Puffing Billy / Dandenong Ranges
Puffing Billy Railway is a 2 ft 6 in narrow old heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, Australia.
Address: 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160
Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 / 7 days except Christmas Day.
Phone: (03) 9757 0700
Rolling stock: Victorian Railways narrow gauge
Reopened: 1955 - Closed again 1958 - reopened from 1962 in stages
Line length: 25.1 km
Did you know: Puffing Billy Railway travels between Belgrave and Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne - puffingbilly.com.au
It was a tough little challenge in taking photos of this attraction as I was seated like everyone else, literally hanging out of the train and on bumpy track -
The primary starting point, operations and administration centre, refreshment Kiosk (also selling souvenirs) and ticket purchasing are located at Belgrave station.
The railway was originally one of five narrow gauge lines in the state of Victoria, Railways opened around the beginning of the 20th century. It runs through the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges to Gembrook.
The Puffing Billy Railway is kept in operation through volunteers of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society. The railway aims to preserve the line as near to how it was in the first three decades of its existence, with particular emphasis on the early 1920s.
Operations are located at Belgrave, which has the main offices of the railway (other offices are located at Emerald) as well as the locomotive shed and workshops. It is also the base for track maintenance operations
"The Puffing Billy railway was one of four low-cost 2'6" (762mm) gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas"
The present line between Belgrave and Gembrook, through the, fern gullies and farmlands of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, opened on 18 December 1900 and operated (29km) between Upper Ferntree Gully and Gembrook until 1953. 1953, a landslide blocked the track therefor operating losses caused the closure of the line the following year.
Public interest was the influence in the formation of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society, volunteers, with the backing of the Victorian State Government and the assistance of the Military Forces, reopened the line to Menzies Creek in 1962, Emerald in 1965, Lakeside in 1975 and eventually to Gembrook in October 1998.
For more and Time Table please see: http://puffingbilly.com.au/en/
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