Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world.

Puffing Billy travelling over the Monbulk Trestle Bridge

This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne.

Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.

Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.

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The Journey

Puffing Billy Railway travels from Belgrave to Lakeside and Gembrook in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. Highlights along the Railway line include the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge, the site of the 1953 Landslide and the Nobelius Packing Shed.

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Emerald Tourist Railway Board

The Emerald Tourist Railway Act 1977 (No 9020) established the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (ETRB) with responsibility for the "preservation, development, promotion and maintenance of the narrow gauge steam railway (known as Puffing Billy).

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History & Heritage

The Puffing Billy Railway was one of four low-cost 2'6" (762mm) gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas.

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Landscape & Environment

Puffing Billy travels daily through a valuable corridor consisting of scenic bushland and native wildlife. The landscape and environment is a scenic asset of the Railway and an essential part of its experience for patrons and visitors.

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Rolling Stock

Each locomotive operating on the Puffing Billy Railway has its own history and identity. The narrow-gauge rolling stock classification system is based on the Victorian Railways broad-gauge classifications.

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Workshop Updates

On this Blog you will be able to keep up with the latest happenings at both the Emerald Carriage Workshop and the Belgrave Locomotive Workshop. We’ll also keep you abreast of some of the exciting projects our engineering team is working on. We aim to try

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