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Published April 10th 2016
Great Scott-It's a murder mystery night on the Puffing Billy
Full steam ahead!
It's the 1920's. The war is over, short skirts are in, art deco is at its peak and it's time to dance. That sounds like berries to me (1920's talk for "sounds great"). But before you start practicing the Charleston, there's just one problem. There's been a murder aboard the Puffing Billy and somebody needs to be brought to justice!
The Puffing Billy Murder Mystery Night departs at Belgrave station on selected Friday and Saturday evenings and goes for approximately for four hours. Dressing up in 1920's garb is optional but there are prizes for the best dressed. It adds a fantastic atmosphere to see the 1920's costumes alongside the 102 year old steam train and you feel like you've stepped back in time.
The fabulous stars of the show!
The murder mystery begins right from the get go on the departing platform with the actors roaming and dropping clues and snippets of previous events and it then continues on board in the heated dining carts where you will be served the first course of your meal. Then it's full steam ahead to your destination, the "Nobelius Packing Shed", with a roaring log fire for the second and third courses of your meal. This is followed by the grand finale with the audience working together to piece together the clues and figure out who was the murderer and why. Then jump back on board the Puffing Billy and head back to Belgrave station with coffee, tea and chocolates.
I had a wonderful time and this was a fabulous experience. The night ended beautifully with my husband and I taking a stroll outside to the front of the steam train and a chat with the driver. Who was very cheerful and happy to tell us about the history of the 102 year old train we had just been on. The sounds of the steam train cooling and a glimpse at the bright orange furnace fire with the backdrop of night was really something.
The total cost for the evening is $112 per person and includes: Train journey, three course dinner, entertainment, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase. Best to check the website for availability at puffingbilly.com.au
Speaking to one of the waiters on the night, I found out they also offer other regular themed nights which include meals and entertainment. Checking the Puffing Billing website I found these include a whole bunch of interesting themes such as Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and a Jazz night. Plus the Great Train Race on the 1st of May which is a 13.5 km run through the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park competing against the Puffing Billy. For more information click on the link puffingbilly.com.au