Ride this little world famous, heritage listed train, Australia’s oldest surviving and famously preserved steam train, through the Dandenong Ranges.
A favorite way to travel on board the Puffing Billy is to sit on the side of the carriage and dangle your legs, holding onto the safety bar.
The kids love to do this.
the scenery pass you by as you travel through the mountain rainforest
and through some of the mountain inhabitant's backyards.
Don't forget to wave to the motorists at the level crossings.
Travel over a 25-kilometer journey taking you through thick forests and lush fern-filled gullies from Belgrave, only one hour east of Melbourne, to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook.
The Train's Steam Engine
The Puffing Billy Railway line has been in operation since 1900.
In the early days it was used to transport people and goods between Ferntree Gully and Gembrook.
The narrow gauge railway line was used to ferry potatoes, carrots, vegetables, fruit and nursery goods grown in the lush and healthy soil of the Dandenong Mountains.
Engineers And Linesman On The Puffing Billy Line
Years later, a couple of landslides, a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and new bridges and tracks finished, Melbourne now boasts this fantastic Heritage Steam Train attraction, The Puffing Billy.
Used by local Melbournians and Tourists alike, this is a ride for all ages to enjoy.
Family Having Fun On The Puffing Billy Train
The Puffing Billy now runs from Belgrave all the way up the mountain to the quaint hamlet of Gembrook.
In the early 1900's saw milling became Gembrook's main industry and the little Steam Locomotive played a major role in this industry's success.
The gardens of the JAC Russell Park adjacent to the Puffing Billy Station make for a great picnic venue.
Rail Crossing At Gembrook
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If you are traveling by car along the Burwood Highway before you head up the Mountain call into the Upper Ferntree Gully Tourist Information Center
Check out the mural of the Puffing Billy Railway, meet some of our enthusiastic volunteers and pick up some brochures on all things Touristy.
Then make your way up the mountain to the Puffing Billy Station.
Upper Ferntree Gully Tourist Information Center
Puffing Billy Train Station Engineer
If you are traveling via Wellington Road towards Clematis you can turn left towards Menzies Creek or right towards Emerald Lakeside.
You are able to park near these stations and hop on board the Heritage Steam Locomotive.
There is no parking at the Belgrave Puffing Billy Station, however you are able to park at the Connex Trains' carpark and follow the sign-posted walkway under the main road bridge.
Suburban trains run quite frequently from Flinders Street (City) to Belgrave.
The journey is a pleasant and comfortable 70 minute ride through the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Check Metlink for time table details.
All Aboard The Puffing Billy
You may also like to break your journey at Emerald Lake (Lakeside). Enjoy the scenery, stroll the lakeside, try out the paddle boats or visit the Model Railway.
Enjoy a family picnic at the end of the track and relax in Gembrook.
There are undercover BBQ facilities, a playground and Skate-Park at the top end of the township.
Another great idea is to combine a ride on the Puffing Billy and enjoy the Gembrook Market, a Handcraft market with a difference.
Held on the 4th Sunday of the month from 9:00am till 3:00pm, meet the locals and clever stall holders who make, bake or grow their own product.
Ride The Puffing Billy
Another way of accessing the Puffing Billy railway is enjoying the exciting Coach Day Tour.
Just sit back and enjoy being pampered. Everything is done, all you have to do is enjoy the experience.
The Puffing Billy Railway operates everyday of the year except Christmas Day.
There are somewhere between 2 to 6 services departing from Belgrave every day.
There is one service each day that offers the option of first class carriages and a luncheon.
The Steam and Quizeine Puffing Billy railway luncheon train is a great way to enjoy Australia's favorite little Steam Engine and gain a unique chance to step back in time.
The Puffing Billy Steam Locomotive
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