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Puffing Billy (Belgrave)

Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. An historic steam train still running regularly in the mountain district it was built to serve at the turn of the century.

The Railway is the sole survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900's. Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

Puffing Billy runs every day of the year, except Christmas day, so why not take yourself and your family or friends on a sentimental journey along this 24.5 km operating museum. Enjoy the mountain scenery and panoramic views which pass by your carriage window. At Lakeside, the intermediate terminus of the railway is inside the beautiful Emerald Lake Park. You may stop over for a few pleasant hours bushwalking, swimming or just relaxing in the peaceful country setting. The terminus of the line at Gembrook is a delightful country town with much to offer the visitor.

Steam & Cuisine Luncheon Train
The Steam & Cuisine luncheon train is a great way to enjoy Australia's favourite steam train - Puffing Billy! The Steam & Cuisine luncheon train offers the luxury of first class steam travel in fully enclosed heritage carriages with a range of dining options for the discerning passenger.

Step back in time as you board Puffing Billy's Steam & Cuisine luncheon train and enjoy the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. This three hour experience with guests returning to Belgrave Station in our beautifully restored heritage carriages captures the romance and charm of steam train travel.

The Dinner & Dance Train
Share this unique dinner and dance experience with family and friends onboard Puffing Billy Railway's first class dining carriages! Relax and savour your entree whilst travelling to the historic 'Nobelius Packing Shed'. Enjoy a sumptuous meal of roast meats and desserts at 'the Shed' before our musical entertainer invites everyone to join the dance floor. The Dinner & Dance Train can also be chartered for groups of 60-80 people.

Day Out With Thomas
Meet 'Thomas the Tank Engine' and 'The Fat Controller' at Puffing Billy's Emerald town station ...entertainment for the entire family! 'Thomas' visits Puffing Billy in Autumn and Spring.

Attractions include;
  • A 20 minute train ride with 'Thomas' and 'Diesel'
  • Thomas and The Fat Controller pantomime
  • Meet the Fat Controller and his friends
  • Animal Nursery
  • Jumping Castle
  • Green Bulgy Bus Ride
  • Thomas Colouring Marquee
  • Thomas DVD Show
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Opportunities
Refreshment facilities (food and soft drinks) and an extensive range of Thomas merchandise are available for purchase onsite.

Opening Hours:

Time Tables


All Puffing Billy trips depart and return from Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges, only 40 km east from Melbourne, Victoria. However, a round trip may be commenced at any Puffing Billy station if the timetable permits. Individual tickets can be purchased on the day of travel at any Puffing Billy station.

Services and Fares


Puffing Billy is an iconic Melbourne attraction. However, it is expensive and a return trip over a segment e.g. between Belgrave and Menzies Creek, should give most people an enjoyable experience.


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6 Old Monbulk Road,  Belgrave 3160, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 9757 0700
Map: 75 Ref: F10

Web Links


Link Friends of Puffing Billy Railway on Facebook

Link Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Link The Best Family Activities in the Dandenong Ranges

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