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Puffing Billy Steam Railway

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Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

The open-sided carriages are the best way to see the stunning views and you can even dangle your legs over the side of the carriages - if you dare! You can catch the train at any of the stations along the way, or watch the train go by from one of the stations' refreshment rooms.

Alternatively, you can travel first class in their luxury, fully enclosed dining carriages, on the daily Steam & Cuisine Luncheon Train, or on the Dinner & Dance Train, which departs on selected Friday and Saturday evenings.

Easily accessible by fast electric train from Melbourne. Tours are offered by all major day tour operators.

Special events coming up at Puffing Billy Steam Railway: A day out with Thomas in autumn and spring. Experience a steam train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Diesel, and enjoy the Thomas and Fat Controller pantomime along with other activities at Puffing Billy's Emerald Town Station. Bookings are essential.

Themed night trains include Murder on the Puffing Billy Express and Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway.

For further details and dates please visit the website.

Tickets can be purchased online up until 8:00am on day of travel for Excursion Trains and 4:00pm the business day prior to travel for dining trains and special events.

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Price & booking

Cost

Type Valid Entry cost
Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
Including a three course dinner
01/07/13 - 30/06/16 $112.00
Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway
Includes three course dinner
01/07/13 - 30/06/16 $99.00
Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train
Three course menu
28/06/14 - 30/06/16 $95.00
Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train
Natter Platter
28/06/14 - 30/06/16 $72.00
Dinner and Dance Train
Includes a three course dinner
28/06/14 - 30/06/16 $93.00
Belgrave to Lakeside
Adult return
27/06/15 - 24/06/16 $51.50
Belgrave to Lakeside
Family Return (two adults and up to four children)
27/06/15 - 24/06/16 $104.00
Belgrave to Gembrook
Adult return
27/06/15 - 24/06/16 $68.00
Belgrave to Gembrook
Family Return (two adults and up to four children)
27/06/15 - 24/06/16 $137.00
Payment methods accepted
EFTPOS MasterCard Visa Card
Cancellation and booking policy

Bookings are essential for all dining trains and special events. Special dietary requirements are available with 72 hours prior notice. If a cancellation is received within five working days of travel for the 'Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train', no refund will be given. If a cancellation is received within 21 working days of travel for the 'Dinner and Dance Train' as well as themed night trains, no refund will be given. No refund is given for online bookings.

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Local directions:

Melway Map Reference: 75 F10. The Puffing Billy is located 40 kilometres East of Melbourne. It is accessible via public transport. Go to the end of the Belgrave line, the Puffing Billy Steam Railway start is opposite Belgrave Station.

Facilities:
  • Kiosk
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Restaurant - licensed
  • Sheltered area
Activities:
  • Train ride
Opening hours:

For daily timetable, please visit the website.

Memberships:
  • Australian Tourism Export Council
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
Disabled access:
Contact operator for further details.