Puffing Billy Train Tour

Step aboard. Puffing Billy’s train whistle is blowing and the conductor’s flag is waving soon Puffing Billy will leave the station at full steam ahead.

Enjoy a 30 minute steam train ride on Puffing Billy – a fun journey travelling across bridges and steaming through lush forests and tall trees of the Dandenong Ranges.

From open-sided carriages see the sun and smell the fresh mountain air and listen to click-clack, clicking of Billy’s wheels and Billy’s cheerful whistle.

The Puffing Billy train tour is step back in time from the moment of buying buy a ticket at the quaint Belgrave rail station where friendly station staff greet visitors. Puffing Billy is an authentic steam travel experience and at the end of the ride there’s time to talk to the engine driver.

Leaving Puffing Billy, the tour travels through quaint towns with stops for a street stroll.

Lunch is enjoyed at a café at the edge of national park reserve where colourful birds flock in from the nearby forest to feed.

  • Crimson Rosellas, green and orange King Parrots, Correllas, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, and pretty pink and grey Gallahs.
  • See these colourful birds, up-close.

Puffing Billy train tour returns to Melbourne via leafy green suburbs driving through . Time permitting

Belgrave Station - Puffing Billy

Crimson Rosella

Puffing Billy Steam Train

Built in 1900 Puffing Billy the rail and locomotives are remnants of the original five narrow gauge lines (2 ft 6 in (762 mm) that originally carried goods and services from the Dandenong Ranges to the bigger rail head.

From early 1950’s rail services declined due to the popularity of road travel and the Puffing Biily steam train and rail system became a financial liability and in 1954 was closed by the government.

During a series of farewell trips the public and rail enthusiasts realizing the loss of heritage, formed the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and began restoration.

Four locomotives were found and completely rebuilt and by the early 1990’s, 5 of the 6 surviving NA locomotives were in prime running condition.

Soon Puffing Billy became a popular tourist attraction. With refurbished open-sided and saloon carriages and a new track and profits from tickets sales, Puffing Billy at last was viable.

Ticket sales paid the professional train drivers were employed while Society volunteers took the role of conductors, checking tickets on the train, and fund-raising.

Dandenong Ranges
Dandenong Ranges Cottages
Puffing Billy Train

TOUR DETAILS – Puffing Billy
Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 94 km
Escorted: Driver/Guide – all languages
Pick-up / Drop-off: CBD pick-up
Transport: Sedan / People Mover
Commentary: Yes
Itinerary: Flexible

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