Puffing Billy

Published on April 26, 2019

Take a ride down memory lane on Australia’s premier preserved steam railway!

The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.

Experience picturesque surrounds that will take your breath away. From lush fern gullies to towering Mountain Ash trees, Puffing Billy provides a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the beautiful rainforest.

Whether you are a local Melbournite, or a visitor from abroad, you can bring friends, kids, other family members, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction.

The journey is a real, authentic step back in time. Parents and grandparents can relive their own childhood memories whilst introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Victorian history. You can also capture some amazing photos whilst the train travels over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge!

There are a range of options and events to cater to your every fancy from simple return journeys to full dining experiences. Special events include a Day Out With Thomasand the Santa Special,as well as evening dining experiences such as Steam & Cuisine After Dark and Murder Mystery dinners!

Puffing Billy continues after all of these years to capture the imaginations of passengers, both young and old. There is a real spirit and feeling of magic around the great steam engine with hundreds upon hundreds of people stopping to watch and wave to the train as it makes its way from Belgrave to Emerald Lake. The sight of her brings joy to so many which is truly a wonderful thing.

If you haven’t done so before, why not try the First-Class experience? The First-Class carriages have been beautifully restored to represent the art deco style of the 1920’s. With options of share platters filled with wonderful cheeses, dips and other delicacies or the delectable new winter menu, making the journey a comfortable dining experience is a no-brainer.

The Emerald Lake stop at the halfway point of the journey is stunning. There are lots of activities you can try whilst there, ranging from coffee stops to water sports, however; the Emerald Lake Model Railway is definitely worth seeing. People of all ages can take a look around at the model whilst finding some of the hidden little things depicted in the surrounding scenes.

The friendly staff aboard Puffing Billy are almost all passionate volunteers, creating a strong feeling of reverence around the great steam engine. There is a real family heritage too with some of the staff being second and third generation employees.

What originated as a railway line to develop rural areas outside of Melbourne has evolved into a major tourist attraction, rich with history and full of fun. Puffing Billy has had a profound impact on the lives of many and continues to entertain and capture the imagination of people of all ages after all of these years. There is no wonder why the great steam engine has survived this long and is still going so strong. Puffing Billy has a lot of soul and needs to be experienced first-hand. Operating every day, except Christmas day, book your journey here: https://puffingbilly.com.au

By Michael Kent

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