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“Family Fun”

Puffing Billy Railway
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$76.26*
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Puffing Billy Train With Optional Penguin Parade or Melbourne City Tour
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Belgrave
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Family Fun”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

This little train puffs it's way slowly through forests and valleys to its destination at beautiful Emerald lake. Melbourne families have enjoyed the trip for generations and amazingly it's been preserved. Strongly recommended

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Good for the kids”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The trip seems to be great for the kids than adult. The train is well maintained, but it was not amazing. Also think not worth the price. Would not go for a second time.

Visited December 2011
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PuffingBillyR, Marketing Assistant at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear nj12traveller,

Thank you for your review.
We are operating a heritage railway, with locomotives and carriages that are over a hundred years old. As you can imagine, the costs of maintaining and restoring these are substantial, and this is all done in line with our Era Of Significance (1900-1930).
All the money from the ticket sales goes towards the maintenance and restoration of our historic railway. More information about what the fares pay for can be found on our website: http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/services-fares/your-train-fare/

Kind regards from the Puffing Billy team
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Melbourne
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great for families!”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Wonderful experience for children of all ages. I have raced the train twice and intend to do it again. My friends and family and I have all been on board the train on several occasions and it is a real treat. A days outing is great if you build a BBQ or picnic into your adventure. The Breakfast at Belgrave is also excellent big and delicious and tastes like a real country breakfast. The train ride itself is fun and the sights and sounds of the train calming and delightful to the young and young at heart.

Visited May 2012
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PuffingBillyR, Marketing Assistant at Puffing Billy Railway, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear Jules01Melbourne

Thank you for your positive comments! We are delighted to hear that you and your family have all enjoyed your trips aboard our little train. Good on you for taking part in the Great Train Race as well!

Kind regards from the Puffing Billy team
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful way to spend a day...”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

I went with my family when my sister and her three young daughters came for a holiday from England..It was so relaxing, Everyone loved it, especially the one and a half year old

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Melbourne, Australia
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“unique old world experience”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

great opportunity to get on original old locomotives and carriages, run by volunteers. Winds up through steep wooded country to several stations with gardens, ponds and views. A really good day out.

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