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Toot-toot! Victoria’s victory over virus brings Puffing Billy back

November 20, 2020 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Victorian icon, the incredibly picturesque Puffing Billy steam train, will return to the railway on Saturday 28 November 2020 as metropolitan Melbourne continues to take safe and gradual steps toward Covid Normal.

After being closed for 250 days (about nine months) the renowned Puffing Billy Railway will welcome passengers back on one of three services available, travelling from Belgrave to Lakeside on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Team members of the Railway have been playing their part to prepare for a seamless return to services while the experience has been closed, including clearance of the 24km railway track, maintenance of the various trestle bridges along the corridor, and servicing of the locomotives, now fired up and ready to go.

Visitors can feel confident about escaping to the timeless wonder of Australia’s favourite steam train with a COVIDSafe Plan in place, as well as increased safety and sanitisation processes.

“We’re excited to welcome back all guests to Puffing Billy and have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support received during our temporary closure,” Steve O’Brien, chief executive of Puffing Billy Railway, said.

“We have been working carefully behind-the-scenes to minimise the number of contact points between customers, staff and volunteers and preparing our COVIDSafe Plan. This time of temporary closure has also given us the opportunity to introduce new COVIDSafe experiences that we now look forward to sharing with the community.”

In addition to the excursion train experience, guests also have the choice of booking:

  • Private Carriage Hire – Enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own exclusive carriage with family or friends.

For FAQs or further information on our COVIDSafe Plan and how will keep passengers safe, please head to: https://puffingbilly.com.au/covid-safe.

6A crossing the famous Monbulk Trestle Bridge. Image by Kahla Webb

Puffing Billy Railway encourages all patrons to follow the advice and directives of government health authorities when visiting. For the most up to date information, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Puffing Billy Railway encourages all patrons to follow the advice and directives of government health authorities when visiting. For the most up to date information, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Edited by Peter Needham

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