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Puffing Billy Railway Menzies Creek, Victoria

The Puffing Billy Railway Collection focuses on narrow gauge railway history and associated industry equipment / artifacts primarily from Victoria but extending to the greater Australasia region collected by the PBPS and ETRB

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1 Old Monbulk Road Belgrave Victoria 3160 (map)
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School Rd Menzies Creek Victoria

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Narrow gauge railway history and associated industry equipment / artifacts primarily from Victoria but extending to the greater Australasia region.

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Sign - Railway Warning Notice

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Sign - Railway Warning Notice wooden Notice Sign with white background and black lettering

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways - Warning Notice Sign Before turning vehicles from Mainline to Yard.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Warning Notice Sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Before turning vehicles from Mainline to Yard. ??????? ( rest is very hard to read )

14A - Victorian Railways Na class Steam Locomotive number 14A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders - Converted to running on Light Oil in 2018

Historical information

14A Built in 1914 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Colac to Crowes line and saw service on all four lines, but mostly on the Colac to Crowes line. It was withdrawn from service in 1962 at Colac and sent to Newport Workshops for storage where it remained, except for a brief time at Bendigo North Work-shops in 1963. After overhaul, it was brought to Belgrave in 1965 where it has seen almost continuous service since. In 1978, it became the first of the preserved NA’s to trial a historic colour scheme for which the Canadian red & dark brown was chosen, but ended up mistakenly being painted a “London Tan” & dark brown. In 1996 it received a more correct Canadian red livery. This “temporary” trial livery has now given way to 14A’s designated livery of all-over black. Its physical configuration will match the late 1940s era with the extended bunker, guard irons, etc. Loco: 14A In service Thursday, 25th June 1914 Withdrawn April 1962 Livery Canadian red & dark brown Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Status Preserved - Operational - Converted to running on Light Oil in 2018 Service History: Jun 1914 - Colac - initial allocation of a new locomotive Jun 1914 - May 1921 Colac Aug 1921 - UFTG. Sep 1921 - Feb 1923 Moe May 1923 - Apr 1927 Colac Jul 1927 - Apr 1929 UFTG. Apr 1929 - May 1932 Other May 1932 - Nov 1934 Moe Dec 1934 - Jan 1940 Wangaratta Jun 1940 - Workshops Oct 1940 - Mar 1947 Colac May 1948 - Nov 1960 Colac - Stored Apr 1962 - Jul 1962 Workshops - Stored Dec 1965 - Belgrave - In active service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 14A Dates that 14A worked on the Gembrook Line Aug-1921 to Sep-1921 Jul-1927 to Apr-1929 Dec-1965 - Returned to service Oct-1977 - Transferred to ETRB ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

14A

7 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

7 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

7NBH - Excursion Car 8/12/1919 NWS Built new NBH SECOND-CLASS EXCURSION CAR. The H was recognising their use for "Holiday" traffic. 15 of these cars were built in 1919 and numbered 1-15. Two more were built in 1981, and numbered 16 & 17. Two extended versions for wheelchair passengers were built in 1981 & 1983. These were numbered 51 & 52 - a separate number series due to the different type of vehicle. Six, numbered 18-23, were built in 1997-98. These had steel frames, padded seats, and a wide "window sill". At first glance they look the same as the previous NBHs. There are other minor construction differences due to the use of steel framing. 18NBH entered traffic 19/4/1997; 19NBH on 5/12/1997; 20NBH on 19/12/1997, the others added in 1998. VR Service History *NBH 7.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 1/1929 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes 8 Dec 1919 - Nos 7 to 15 NBH (new) delivered to UPPER FERN TREE GULLY after this date. Oct 2009 - Lifted. Mar 2013 - Lift

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car

Inscriptions & Markings

7NBH

Station Sign - Fielder

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Fielder wooden rectangle Station name sign pained black background with white letters

Historical information

Station Sign - Fielder Fielder Station is situated on the Puffing Billy Railway in Australia. It opened as a Stopping Place on Monday 10 September 1928, as part of the Gembrook railway line. It was originally an unnamed platform, with time tables noting a station at 38 miles (61 km). In 1929, local Harry Watson constructed a Mallee shed and unofficially named it Ancaster after his home town in Lincolnshire, England, but this was quickly changed by some children to Laura, who was a young local girl. The Victorian Railways officially named it Fielder from Tuesday 5 February 1929, after a nearby resident. It was planned to name the station after the two local residents Cullen and Fielder and combinations of the two names were suggested, however Fielder was the name finally chosen. It remained nothing more than a Mallee shed with small office and a name board for the rest of its operating life. It was closed with the line on 30 April 1954 and the Mallee shed was sold to US Buslines for unknown use. After closure, the site fell into disrepair, and by the 1990s, little trace of Fielder remained. However, by that time, efforts were being made to extend the railway from Lakeside through to Gembrook, which would complete the entire length of the original line. In 1996, a group of volunteers led by Richard Schurmann in collaboration with the descendants of the Fielder family rebuilt the platform and waiting shed, which was officially re-opened on Saturday 19 April 1997 in preparation for the extension of the line which re-opened in 1998. On 18 November 2012 a plaque was unveiled on the station shed in tribute to the Fielder Family Trains do not normally stop at Fielder ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fielder_railway_station photos at http://www.vicrailstations.com/Gembrook/Fielder/Fielder.html

Significance

Historic - Station sign used at Fielder Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Fielder

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising metal painted sign

Historical information

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising This board was used to advertise the Coca Cola drink. This particular sign was displayed inside, on the end of the Puffing Billy NBH type carriages.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising fitted to NBH carriages.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Pause that Refreshes Drink Coca-Cola Sign of Good Taste

red box - DETS 7A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

red box - DETS 7A Made of metal sheet

Historical information

Detonator (DET) An explosive device (not shown) is placed on the rail line and triggered by wheel pressure—used to warn of hazards ahead

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Detonator (DET) Box

Inscriptions & Markings

DETS 7A

Drill Press - Hand Operated Drill Press

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand operated drill press. Bench mounted type hand drill press.

Historical information

Historic - Industrial drill - typical hand operated design used in workshops.

Significance

Historic - Industrial drill - typical hand operated design used in workshops.

DH5 - Diesel Hydraulic locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

DH 5 Diesel Hydraulic locomotive made of steel and metal

Historical information

DH5 Diesel Hydraulic locomotive The DH class was a class of diesel-hydraulic locomotives built by Walkers Limited, Maryborough for Queensland Railways between 1966 and 1974. In 1966 Queensland Railways tested a Walkers Limited built diesel-hydraulic shunting locomotive. This was later purchased and by 1974 the 73 DH class locomotives had taken over shunting duties in most Queensland yards. They were also used on short distance freight services. With the closure of many freight yards and the move to longer trains withdrawals started in the 1980s. Many were sold for further use on Queensland sugar cane railways. Locomotive's Queensland Railways Service History : Locomotive : DH5 Serial No: 587 In Service : 27/08/1968 With drawn from Service : 7/07/1992 LOCOMOTIVE DETAILS DH class No. originally constructed : 74 No. in service : 2 No. stored : Wheel arrangement : Bo-BoDH Roadworthy weight : 40T Maximum axle load : 10T Tractive effort (85%) Length overall: 33' Height overall : 12' 6 1⁄2" Driving wheel diameter : 36" Date of manufacture :1970 Manufacturer :Walkers Place of manufacture : Maryborough, Queensland Locomotive type : Diesel Hydraulic DESCRIPTION - B-B DH FORMER CLASS AND NUMBER - 8/1968 Built By - Walkers, Maryborough, Queensland Service History Date built - 1968 Original owner - Queensland Government Railways Original gauge - 1067mm Withdrawn - Next owner - State Electricity Commission of Victoria DH5 8/1968 Sold to SECV as CC2, In service 8-1993 Sold to Mackay Sugar CC02 (Ex DH5). CC02 was purchased by Cooks Construction in 1992 and used on the 900mm Yallourn railway in Victoria. Mackay Sugar purchased in 2001. Title Value Status Preserved - Operational Gauge Narrow 2ft 6in (762mm) Owners Puffing Billy Railway Operators Puffing Billy Railway Manufacturer Walkers Ltd - Maryborough, Queensland Builders number 587 Associated locos Renumbered from CC02 Liveries carried VR Blue & Gold Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Date acquired - 2008 Acquired from - Mackay Sugar Mill ? State when acquired - Operational ? Work done - Regauged, overhauled Restored to service - Current State - Operational

Significance

Historic - Queensland Railways - Diesel Hydraulic locomotive DH5

Inscriptions & Markings

DH 5

Hand Saw - Metal Hand Saw

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Long metal hand saw.

Historical information

Early Industrial Timber working saw

Significance

Historic - Early Industrial Timber working saw

103 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

103 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Historical information

The NQRs were the standard Medium open goods wagon. Generally the sides and ends were removable thus providing a totally flat truck. Three long drop-down doors formed the sides thus allowing easy loading and unloading. 218 of these goods vehicles were built between 1898 and 1914 ? numbered 1 - 218​. Originally, these wagons carried the code letter R​ as they were built with sides and ends. They later had the R removed. Unlike the Broad Gauge, VR's 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge network never had four-wheeled wagons (aside from a handful of trolleys). Because of this, a single design of open wagon emerged and this was the only type of wagon ever used on these lines. This was the NQR class, a wagon with the same length and loading capacity as a Broad Gauge four-wheeled open wagon to make transferring freight between the gauges easier. The wagons, numbered 1 through 218, were built between 1898 and 1914. The wagons used the same underframe as most other non-locomotives on the VR Narrow Gauge. Letters and numbers were originally painted only on the end bulkheads and doors, both of which could be removed as traffic dictated, and this made wagon identification difficult until the decals were transferred to the underframes of each wagon In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel frameworks with canvas roof canopies and side curtains, and internal seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy has re-created these for emergency capacity. Five more NQRs, numbered 219-223​, were built between 1990 and 1992 initially for passenger use so were fitted with the removable frames In the 1960s the Puffing Billy Railway added grids in the floor of some to enable them to be used to drop ballast on the track where needed. Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 103 NQR - Open Medium Truck 16/12/1909 NWS Built new Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 VR Service History *NQR 103.VA - 16/12/1909 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 103.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Untrafficable at Clematis

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck

Inscriptions & Markings

103 NQR

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy made of steel and metal

Historical information

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy VR Service History Puffing Billy Service History or Notes In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel framework with canvas canopies and side curtains, and seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy recreated one of these and has built five more similarly equipped NQRs, numbered 219-223, between 1990 and 1992.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy railway - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck with seats & canopy

Inscriptions & Markings

222 NQR

Station Sign - Whitfield

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Whitfield large black wooden sign with white lettering

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Whitfield Station Whitfield Station The terminus of the line. Whitfield was the most distant narrow gauge station from Melbourne Opened 1899 Closed 1953 Whitfield was the small terminus for the Whitfield railway line The station had a moderately long passenger platform, small goods yard, goods shed, ticket office and locomotive shed. Platforms 1 Tracks 3

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Whitfield Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Whitfield

Light Rail Bender

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Light Rail Bender made out of cast wrought iron

Historical information

Light Rail Bender Most rails are produced straight. While they to easily bend and appear flexible, they are required to bend for some curves, at rail joins on curves and at point (turn-out) junctions. For a safe transition around curves and in the finer areas of the point, this use to be done with a manual rail bender. Sometimes referred to as a Buddah, the rail bender attaches its two claws to the rail. In the middle of the two claws is a screw that is slowly tightened using a crow-bar to bend the rail. Tightening the screw too fast or too tightly may not give the structure of the rail time to redistribute and the rail may break if not done properly.

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Light Rail Bender

220 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Open medium truck converted to passenger carrying by the addition of seats & canopy

Historical information

220 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy VR Service History Puffing Billy Service History or Notes In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel framework with canvas canopies and side curtains, and seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy recreated one of these and has built five more similarly equipped NQRs, numbered 219-223, between 1990 and 1992.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy railway - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck with seats & canopy

Inscriptions & Markings

220 NQR

replica Refreshment Services Serving Trolley

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Serving Trolley made of wood, metal, glass and with rubber wheels

Historical information

The Refreshment Services Branch was established in 1920, and initially focused on providing station-based refreshment rooms and the dining car service. Its scope expanded to include diverse activities such as stall rental; sales of advertising space on railways infrastructure; laundry services; operation of a hair-dressing salon, a bakery, a butchery and a poultry farm; and the management of the chalet guesthouse at Mt Buffalo. The majority of staff worked in refreshment rooms and dining cars, both of which were a popular feature of the railway service. Previous to 1920 refreshment services had been provided by contractors, but after many complaints the Department decided to provide a standardised service across the system. It grew quickly: five years after it was established the Branch employed approximately 500 staff. Station refreshment facilities ranged from elaborate dining rooms to decorated push-carts. They were staffed predominately by women, who provided everything from a cup of tea to a three course meal. Most refreshment room services were closed in the 1970s. Reference from : Fielding, K. (2012) Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch in Museums Victoria Collections http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/11470

Significance

Historic - Replica of a a Victorian Railways Refreshment Services Serving Trolley used on Puffing Billy Railway

Sign - Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign Rectangular hand painted sign in use from 1970.

Historical information

The Museum was first considered in 1963 when it was felt that Victorian narrow gauge railway history was quickly being destroyed by progress. Originally it was planned to only cater for two locomotives and some rolling stock associated with the Moe and Walhalla Railway. Construction of the site commenced on Labour Day Weekend in March 1964, the area was then fenced. The first exhibit arrived soon after and companies with locomotives and other railway features offered items to the Museum. When interesting exhibits from the "Steam Era " were known to be coming available,discussions were held with the owners in an attempt to obtain the item for preservation. In 1965 an Umbrella style shed was built and by May, the first locomotive ex Erica State Saw Mill (CLIMAX) had arrived. The Museum was opened to the public in November 1970 but was officially opened by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Sir Rohan Delacombe on Saturday 7th April 1973.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy Museum This is one of the Volunteer activities of The Puffing Billy Preservation Society Preserving part of our National Heritage Proud to Help Preserve Australia's Heritage

STA 1 - STA 1 Victorian Railways Corporal Gauge 2'6" Trolley Trailer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

It is a small rectangular wooden trolley trailer that has three diagonal stripes painted down the side of it.

Historical information

STA 1 Victorian Railways Corporal Trolley Trailer Gauge 2 foot six inch (762mm) Built in 1958 It was originally known as ST 1 and used by the “Schools Section” during the restoration of the Puffing Billy Railway, between 1958 and 1962, for transporting materials to the work site. It was rebuilt and reclassified “STA 1” in the mid 1960s. During a repaint it was given three stripes and is commonly referred to as “Corporal”. Vic Collections No. 000035

Significance

Historic - Narrow gauge railway - Trolley trailer Track vehicle - used by Puffing Billy Railway

Inscriptions & Markings

Has black stripes painted on its side.

Lister Auto Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

The Lister Auto-Truck - small monowheel tractor Made of steel with three wheels. Powered by a J.A.P single cylinder petrol motor which is Hand Cranked to start.

Historical information

The Lister Auto-Truck was a small monowheel tractor built for moving light loads around factories, railway yards and similar sites. They were built by R A Lister and Company of Dursley, Gloucestershire, well known for their range of small stationary engines The Auto-Truck was one of several monowheel tractors to appear in the 1920s and '30s, with the availability of small, reliable petrol engines, as developed for motorcycles and the stationary engines for which Lister were already known. These were tricycle vehicles, with the single leading wheel used for both drive and steering. Their simple construction carried most of the mechanism on this wheel as a single unit, the chassis with the trailing wheels being little more than a trailer for balance. Simplicity was a key feature. The engines were single-cylinder and air-cooled. Ignition was by magneto, rather than requiring a battery and electrical system. One of these designs was produced in the 1920s by George Grist of the Auto Mower Co., Norton St Philip, Somerset. The engine was a JAP 600 cc four-stroke air-cooled sidevalve, a typical small engine of the time. The Auto Mower Co. were Lister agents and when Lister heard of this 'Auto-Truck' they bought one for use in their own factory. It was used to carry heavy engine castings from the foundry to the machine shop. Lister customers saw them and there was such interest in wanting to buy them that Lister negotiated with Auto Mower to build them under licence. Although Lister were already well known for their small petrol stationary engines, these were heavy cast-iron engines with water hopper cooling and unsuitable for vehicle use. Lister remained with the JAP engine for the Auto-Truck. The Auto-Truck was designed for use in factories or other places with smooth surfaces of concrete or tarmac. This allowed the use of small solid-tyred wheels with only simple suspension, making the vehicle simple, cheap and lightweight. They had little ability on soft surfaces though and could even topple over if driven carelessly across slopes. Their design was a compromise between the top-heavy nature of the tall engine grouping above its wheel and a well thought-out chassis for stability. The bearing between them was a large diameter ring roller bearing, mounted at the lowest part of the chassis. This gave rigidity and stability, even after long wear. A ring of rolled channel girder was attached to the engine group and rollers on the chassis carried the load upon this. On early Auto-Trucks this bearing is set very low, in line with the chassis members, and is covered by thin steel plates. The front panel of the engine cover is distinctive with large ventilation holes and a Lister signature cut through it. Strangely this panel is made of thick cast iron, providing substantial weight high on the engine and only adding to its top heaviness. To improve visibility of moving vehicles in noisy factories, this panel was often painted white, the rest of the vehicle being Lister's usual brunswick green. The driver was seated on a Brooks bicycle saddle, which in recognition of the lack of vehicle suspension, was carried on the end of a cantilevered bar that acted as a leaf spring. A wide handlebar on the engine group was used for steering. A squeeze bar the width of this handlebar engaged the clutch. Controls included a hand throttle, a gear lever with two forward and one reverse gears, and a large handbrake lever. The engine unit rotated freely for a full 360° rotation. When used in reverse, the Auto-Truck could either be driven from the saddle, looking backwards over the driver's shoulder; or they could dismount, swivel the engine unit around and control it as a pedestrian-controlled truck from behind. Under the engine cover were two equal diameter tanks, a fuel tank for petrol and a shorter oil tank. Engine and chain-drive lubrication used a total-loss oil system, controlled by a small pump and needle valve. Info Ref: Lister Auto-Truck - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lister_Auto-Truck

Significance

Historic - Industrial monowheel tractor for moving light loads around factories, railway yards and similar sites.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lister

Avery Scales - Avery Platform Scales

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Avery Platform Scales - Iron and glass

Historical information

Averys Ltd was the holding company for the 32 operating companies in the Avery Group. The Group's main activity was the design, manufacture, sale and servicing of a wide range of weighing machines, physical testing machines and fluid measuring equipment. The company's history can be traced back to 1730, with the manufacturing by hand of steelyards and beam scales in a small workshop in Birmingham. When legislation was introduced at the turn of the century requiring the stamping of all weighing machines used for trade Avery branches were set up in some 100 towns in the United Kingdom. This was the beginning of the sales and service organisation that expanded to cover not only every important town in the United Kingdom but was also established in many overseas countries.

Significance

Historic - Railway Platform Scales

Fowler - Fowler Diesel Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Diesel Locomotive made out of steel wrought iron and iron

Historical information

Fowler Diesel Locomotive Diesel Locomotive fitted with a Detroit 471 engine. One of the early diesel locomotives used to work on the Queensland canefields. Privately Owned - Exhibit on loan

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway - Diesel Locomotive that worked in the Sugar cane fields in Queensland

15 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

15 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

15NBH - Excursion Car NBH SECOND-CLASS EXCURSION CAR. The H was recognising their use for "Holiday" traffic. Originally 15 of these cars were built in 1919 and numbered 1-15. Four were broken up prior to 1962, and replaced with new vehicles in 1975-76. Two more were built in 1981, and numbered 16 & 17. Two extended versions for wheelchair passengers were built in 1981 & 1983. These were numbered 51 & 52 - a separate number series due to the different type of vehicle. Six, numbered 18-23, were built in 1997-98. These had steel frames, padded seats, and a wide "window sill". At first glance they look the same as the previous NBHs. There are other minor construction differences due to the use of steel framing. 18NBH entered traffic 19/4/1997; 19NBH on 5/12/1997; 20NBH on 19/12/1997, the others added in 1998. VR Service History 8/12/1919 NWS Built new *NBH 15.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 3/1928 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - 1/ 7/1962 - Scrapped - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes 8 Dec 1919 - Nos 7 to 15 NBH (new) delivered to UPPER FERN TREE GULLY after this date.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car

Inscriptions & Markings

15NBH

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy 100 Years Celebration

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy 100 Years Celebration Tin head board with cream, red, white and black vinyl.

Historical information

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board - used in the Celebrating 100 years of the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook railway.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board - used in the Celebrating 100 years of the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook railway.

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy 18 December 1900 - 18 December 2000 100 Years

Scoop-horse drawn - Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery made of Metal

Historical information

Metal Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery at Menzies Creek. The Land on which the Menzies Creek railway station and Museum are built on was once apart of James Hermon's & his son William Hermon's property on which Horse drawn scoops of this type would have been used.

Significance

Historic - industrial Farm equipment used on the farm of James Hermon & his son William Hermon on which the museum is built

End Opening Wagon

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

End Opening Wagon - Made from wood and steel with one end that opens

Historical information

Ballast Wagon Gauge: 17 inch (430mm) Used for transporting crushed rock for track maintenance on the Australian Portland Cement Railway at Fyansford near Geelong

Significance

Historic - industrial Narrow gauge Railway - Australian Portland Cement Railway, Fyansford, Victoria, Australia

Station Sign - Toilet Ladies sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Toilet Ladies sign wooden rectangle Station name sign pained white background with black letters

Historical information

Station Sign - Toilet Ladies An obvious sign for a convenience. The use of the term Ladies was altered to Women at a later time.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station Sign - Toilet Ladies

Inscriptions & Markings

Ladies

Cordite Wagon - Maribyrnong Cordite Wagon

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Cordite Wagon - Rectangular yellow wagon made of wood and brass with aluminium trays

Historical information

Cordite Wagon - 18½-inch (460mm) gauge wagons came from the Commonwealth Explosives factory at Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Both have gun-metal wheels, as avoiding sparks was understandably a priority in an explosives factory. Both wagons also have water tanks to drip water on the wheels as an added precaution. Cordite, an explosive used in artillery, was manufactured and pressed into thin sheets, which still contained a quantity of acetone solvent from the manufacturing process. The sheets of cordite were laid in racks of perforated trays in the cordite wagons, which were hand-pushed to the cordite drying-house where the trucks were coupled together in rakes and warm air was blown through them. The acetone, being very volatile, was evaporated out of the cordite and recovered to be re-used in the manufacturing process.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway - Commonwealth Explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

The number 77 is on the ends

Traction Engine - Foden Compound

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Foden Compound Traction Engine - made of Steel (Painted)

Historical information

Ordered by Langwill Bros., & Davies Ltd Melbourne Used for saw milling, dam constructions and log hauling

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Traction Engine

Inscriptions & Markings

Foden

Hammer - Steam Hammer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Large metal mechanical steam hammer. made of iron & wrought iron

Historical information

Steam hammers, invented by Englishman John Naysmith in 1841, made possible the forging of heavy iron bars and greatly reduced the physical labour required in forging. The hammers could vary in capacity (drop-force) from 400 pounds [lbs.] (181 kg) to 400 Tons (406.3 tonnes) and were once a part of most major engineering works. The Victorian Railways, from where the Museum exhibit came, used many hammers of varying sizes, their largest being at Newport Workshops measuring 30 feet (9.1 metres) high by 15 feet (4.6 metres) wide. Steam Hammers have made forging of heavy iron bars possible and has greatly reduced the physical labour required in forging.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Industrial Steam Hammer

Drill Press - Hand Operated Drill Press

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Operated Drill Press Bench mounted type hand drill press.

Historical information

Historic - Industrial drill - typical hand operated design used in workshops.

Significance

Historic - Industrial drill - typical hand operated design used in workshops.

Watering Can

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Watering Can with a large spout made of tin

Historical information

Watering Can A watering can, with a large spout. Its former use is currently no known, but may have been used for oil, chemicals or even sand.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Watering Can