Community Radio Station Broadcasts.

Find out more about our speakers below!

Puffing Billy speaker panel
Puffing Billy's speaker panel. From left: Robert Dawson OAM, Don Horsburgh and Alan Gray.

Enquiries and Bookings

Belgrave Office during business hours on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 int).

AFTER HOURS:

Mr Don Horsburgh on 03 9764 0004 (+61 3 9764 0004 int'l), mobile 0411 027 732 (+61 3 411 027 732 Int'l) or email: dhorsbur@bigpond.net.au.