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Puffing Billy Railway

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Address: 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
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+61 3 9757 0700
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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PUFFING BILLY OPERATES DAILY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY.

Puffing Billy is...

PUFFING BILLY OPERATES DAILY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY.

Puffing Billy is Australia’s favorite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges 40kms east of Melbourne.

Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.

Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.

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Steam rail heaven

We arrived on a cold and rainy morning in the week before Christmas, The volunteers who run the railway could not have been more helpful, accomodating and cheerful. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ryszard L
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived on a cold and rainy morning in the week before Christmas, The volunteers who run the railway could not have been more helpful, accomodating and cheerful. The locomotives themselves were a delight to see and in immaculate condition. The noise and smell of the steam added to the atmosphere. It had been raining quite heavily and the seats... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I joined a one-day tour to take the Puffing Billy train. I have to see we really love it. It was a fun time for all my family members, including 70 yr old granny and 10 yr old kids. Must try.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had such a great afternoon ride on this train! A real classic steam train with all the bells n whistles. Weather was wonderful. Conductors super friendly and happily posed for pics. Kids loved getting the front seats where they were able to sit with feet hanging out the windows. It's an excellent outing and worth bringing a picnic lunch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a fun time to be had travelling in the Puffing Billy Railway! Nostalgic, Snmoky and a whole lot of fun!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I took the train to Lakeside station. The train ride was romantic t begin with but there was really nothing much to do at the destination. We might only go back in a few years time as it got bit boring towards the end for 2 adults.

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review

Dear Benjamin W Thank you for your feedback regarding the journey to Lakeside station. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the journey on the train even though you didn't find much to do at Lakeside. We find that many of our patrons enjoy walking around the lake, watching the bird life, grabbing some lunch from the cafes or... More 

Southfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I never realized that the majority of the equipment they use is original to the line. And the line they use was the entire railroad minus the Ferntree Gully to Belgrave part which is now an electric commuter line to Melbourne. The trip itself was a great way to spend a day. I rode Belgrave to Gembrook and return. But... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great fun: Lots of waving as you go past different stations. The train journey is so relaxing - fresh air blowing through your hair. Happy atmosphere and sense of occasion.

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review

Dear CaryNess Thank you for your review - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed it! With kind regards from the Puffing Billy team More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Value for money for this attraction is really bad. If it was 15-20$ then the review was 4 I guess, but paying the full price (55$ PP) is just not worth it! The ride was fine (don't expect comfortable seat (not that we did)) an hour from Belgrave to Emerald lake, The view was not that good, OK as well.... More 

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review

Dear Omri D Thank you for your feedback about your journey on board Puffing Billy. We are sorry to hear that you don't think it represents value for money. Please note that Puffing Billy is a not for profit heritage railway, and by travelling with us you are helping preserve a part of Victoria's heritage. Your train fare contributes towards... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my sisters to take our 93 year old father out for his Birthday. We booked First class and had The Natter Platter. We had fantastic service, a lovely meal and had wonderful views along the way. Would highly recommend this for a celebration.

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Puffing Billy R, Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review

Dear Susan G Thank you for your review. How lovely that both you, your sisters and your dad all enjoyed the Steam & Cuisine Luncheon. With kind regards from Puffing Billy More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Puffing Billy railway is by heritage railway standards a long distance train. We booked from Belgrave to Lakeside and the journey took over an hour, with good views all the way. At Lakeside, we spent 2 hours, had a meal and walked round the lake before catching the return train. Coming back was quicker since it was mostly downhill.

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