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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

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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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Bellow - Blacksmith's Bellow

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Blacksmith's bellow. made from wood and leather and wrought iron fittings

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Blacksmith's Bellow Used by the Blacksmith to blow more air into his fire which further heats the flame to provide a temperature hot enough to heat the steel that he is working on

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Blacksmithing equipment

Hand Rail Drill

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Rail Drill made of metal

Historical information

Hand Rail Drill Out on the track in the old days, it was sometimes required to drill some holes in a piece of rail so that two rails may be joined together by a metal joiner – called a fishplate. Before the use of generators and oxy cutting, the only way to do this was with a hand drill. This is the machine operated by two people, that would drill a hole in the rail. With two to three holes to be drilled in each rail end (ie 4 or 6 holes), it was a tiring, back breaking job. And then there was usually the rail on the other side of the track to be done!

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Hand Rail Drill

S.A.G.A Trophy Cup found at the Museum in the ground

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

S.A.G.A Trophy Cup found at the Museum in the ground small Silver plated trophy cup

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S.A.G.A Trophy Cup found at the Museum in the ground S.A.G.A Jr Pennant 1929 Mt Lofty G. C. R.G. Wilton

Significance

Historic - S.A.G.A Trophy Cup found at the Museum in the ground

Inscriptions & Markings

S.A.G.A Jr Pennant 1929 Mt Lofty G. C. R.G. Wilton

Yellow Trolley - BN Class Trolley

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Yellow Trolley - BN Class Trolley - Flat top dummy made of wood and wrought iron

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Yellow Trolley - BN Class Trolley Class: BN* * Trailers marked (*) are classified as Rail Mounted Tools or Tool Carriers for the purposes of Section 1 of Appendix 1 of the General Instructions. Number: 1, 2 & 3 Name: - Description: Flat top dummy Load Capacity. - Goods : 1 ton (1 tonne) - Persons. ---

Significance

Puffing Billy Railway - Narrow Gauge Track maintenance Vehicle - BN Class Trolley

Ganger's Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ganger's Lamp made of metal, brass and glass

Historical information

Ganger's Lamp

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Ganger's Lamp

Inscriptions & Markings

V.R ( and Arrow symbol ) AL 14

Locomotive Head Board - Wizards and Witches Express

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Wizards and Witches Express Round tin sign with blue, white, purple, yellow and black.

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Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used in the Celebration of Special Children's train day Used on the smokebox door of the locomotive during the running of the Wizards and Witches Express trains.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used in the Celebration of Special Children's train day

Inscriptions & Markings

Wizards & Witches Express

Double Headed Rail

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

2 rail lengths of Double Headed Rail made of Iron makers marks : Wilson & Cammell - Dronfield - Steel and 20 joint chairs with metal rail pins

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Double Headed Rail from Ravenswood Station Siding which was dismantled circa 1987 the two rails were stored for a time at Maldon before being donated to Puffing Billy Museum Bearing makers marks of Wilson & Cammell - Dronfield- Steel works Wilson & Cammell made Steel rails at their Dronfield Steel Works, in Dronfield, North East Derbyshire, England from 1872 - 1883 Double-headed rail In late 1830s Britain, railway lines had a vast range of different patterns. One of the earliest lines to use double-headed rail was the London and Birmingham Railway, which had offered a prize for the best design. This rail was supported by chairs and the head and foot of the rail had the same profile. The supposed advantage was that, when the head became worn, the rail could be turned over and re-used. In practice, this form of recycling was not very successful as the chair caused dents in the lower surface, and double-headed rail evolved into bullhead rail in which the head was more substantial than the foot. Info from Wikipedia - Rail Profile https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_profile The first records of double headed rail being used In Victoria by Victorian Railways was in 1859, the rails, chairs, oak and trenails were imported from UK. After the 1870’s the Victorian Railways went over to using flat bottom rails, but they still needed replacement double headed rail for lines already laid and this continued up to at least 1883 Wilson & Cammell - Dronfield- Steel works Wilson & Cammell made Steel rails at their Dronfield Steel Works, in Dronfield England from 1872 - 1883 Mount Alexander & Murray River Railway The Melbourne, Mount Alexander & Murray River Railway Company received parliamentary assent in February 1853 to build Victoria's first inland railway from Melbourne to Williamstown, Bendigo and Echuca. Construction commenced in January 1854 with work on a pier at Williamstown but lack of funds slowed progress, eventually prompting the company to sell out to the government. The 100-mile (162 km) section to Bendigo opened in October 1862. Its cost of £35,000 per mile made it the most expensive railway ever built in Australia. In 1864, the line was extended to Echuca, tapping into the booming Murray-Darling paddlesteamer trade. info from Museums Victoria - Victorian Railways https://museumsvictoria.com.au/railways/theme.aspx?lvl=3&IRN=450&gall=456 1863 Ravenswood Station open on the 1st Feb 1863 Victorian Railways - purchased and imported the Rail and Chairs from Raleigh, Dalgleish, White and Co. London Importation of railway plant : abstract of a return to an order of the Legislative Assembly dated 27th June 1860 for - Copies of the advertisements calling for tenders, the names of the tenderers and the accounts and correspondence with Mr Brunel relating thereto GP V 1859/60 no. C 15 http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1859-60NoC15.pdf Report from the Select Committee upon the Importation of Railway Plant : together with proceedings of the Committee, minutes of evidence and appendix GP V 1859/60 no. D 38 (2.9 MB) http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1859-60NoD38.pdf Ravenswood Siding When the Victorian Railways were established in 1856 they adopted one of the popular British permanent way standards - heavy 80lb (36.3kg) double-headed rail held up right in cast iron chairs attached to transverse timber sleepers by wooden pegs called trenails. The Ravenswood Railway siding was constructed in 1862 with 12 feet wrought iron double-head rail held in cast iron chairs with Ransom and May patent compressed keys. Trenails held the chairs to the sleepers and the joints were secured in joint chairs. Joints were subsequently joined using fish plates. It formed part of the Melbourne to Echuca rail line, initially known as the Melbourne, Mt Alexander and Murray River Railway. George Christian Derbyshire, the first Engineer-in-Chair of the Victorian Railways was responsible for the design and construction of the works. No new lines were built in Victoria using double-headed rail after 1870. The siding was disconnected from the main line in 1988. The Ravenswood Railway Siding demonstrates the original 1856 philosophy of the Victorian Railways to adopt British permanent way technology. The siding demonstrates significant aspects in the development of permanent way technology in England and Victoria over the period from the 1830's to the 1880's. The chairs in the Ravenswood siding are physical evidence of early railway technology rendered obsolete 120 years ago, namely joint chairs at rail joints and trenails to secure the chairs to the sleepers. The double-headed rail demonstrates an important stage in the evolution of British rail technology in the 1830s. The old fish plates, square headed bolts and square nuts demonstrate the success of fishing the rail joins. The Ravenswood siding demonstrates the earliest form of rail joint technology developed in England, and existing in Australia, the joint chair. In part of the siding the sequence of joint and intermediate chairs is consistent with the 1856 specifications, that sequence is rare with the joints secured in joint chairs. The survival of chairs in this sequence is rare and almost certainly demonstrates that they remained in continuous use at the same location from 1862 to 1988. This remnant of the Ravenswood siding has survived 126 years. The siding has proved to be the most significant of extant remnant double-headed sidings in Victoria, containing a rare combination of early permanent way technologies. Construction dates 1862, Info from Ravenswood Railway Siding Victorian Heritage Database Report http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/4693/download-report The remaining section of this siding is significant at the State and National levels in that it demonstrates the use of chaired rail by the Victorian Railways Department for the Trunk Lines and, more particularly, the following stages in the evolution of this long obsolete method of permanent way construction: a) The use of joint chairs and intermediate chairs at regular intervals inferring that the original wrought iron rail lengths were 12 feet, as is known through documentary sources to have been the case. The survival of chairs in this sequence is unique and almost certainly demonstrates that they have remained in continuous use at the same location and in the same sequence from 1862 to 1988 . b) The use of joint chairs and intermediate chairs designed for use with trenails. c) The use of later intermediate chairs designed for use with steel pins and the use of fished joints with steel double head chaired rail, representing a second method of constructing the permanent way using chaired rail technology. info from Ravenswood Siding - Melbourne/Echuca Railway Line - Victorian Heritage Database Report http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/70103/download-report Addition to Citation for Melbourne to EchucaRailway Line 1/10/90 Double Head Rail The surviving lengths of double head rail with chairs on this railway compare with one surviving similar remnant on the Geelong to Ballarat railway and are representative of permanent way construction techniques applied exclusively to the two trunk railways of the 1860's. In this respect they are rare survivors and may be unique at the national level and of technical importance at the international level to the extent that they enhance contemporary understanding of early railway building technology. Surviving lengths of chaired double head rail survive at Kyneton, Ravenswood and Bendigo on this railway and include a number of different types of cast iron intermediate and joint chairs with hardwood keys and metal pins. The Ravenswood siding is of special significance for the diversity of chair types and for the sequence of chairs recalling rail lengths known to be associated with construction of the line in 1862. Construction of the Railway Tenders closed on 24 March 1858 with no less than 133 tenders being received. A contract was let to Cornish and Bruce for £3,356,937 to commence work on 1 June 1858 and complete the line by 31 July 1861. Cornish and Bruce made quick early progress with the Melbourne to Sunbury section being officially opened on 13 January 1859. The line was officially opened to Bendigo (Sandhurst) on 20 October 1862 by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Barkly. A great banquet was held for 800 guests and this was followed by a grand ball. The extension of the line to Echuca was a relatively simple matter as that part of the line was across plain country without any significant engineering challenges. Tenders were called for the work in 1863 and the work was completed in 1864 by contractors Collier and Barry Apart from the line contractors, other firms directly involved were J Shire law and Co (sleepers), R Fulton, Langlands Brothers and Co, William Crossley (water supply), B Moreland, Langlands Brothers and Co (platelayers lorries), E Chambers (iron pins, traversers), Miller and Macquinstan (luggage vans and steam engines) and various contractors for building works. Info from Engineers Australia Engineering Heritage Victoria Nomination for Recognition under the Engineering Heritage Australia Heritage Recognition Program for the Goldfields Railways - Melbourne , Bendigo & Echuca Railway Page 25 - .2.9.2 Statement from National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Listing number B5323 for Mt Alexander/Murray Valley Rail Line: Page 69 - Theme 3 https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/system/files/engineering-heritage-australia/nomination-title/Melbourne_%20Bendigo_Echuca%20Railway%20Nomination.pdf The Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company was a railway company in Victoria, Australia. It was established on 8 February 1853 to build a railway from Melbourne to Echuca on the Victorian-NSW border and a branch railway to Williamstown. The company struggled to make any progress and on 23 May 1856, the colonial Government took over the Company and it became part of the newly established Department of Railways, part of the Board of Land and Works. The Department of Railways became Victorian Railways in 1859. Construction of the Bendigo line commenced in 1858, but this private consortium also met with financial difficulties when it was unable to raise sufficient funds, and was bought out by the Victorian colonial government. The design work was then taken over by Captain Andrew Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General of Victoria, with bridge designs completed by Bryson and O'Hara The contract for the first stage of the line from Footscray to Sandhurst (now Bendigo), was let to Cornish and Bruce for £3,356,937.2s.2d ($6.714 million) with work commencing on 1 June 1858. Completion of the permanent way was to be by 31 July 1861 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne,_Mount_Alexander_and_Murray_River_Railway_Company Victorian Railways - purchased and imported the Rail and Chairs from Raleigh, Dalgleish, White and Co. London Importation of railway plant : abstract of a return to an order of the Legislative Assembly dated 27th June 1860 for - Copies of the advertisements calling for tenders, the names of the tenderers and the accounts and correspondence with Mr Brunel relating thereto GP V 1859/60 no. C 15 http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1859-60NoC15.pdf Report from the Select Committee upon the Importation of Railway Plant : together with proceedings of the Committee, minutes of evidence and appendix GP V 1859/60 no. D 38 (2.9 MB) http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1859-60NoD38.pdf Victorian Railways : report of the Board of Land and Works November 1862 GP V 1862/63 no. 21 (2.8 MB) https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1862-63No21.pdf

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Double Headed rail Ravenswood Railway Station and Siding Victorian Heritage Database Reports Victorian Heritage Register VHR H1100 Victorian Heritage Register VHR H1786 National Trust VHR H1100 Mount Alexander and Murray River Rail way Line National Trust

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers mark Wilson & Cammell - Dronfield - Steel (possible date 187? very hard to read )

1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck made of Steel and metal

Historical information

NNN - BALLAST HOPPER, This vehicle was built by the Tasmanian Govt. Railways in 1954 and classified QG. A number were obtained by the Puffing Billy Railway for use on ballast trains but to date, only two have been converted. When the first of these was converted for 2’6” gauge operation it kept the Tasmanian QG but with the addition of an N prefix, and also kept its Tasmanian number of 3. However, to follow traditional V.R. practice, in June 2003 it was reclassified to NNN and numbered 1 as the nearest counterpart on the V.R. was the broad-gauge NN. A second one, numbered 2, has since been converted. 1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Service History Built 1954 Tasmanian Railways - QR 3 - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck converted from a 3ft 6 inch (1,068 mm) gauge ex Tasmanian Railways ballast wagon by the Puffing Billy railway. Coupled Length 20 feet 0 inches (6100 mm) Weight 6 tons Capacity 10 tons Number Built Not known In use 1 To be restored 3 Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

Historic - Tasmanian Government Railways - 3 QG Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Puffing Billy Railway - Track maintenance Vehicle - NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Inscriptions & Markings

1NNN

Belt Driven Slotter - KBW Slotting Machine

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Large metal KBW Slotting Machine

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KBW Slotting Machine

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Slotting Machine

Inscriptions & Markings

KBW

Carriage Toilet sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Toilet sign made of enamel paint on metal

Historical information

Carriage Toilet sign Lift the Handle after using closet pan : but not while train is at Platform or in station yard

Significance

Historic - Railways - Carriage Toilet sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Lift the Handle after using closet pan : but not while train is at Platform or in station yard

Twin Cylinder Racking Engines

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Twin Cylinder Racking Engines made of metal, iron and steel

Historical information

Twin Cylinder Racking Engines

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Twin Cylinder Racking Engines

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

Winch - Hand Winch

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Winch made of wrought iron, metal and iron

Historical information

Imported by Cameron, Sutherland & Seward Ltd. Machinery Merchants, Melbourne & Sydney, this example is of the type of hand winch used by the Australian Industries and timber workers in the Australian bush. The central rotating drum is operated by three interacting cog wheels. The metal cable is wound onto the central drum.

Significance

Historic - Hand Winch type of hand winch used by the Australian Industries and timber workers in the Australian bush.

Lamp - Appletons Patent Railway Warning Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Appletons Patent Railway Warning Lamp made of tin & metal and glass

Historical information

Appletons Patent Railway Warning Lamp with Sherwood Style burner Used by Gangers during track work at night Appletons was an early pioneer of railway lamp signal lamp Alfred Edward Appleton invented and patented the Spinner Railway signal lamp in England in 1897. Appleton lamps were patented and manufactured by Alfred Edward Appleton at a factory in Sherwood during the early 1920's to late 50's and widely used throughout Queensland Railways. Alfred Edward Appleton's father was a railway pointsman and porter on the Great Western Railway in Tewkesbury England

Significance

Historic - Early Hand signalling Lantern

Inscriptions & Markings

Appletons Patent

125 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

125 NQR - Open Medium Truck made of Steel and metal

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. 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 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 6 125 NQR - Open Medium Truck 20/ 5/1910 NWS Built new VR Service History *NQR 125.VA - 20/ 5/1910 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 125.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Untrafficable at Emerald

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

125 NQR

Ganger's Trolley Turntable

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ganger's Trolley Turntable made of wood with wrought iron fittings

Historical information

Ganger's Trolley Turntable When a railway gangers trolley was working between railway stations, occasionally it was required for the line to be clear for trains to operate. Many trolleys were too heavy to physically lift off the track, so a turntable was needed. These were provided at designated locations, and in some cases the trolley had a turntable on board. The turntable would be placed on the rails and the trolley driven onto it. The turntable would then be rotated 90 degrees by human power and the trolley pushed off on to a prepared set of rails on the side of the line. The turntable would then be removed from the track allowing trains to run through that section. The gang could then get on with the work required near that location.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Ganger's Trolley Turntable

Number Plate - 7A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Number Plate 7A Rectangular black and white number plate. Cast aluminum replica number board.

Historical information

Replica of a Victorian Railways replacement number board that 7A carried in the later 40's and 50's. This plate was created for the preservation society's reenactment trains in 2012 for the 50 year celebration of reopening to Menzies Creek. Loco: 7A In service Saturday, 6th May 1905 Livery Maroon Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 Status Preserved - Operational 7A Built in 1905 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Wangaratta to Whitfield line and saw service on all four lines with most of its service on the Upper Fern Tree Gully to Gembrook line. It was temporarily withdrawn from service in 1958 and returned to service at Belgrave in 1962 for the reopening of this line where it has seen almost continuous service since. 1979 saw the early two-tone green colour scheme applied to this loco as a trial even though it never historically carried it, but its physical configuration was not altered accordingly. It is now painted its original livery of Canadian red & dark brown and will eventually be returned, as far a possible, to its original condition with a low bunker, narrow ash-chute, etc.

Significance

Historic - Replica Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate of the type used on Steam Locomotive 7A in the later 40's and 50's created for the preservation society's reenactment trains in 2012 for the 50 year celebration of reopening to Menzies Creek

Inscriptions & Markings

7A

Electric Clock - Smiths Setric Clock

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Electric Clock - Smiths Setric Clock It is round with the numbers one to twelve, three hands with a white face.

Historical information

Electric Clock - Smiths Setric Clock From 1937 the trademark "Sectric" appears on their synchronous models.Usually on the dial but sometimes also on the back cover. Early clocks had a prominent "T" in sectric. Smiths English Clocks 1931 Smiths, then called S. Smith and Sons (Motor Accessories) Ltd, entered the domestic clock market and formed a new company, Smiths English Clocks Ltd, as the Clock and Watch division with Cricklewood as the main factory. Smiths were one of the first companies to produce synchronous electric clocks. These were put on the market towards the end of 1931. Smiths formed a subsidiary company called Synchronous Electric Clocks to produce these clocks as the first models carry this name. 1932 Smiths purchased English Clock and Watch Manufacturers of Coventry, and acquired the trade names Astral and Empire. 1934 Smiths produced a synchronous alarm clock which they named the Callboy. 1934 They bought the Enfield Clock Co. The Smith's 8 day Calotte clock made its debut at the British Industries Fair in 1934. Prior to this date calottes had been exclusively of foreign manufacture. Also that year, Smiths introduced the Batriclock which was intended for areas where the synchronous clock could not be used. 1935 They introduced the Synfinity, which Smiths described as "the clock that never stops". They said it was "the remarkable combination of a synchronous electric movement with the essential elements of a fine precision lever escapement". If the electric supply failed the clock would run for up to six hours and rewind when the power returned. Apparently the synchronous motor also corrected the mechanical time train at intervals. Smiths produced a synchronous electric chiming clock. 1937 The trade name Sectric appears on Smiths electric clocks. Also the introduction by Smith's of a calotte clock with an alarm movement.

Significance

Historic - Smiths English Setric Electric Clock

Inscriptions & Markings

Smiths Sectric

51 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car for wheelchairs

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

51 NBH - Excursion Car for wheelchairs - specially built for Wheelchair access allowing it to carry 24 passengers or 20 passengers and 3 wheelchairs, or 16 passengers & 6 wheelchairs made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

51 NBH - Excursion Car for wheelchairs - specially built for Wheelchair access allowing it to carry 24 passengers or 20 passengers and 3 wheelchairs, or 16 passengers & 6 wheelchairs Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Coupled Length 31 feet 4 inches (9550 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Height 9 feet 2 inches (2794 mm) Weight 8 tons Capacity 24 passengers, or 20 passengers and 3 wheelchairs, or 16 passengers and 6 wheelchairs Number Built 2 In use 2 In 1981 the first of two extended NBHs with provision for wheelchair passengers (double door access and fold-up seats) was built, the second following in 1983. These were numbered 51 & 52 - a separate number series because of their length made them different from the other NBHs. May 2016 - In for repairs to the roof

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car specially built for Wheelchairs access

Inscriptions & Markings

51NBH

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy Railway - Young Volunteers Operating Day

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy Railway - Young Volunteers Operating Day tin sign with Black vinyl lettering

Historical information

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used on Young Volunteers Operating Days

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used on Young Volunteers Operating Days

Inscriptions & Markings

Young Volunteers Operating Day Puffing Billy Railway

3A - Victorian Railways NA Class Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive - wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

3A Built in 1900. This is the second locomotive to be built at the Victorian Railways Newport Workshops. Painted in the then standard Victorian Railways two-tone green, this locomotive was issued to the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook line and was used in the line’s construction. Over the years, it saw service on the Colac to Crowes and Moe to Walhalla lines, but it saw more service on the Gembrook line than any other. It was withdrawn from service in 1955 at Upper Fern Tree Gully and sold in 1960 to the Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea where it remained on static display until obtained by the Puffing Billy Presservation Society in 1977. Number 3A Entered service Monday, 4th June 1900 Livery two-tone green Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Service History : Apr 1900 UFTG. - initial allocation Apr 1900 - Jul 1901 UFTG. Feb 1902 - Jan 1906 Colac Feb 1906 - Jul 1906 UFTG. Sep 1907 - Mar 1908 Colac Oct 1908 - Oct 1909 UFTG. Nov 1909 - Apr 1910 Other Oct 1910 - Nov 1911 UFTG. Feb 1912 - Oct 1914 Colac Dec 1914 - Oct 1917 Moe Dec 1917 - Jul 1920 Colac Sep 1920 - Jun 1922 Moe Jul 1922 - Jun 1925 UFTG. Aug 1925 - Mar 1928 Other May 1928 - Nov 1929 Moe Jan 1930 - Apr 1935 Wangaratta Jun 1935 - Sep 1936 Workshops Oct 1936 - May 1949 UFTG. Nov 1949 - Mar 1950 Workshops Apr 1950 - Jun 1955 UFTG. Nov 1955 - Mar 1959 Workshops Nov 1960 - Aug 1973 Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea Apr 1977 - Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 3A Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 Dates that 3A worked on the Gembrook Line Apr 1900 - initial allocation of a new locomotive Apr 1900 to Jul 1901 Feb 1906 to Jul 1906 Oct 1908 to Oct 1909 Oct 1910 to Nov 1911 Oct 1936 to May 1949 Apr 1950 to Jun 1955 Apr 1977 to Belgrave - Transferred to Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

3A

92 NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

92NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends made of Steel and metal

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 92NQR - Goods Vehicle - Open Medium Truck NQ/NQR OPEN MEDIUM TRUCKS. 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. Some later had the R removed if they regularly ran as flat wagons without theh sides and ends. Over the years, a number of 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. 92 NQR VR Service History : *NQR 92.VA - 2/ 3/1907 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 92.VA -

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck with drop ends Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 The Puffing Billy Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

92NQR

Wheelbarrow - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brickworks

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Wheelbarrow - Timber frame with Iron bracing and wheel.

Historical information

Used at the brickworks of Fritsch, Holzer & Company of Hawthorn to transport bricks and materials around the works. Fritsch Holzer Originally the company was known as the Upper Hawthorn Brick Company Ltd. It was started by brothers Johann, Martin and Anton Holzer and Gustav Augustus Fritsch. Fritsch had previously been a brick maker in Abbotsford, before moving to Hawthorn. Each had a brick works that operated next door to each other and the two works merged in 1883 to form the largest brick making company in Victoria. At its peak, they employed around eighty people and were making over 250,000 bricks per week. The depression of the 1890s caused a drastic downturn in building. Bricks were not being sold and staff laid off. The company nearly collapsed. To stave off the inevitable, in 1896 a brick co-operative was formed with Hoffman Patent Steam Brick Co., Northcote Brick Co. Ltd., New Northcote Brick Co. Ltd., Chas. Butler & Son and Fritsch, Holzer and Company. Bricks were sold throughout Victoria as the company supplied the State Government, more particularly the building of schools. They continued making bricks until the early 1970s when the works closed. The former site is now the “Ftritsch Holzer Park. The local Council purchased the 14 acre site in 1972 for $1,060.000 and used it for landfill. The site became a park in 1995. Info from Victorian Heritage Bricks, Brick Makers and Brick Works http://rameking2.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/fritsch-holzer.html

Significance

Historic - Narrow Gauge Industrial Brickworks Equipment - Victoria, Australia

12A - Victorian Railways Na class Steam Locomotive Number 12A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

12A Built in 1912 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Colac to Crowes line, but over the years saw service on all four lines. It was withdrawn from service in 1954 at Moe and sent to Newport Workshops for storage where it remained until 1972. After overhaul at Ballarat North Workshops, it was brought to Belgrave in 1973 where it saw continuous service until withdrawn in 1982 for a complete rebuild. It was returned to service in 1992 in close to its early 1940s condition with all-over Black livery. It will be returned to its post WWI condition with low bunker, narrow ash chute, steel cowcatcher and Canadian red livery. Loco: 12A In service Monday, 23rd December 1912 Livery Canadian red & dark brown Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Status Preserved - Operational Service History: Oct 1912 - Colac - initial allocation of a new locomotive Oct 1912 - Nov 1916 Colac Jan 1917 - Jan 1919 UFTG. Mar 1920 - Wangaratta Jul 1920 - Sep 1925 Colac Jan 1926 - Aug 1926 Moe Sep 1926 - Oct 1937 UFTG. Mar 1938 - Mar 1943 Moe Aug 1943 - Dec 1946 UFTG. Mar 1947 - May 1948 Workshops Mar 1949 - Apr 1950 UFTG. May 1950 - Aug 1954 Moe Oct 1954 - Jul 1970 Workshops Aug 1973 - In active service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 12A Dates that 12A worked on the Gembrook Line Jan-1917 to Mar-1920 Sep-1926 to Mar-1938 Aug-1945 to Mar-1947 Mar-1949 to May-1950 Aug-1973 - Returned to service. Oct-1977 - Transferred to ETRB ownership.

Inscriptions & Markings

12A

Garden Scythe

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Garden Scythe made of wrought Iron with wooden handle

Historical information

Historic - Farming - Track tool - Garden Scythe

Significance

Historic - Farming - Track tool - Garden Scythe

The Adlake Non Sweating Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Adlake Non Sweating Lamp made of metal and glass Metal with handle, painted black, oil Bullseye lens, 13 cm diameter, green Circular lens on opposite site, 5 cm diameter, clear Sliding panel provides access to burner Rain shield embossed 'THE ADLAKE NON SWEATING LAMP' 'LAMP MFG 7 RLY SUPPLIES LONDON'

Historical information

The Adlake Non Sweating Lamp "THE ADLAKE NON SWEATING LAMP CHICAGO" Adlake is a shortened name of the "Adams and Westlake" company. They began doing business in 1857 in Chicago. They manufactured railroad supplies and hardware in Chicago. In 1927, they moved to Elkhart, Indiana, where they remain in business today. The difference between "lamp" and "lantern" is that the lamp is meant to be hung on a post or a hook during use and the lantern is hand-held and only used when a person is directing traffic. It has four lenses- two amber and two blue. Adams & Westlake, also known as A&W or Adlake, became a dominant maker of short-globe lanterns and their #200, #250, and plain “Kero” (sometimes known as #300 or #400) models were sold by the thousands to the entire range of railroads. Short-globe lanterns came about because manufacturers figured out how to get a lantern to burn properly with a shorter combustion chamber, which allowed lanterns to be shorter and cheaper. Adams & Westlake began selling #200 Kero lanterns around 1921 and they sold well, the #250 Kero lantern was released in the mid 1920’s as an improvement over the #200 version, with a new burner design. FInally, around 1930 Adams & Westlake released models marked simply “Kero” but are sometimes known as the #300 or #400 models, which are further refinements. The #200, #250, and “Kero” models all look very similar in design and in fact they are all pretty much the same frame design with a couple of minor differences on the later “Kero” models. Short globe lanterns are still very easy to find because they were produced well into the mid 1900s. Adams & Westlake short globe lanterns can usually be dated by looking for a two-part date code on the bottom of the lantern. The first digit will be 1,2,3, or 4 followed by a dash and then a two digit number. Sample code: 2-39 would mean that the lantern was produced in the 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun) of 193

Significance

Historic - Railways - Adlake Non Sweating Lamp

Inscriptions & Markings

'THE ADLAKE NON SWEATING LAMP' 'LAMP MFG 7 RLY SUPPLIES LONDON'

Number Plate - 6A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

6A Number Plate. Fabricated steel number board made by the Victorian Railways for locomotive 6A.

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 6A Loco: 6A In service Thursday, 18th July 1901 Livery Green Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 Status Preserved - Operational 6A Built in 1901 and painted two-tone green, this locomotive was issued to the Colac to Beech Forest line and was used in that line’s construction. Over the years, it saw service on all four lines, but mostly on the Colac to Crowes and Upper Fern Tree Gully to Gembrook lines. It was temporarily withdrawn from service in 1958 and returned to service at Belgrave in 1962 for the reopening of this line where it saw almost continuous service until being withdrawn in 1983. It has been restored, as far as possible, to its original condition with original design side tanks, low bunker, original size windows, etc., but a steel cow-catcher in place of the original style wooden one. It also has its original colour scheme of two-tone green with white lining.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 6A

Inscriptions & Markings

6A

Four NSWTD Railway marker Oil lamps

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Four NSWTD Railway marker Oil lamps made of metal and glass Railway lamp, paraffin, metal / glass / fabric, used for attaching to railway rolling stock to mark the end of the train, made by the New South Wales Transport Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1870-1970 This lamp comprises a hollow cube of metal. One lens at the front transmits light from an interior light source. Fuel was either signal oil or kerosene. The burner inside the lamp used either cotton or felt wicks to create the light source. The lamp has a carry handle for carrying by hand and a bracket with a slot on the back for hanging onto the hook of a locomotive or item of rolling stock. It is marked "NSWTD" which stands for New South Wales Transport Department.

Historical information

Four NSWTD Railway marker Oil lamps at Nobelius Packing shed Item stamped numbers unknown Oil burning lamps have always been an important part of Australian railway signalling systems and have been used for communication, safety and lighting. It is called a marker lamp and was hung on rolling stock (carriages and wagons) such as the guard’s van to indicate the rear of the train at night. They were also used to indicate the rear of steam locomotive tenders for identification and safety purposes. This type of lamp was introduced to the railways around 1860 and continued to be used for over one hundred years. Oil lamps were phased out on the railways during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when they were replaced by battery lamps. Railway lighting included not only stations but yards, engines, rolling stock, signals, signal-boxes and crossings. There were a number of different types of lamps used for a variety of railway purposes.

Significance

Historic - New South Wales Transport Department.- Railway Marker Oil Lamp

Inscriptions & Markings

NSWTD

2 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

2 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck made of Steel and metal

Historical information

NNN - BALLAST HOPPER, This vehicle was built by the Tasmanian Govt. Railways in 1954 and classified QG. A number were obtained by the Puffing Billy Railway for use on ballast trains but to date, only two have been converted. When the first of these was converted for 2’6” gauge operation it kept the Tasmanian QG but with the addition of an N prefix, and also kept its Tasmanian number of 18. However, to follow traditional V.R. practice, it was reclassified to NNN and numbered 2 as the nearest counterpart on the V.R. was the broad-gauge NN. A second one, numbered 1, was also converted. and was reclassified to NNN in June 2003 2 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Service History Built 1954 Tasmanian Railways - QR 18 - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck converted from a 3ft 6 inch (1,068 mm) gauge ex Tasmanian Railways ballast wagon by the Puffing Billy railway. Coupled Length 20 feet 0 inches (6100 mm) Weight 6 tons Capacity 10 tons Number Built Not known In use 1 To be restored 3 Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

Historic - Tasmanian Government Railways - 18 QG Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Puffing Billy Railway - Track maintenance Vehicle - NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Inscriptions & Markings

2NNN

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.