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Puffing Billy Railway

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Address: 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9757 0700
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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The Best Train-Ride Ever!

This is one of the best experience I ever had. Must ride if you are going to Victoria. The best part is you can sit on the windows legally :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This is one of the best experience I ever had. Must ride if you are going to Victoria. The best part is you can sit on the windows legally :)

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Thank Berkmans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Despite the chilly weather, the views were great. Sitting on the ledge of the train was also a unique and memorable experience. The attraction is located conveniently near to the metro station and directions were clear.

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Thank Seah S
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are old enough to have travelled on a steam train as a means of getting from to your destination - in the case of our family to our holiday destination, Puffing Billy will help to to revive those memories - the sights, sounds and smells that take you back to a time that is a lifetime ago. There... More 

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

Dear mrswills1 Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves! With kind regards from the Puffing Billy team More 

Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed this experience. We had fun as we dangled our legs over the edge of the carriage. Everyone working on Puffing Billy were enjoying themselves as well and very helpful.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WOW!, the turning back of the clock on this chugging journey with nostalgia. The Puffing Billy Steam was pure fun with the steam engines puffing along the railway tracks. The best part even with the cold winter winds is that the bulk of all the passengers will sit with their legs stretched out of the windows ledge and the sights... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was an interesting experience to dangle your feet out of the steam train while it moves. The staff were all very nice and helpful. We took a short return from belgrave to menzenie creek and it's good enough. Too long and you might get bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were in Melbourne recently and did the ride from Belgrave to Lakeside which included lunch on board the train as part of the itinerary. The trains were a treat to watch as the engine linked up with the carriages, you don't often see a steam engine still in service after all. The ride was scenic and you get to... More 

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

Dear HungryMao Thank you for your review. How wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the Steam & Cuisine Luncheon. Our train hosts have their 'train legs' and are used to serving aboard the moving carriages. We will pass on your comments to Simon. With kind regards from the Puffing Billy team More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time with 2 small boys both of whom loved the experience. Rushing through stunning country side, the sound of the steam train, the smell of the smoke from the engine, no windows blocking your view ... This feels very very real and is a lot of fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In August 2016 we (4 adults and two children under 5) went on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Lakeside. If you have visions of a day spent in the Dandenong's, flitting from Puffing Billy to exploring Sassafras & the delights of the Miss Marple's tea room to ascending the 1000 steps, eating pastries at the Piggery . . . you... More 

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

Dear Kiwiskye Thank you for taking the time to review Puffing Billy Railway. We are indeed a three hour experience if you travel from Belgrave to Lakeside return, but there is also the option to do the shorter trip to Menzies Creek on certain departures. We are sorry to hear that you aren't sure that you would recommend the experience.... More 

Murwillumbah, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the train to Lakeside. Enjoyed the scenery. Lovely walk around the lake, lots of birds. Plenty of seats on the carriages but had to contend with a lot of pushy non English speaking tourists so had to stay out of the way of them and also some people seemed to shove to get their picture or stand in yours.... More 

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

Dear Cosmicgirl84 Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the scenery and the walk around Emerald Lake. Puffing Billy is visited by both locals as well as tourists from around the world, and taking photos from the carriages (especially as the train travels over the historic Trestle Bridge) is an important part of that... More 

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