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Puffing Billy For Grown-ups

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published May 9th 2017
Steam Powered Night Out
Puffing Billy, Melbourne's world-renowned tourist steam train, has the younger generation fascinated and the run from Belgrave to Emerald Lake & return is a fabulous day out for kids of all ages.

But if you're a slightly more mature enthusiast looking for something more than just a train ride Billy's got you covered as well.
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Puffing Billy is one of Australia's iconic tourist attractions but she's not just for kids or the young at heart. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Along with its regular STEAM & CUISINE LUNCH and STEAM & CUISINE AFTER DARK experiences Puffing Billy also runs regular themed, adult oriented services including DINE & DANCE ON PUFFING BILLY, the MURDER MYSTERY DINNER and the RHYTHM & BLUES TRAIN.

Steaming through the Dandenong Ranges on this unique narrow gauge railway DINE & DANCE ON PUFFING BILLY is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a birthday, family event or work function.

An entrée of dips & soup is served en-route to the historic Nobelius Packing Shed where a buffet of roast meats, vegetables and salads is served up accompanied by live music.

Cost is $93 per person and includes train journey, 3-course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee & dinner chocolates. There are no concession fares available.

The next DINE AND DANCE ON PUFFING BILLY services will run on Saturday 24th June, Saturday 1st July and Saturday 22nd July.
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Dinner is served aboard the Puffing Billy DINNER & DANCE train. Photo: Courtesy Puffing Billy Preservation Society


Puffing Billy's MURDER MYSTERY DINNER is an evening full of deception and intrigue with guests tasked with finding out 'who dunnit'.

Again an entrée is served en-route and a 3-course dinner follows on arrival at Nobelius Packing Shed.

Guests are invited to dress up for the occasion in a 1920's or 1930's theme and a Best Dressed Prize is awarded on the night.

Cost is $112 per person with no concessions available.

Cost includes train journey, 3-course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee & dinner chocolates.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER services will next run on Saturday 3rd June, Friday 30th June, Saturday 15th July and Saturday 29th July.
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The service is first class ......


Victoria Melbourne Puffing Billy Belgrave Menzies Creek Emerald Lake Train Trains Railway Railways Dandenong Ranges
..... aboard Puffing Billy's heritage rolling stock. Photo: Courtesy Puffing Billy Preservation Society


Puffing Billy's next RHYTHM & BLUES TRAIN will next run on Saturday 17th June.

Guests will enjoy first-class treatment aboard Puffing Billy's Dining Carriages with an entrée of homemade soup served along with live musical entertainment en-route to Nobelius Packing Shed. Here dinner is served with more live music and dancing and a roaring log fire in the cooler months. On the return trip, guests are offered a complimentary Port.

Cost is $99 per person, with no concessions available, and includes the train journey, 3-course meal, entertainment, complimentary port, tea or coffee and dinner chocolates.

On all these services a range of beverages, including local wines, are available for purchase throughout the evening.

Puffing Billy offers a range of experiences on board its steam trains in a unique heritage setting and visitors can enjoy a great night out thanks to the dedication of the more than 900 volunteers needed to keep the railway running.
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All aboard Puffing Billy for a fabulous experience by day or night. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
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Why? Enjoy an evening of fun steaming through the Dandenong Ranges aboard one of Australia's iconic tourist attractions.
When: All year round - check the website for seasonal daily timetables.
Phone: (03) 9757 0700
Where: Belgrave Railway Station
Cost: Cost varies per service or event. Check the website for details.
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