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Puffing Billy Railway

1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
(03)9757 0700
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Ranked #3 of 6 attractions in Belgrave
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. An historic steam train still running regularly in the mountain district it was built to... more » Owner description: Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. An historic steam train still running regularly in the mountain district it was built to serve at the turn of the century. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s. Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers. « less
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Dandenongs are not the best spot in the winter but the cold day did not deter us from having a wonderful time. The Puffing Billy engine is beautifully restored and fascinating, the carriages are immaculate and the many volunteer guards are obviously loving their roles. We thought we would have the train to ourselves, school holidays being over, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband couldn't remember if he had been on Puffing Billy as a small child, so I treated my husband & I to a three course meal on the Puffing Billy Luncheon Train, it was a beautiful meal, friendly staff that provided great serves too. A wonderful experience, it's a must do.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our lunch on the Puffing Billy a couple of weeks ago. Samantha did a great job, the food really exceeded our expectations given the confined preparation space, and was topped off with a nice bottle of wine at a reasonable price. The scenery was great too, very atmospheric on a winter's day.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Belgrave is a small town. I didn't notice the train station at first. It was enjoyable trip. Cute and colorful train entering the national park

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Its a bit rare and a bit of a treat, a train running though green hills and going nowhere. Not sure why it is slo lovely but it just takes you back. The steam and the slowness (people literally can run faster than it as they prove every year in a footrace) and the scenery make for a lovely experience.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Together with my kids and family members, we boarded the train at Belgrave Station to Menzies Creek. Not only the kids was having a fun ride, the adults also having lots of fun. Sadly the weather doesn't help as its was raining and fogging when we are there. You need to plan your time well for the ride if you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great day out in the mountains of Melbourne.. fresh air, beautiful scenery and the sweet smell of coal from the steam engine... Recommend catching the train to Belgrave to get to Puffing Billy.. only a 3 min walk.. great value for the enthusiast or the family..Avoid the tourist companies and make your own way there instead to enjoy the full... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Travelling with a toddler, so planned the trip in advance. Had things gone according to the plan, I would've rated this attraction as a 4, or a 4.5. Unfortunately, however: 1. We were overcharged at the counter, and were sold the wrong ticket, even though the staff member herself had verbally confirmed the destination with us. 2. Our return train... More

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

Hi lenatrave, Thank you for your review. It’s a shame that your trip aboard Puffing Billy didn’t turn out the way you expected. None of our train departures were cancelled over the weekend, so we are wondering whether there was a misunderstanding that occurred in this instance. Can you please email us on puffing.billy@pbr.org.au and advise of the following aspects?... More

Sale, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Over all it was a nice experience...we travelled from Belgrave- Lakeside & back, 3 hours all up. get off @ Lakeside to stretch out a bit & wandered around the lakes, took photos & rode the pedal bikes. we didn't bother doing the steam & cuisine luncheon as it was a rip off too expensive & having a toddler with... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Truly an amazing experience on this old train ride. The children absolutely enjoyed it being able to sit with on the edge with their legs dangling out. Nice green sceneries along the way.

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