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

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Allen Twin Cylinder Engine Driving A Brush Electrical Generator

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Twin Cylinder Engine Driving A Brush Electrical Generator made of steel , iron, wrought iron, brass

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Allen Twin Cylinder Engine Driving A Brush Electrical Generator Built by W. H. Allen & Co, Ltd ., Bedford, England ( serial Number R1/14738/4) it was used at Kodak Australia, Abbotsford plant , to provide power through the attached Brush Electrical Generator ( serial 21177 of 1929 ) for the photographic plant. Donated by Kodak ( Australia ) Ltd. in 1966

Significance

Historic - Industrial Twin Cylinder Engine Driving A Brush Electrical Generator used by Kodak Australia, at their Abbotsford plant, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Built by W. H. Allen & Co, Ltd ., Bedford, England ( serial Number R1/14738/4)

1 NBC - Combined Second-Class Passenger Car And Guard's Van.

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1NBC - Combined Second-Class Passenger Car And Guard's Van. - Made of Timber on a Wrought iron frame 1NBC - 1 compartment and van (7 & 4 ton capacity) - awaiting Restoration

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Van 1 NBC - 1 compartment and van (7 & 4 ton capacity) - awaiting Restoration Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 10 tons Capacity 7 passengers, 4 tons of goods Built 1898 - 1910 Number Built 7 In use NBC 2 To be restored NBC 1 & 6 VR Service History NBDBD 1.VA - 4/ 2/1899 NWS Built new - circa 1910 - To NBC 1.VA - *NBC 1.VA - / 4/1926 - Modified AC Malco 5/ 7/1937 NWS Into Workshops - 16/ 7/1937 NWS Out of Workshops (12 days) 13/ 3/1941 NWS Into Workshops - 5/ 4/1941 NWS Out of Workshops 24 days / 1/1954 - Sold (to) - circa 1955 CAC Body (v) / /1995 EME Note in Workshops

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Passenger and Guard's Van carriage. Used on first official train between Wangaratta and Whitfield in 1899.

Inscriptions & Markings

1 NBC

Carriage Foot warmer - Victorian Railways

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Victorian Railways Carriage Heater - Foot Warmer, stainless steel, This foot warmer comprises a rectangular-shaped stainless steel casing with a welded seam down the back and welded ends. There is a handle at one end for carrying and shaking. Inside the foot warmer are two baffle plates and three trays to contain the sodium acetate. There was a cast-iron ball in each internal compartment.

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Victorian Railways Carriage Heater - Foot warmer Only prestige long distance trains had air-conditioning, and the majority of passengers had to brave unheated carriages. To offer some comfort during the winter months, the non-air-conditioned carriages were provided with footwarmers. These were metal containers roughly 100 mm thick and 300 mm wide, and about 750 mm long, which were filled with chemicals. The footwarmers were covered by sleeves of thick canvas, and two footwarmers were usually placed in each compartment of non-air-conditioned carriages. To activate the chemicals, the footwarmers were heated almost to boiling point. This was done by removing the canvas sleeves and placing the footwarmers in a large bath of very hot water. After they had been heated, they were removed from the bath and the sleeves refitted. They were then ready to be placed in the carriages. The McLaren patent foot warmer : The McLaren patent foot warmer was used on railways in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia as well as South Africa and New Zealand. It was during the 1901 royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall that these foot warmers were first used in New Zealand in the royal carriage. Before railway carriage heating was introduced, McLaren patent foot warmers were placed on the floor of New South Wales government railway carriages from 1891 to provide a little passenger comfort. The rectangular steel container worked a bit like a hot water bottle but instead of water contained six and a half kilograms of loosely-packed salt crystals, (concentrated crystalline hydrated sodium acetate). This was permanently sealed inside the container with a soldered cap. After the foot warmer was heated in vat of boiling water for about one and a quarter hours the crystals became a hot liquid. (The melting point for sodium acetate is 58 degrees). There was a whole infrastructure of special furnaces set up at stations for the daily heating of foot warmers. By 1914 the Victorian railways had 4,000 foot warmers in service and by 1935 there were 33 furnaces at principal stations to heat them. After about 10 hours the container was picked up by the handle and given a good vertical shake which helped the cooled liquid reform into a solid mass of hot crystals. Staff or sometimes passengers shook them en route when the foot warmers began to get cold. However, as they were heavy this was only possible by fit and agile passengers. At the end of the journey the containers were boiled again for reuse on the next trip. Sodium acetate railway foot warmers were introduced in Victoria in 1889, Adelaide to Melbourne express in 1899. "Shaking up" on this service took place at Murray Bridge and Stawell on the tip to Melbourne and at Ballarat and Serviceton on the trip to Adelaide. The use of foot warmers began to decline in New South Wales from the 1930s with the first trial of carriage air-conditioning in 1936, steam heating from 1948 ad LP gas heating from 1961. By the early 1960s the main services using foot warmers were the overnight mail trains. info from : http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=67564#ixzz4UBNzVf6t Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial There was a whole infrastructure set up at stations for the daily heating of foot warmers in special furnaces. In Victoria alone in 1935 there were 33 heating works.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Carriage Heater - Foot warmer

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

Sign - Puffing Billy Museum Entry

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

14NB - Compartment Passenger Carriage

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Passenger Rolling Stock: Passenger carriage 14NB - Carriage (NB 2nd series) 5 compartments - Made of Timber on a Wrought iron frame Awaiting restoration

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14NB - Carriage (NB 2nd series) 6 compartments (40) Awaiting restoration NB There were three types: -Nos. 1-6 were Saloon cars having end platforms and a ladies toilet, and were built from 1899-1904. Nos. 7-23 were 5-compartment side loading cars, built from 1906-1915. Nos. 24-27 were the former NAB class cars mentioned previously and were also side loading, having 6 compartments and two ladies toilets. VR Service History *NB 14.VA - 16/12/1912 NWS Built new - / 5/1926 - Modified AC Malco 15/ 7/1931 NWS Into Workshops - 20/10/1931 NWS Out of Workshops (98 days) 5/ 8/1936 NWS Into Workshops - 6/11/1936 NWS Out of Workshops (94 days) 26/ 2/1951 - Scrapped - Body and underframe purchased by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society from Pakenham.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: NB Passenger carriage Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 The Puffing Billy Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

14NB

3 NAL (Teepookana) - 1st. class saloon car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1st. class saloon car made of Timber and steel

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3 NAL - Teepookana - (Mt. Lyell) O 3; 3 NBL - 1st. class saloon car (20) NAL FIRST-CLASS SALOON CAR. Four saloon end-platform cars originally built during 1901–1902 by the Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd. for the 3'6" gauge Mt. Lyell Mining & Railway Company in Tasmania and classed O. Converted for use as second-class cars on the 2'6" gauge Puffing Billy Railway during 1965–1966, these cars were reclassified NBL and numbered 1–4. The L recognises their Mt. Lyell origin, No. 1 was kept for use as the Railway's VIP car and was reconditioned to a higher standard. No. 2 was similarly upgraded in 1985 for use on special occasions. In 1989 No. 3 was similarly reconditioned with No. 4 receiving similar treatment in 1995. These cars were re-classified NAL in recognition of their new first-class nature. The Mt Lyell Railway was closed in 1963 and subsequently dismantled, but fortunately several of the locomotives and carriages passed into preservation. Purchased by Puffing Billy Preservation Society from the Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Company in the 1960s, it was converted to 2' 6" gauge. It has since given many years of service on the Puffing Billy Railway. TASMANIAN CARRIAGES & GUARDS VANS No. Builder Type Year built Ex. Location Note NAL 1 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Mt Lyell NAL 2 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Rinadeena NAL 3 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Teepookana NAL 4 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Dubbil Barril Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co The Lancaster Company was formed in 1863 and owned extensive works on the outskirts of Lancaster where it produced railway rolling stock of all descriptions, tram cars, wheels and axles, etc and had a reputation for work of a very high-class character. In 1902 Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Co was registered on 18 April and incorporated as a limited company to amalgamate 6 companies including Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co These works were closed in 1908 when the business was transferred to Ashbury 1st Saloon Carriage Owner Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, Queenstown, TAS Builder Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd, England Build date 1901 - 1902 Car length 31 ft 4 in (9.55 m) Car weight 11 t (11.18 ton) Gauge Original Narrow: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) Rebuilt Narrow: 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) Configuration Bogie Capacity 1 -3: 20 Passengers 4: 28 Passengers Number in class 4 Numbers Mt. Lyell: O 2 - O 3, O 5, O 6 Puffing Billy: NBL 1 - NBL 4, NAL 1 - NAL 4, Mt. Lyell, Teepookana, Rinadeena, Dubbil Barril First run 1901 No. Name Location In Service Withdrawn Condition Livery NAL 1 Mt Lyell, NBL 1 Puffing Billy Reclassed from O 5. Recoded to NAL 1. Operational NAL 2 Teepookana, NBL 2 Puffing Billy Converted from O 2. Upgraded - 1985. Recoded to NAL 2. Operational NAL 3 Rinadeena, NBL 3 Puffing Billy Converted from O 3. Upgraded - 1989. Converted to NAL 3. Operational NAL 4 Dubbil Barril, NBL 4 Puffing Billy Converted from O 6. Upgraded - 1995. Converted to NAL 4. Operational

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge railway - Mt. Lyell Mining & Railway Company in Tasmania - 1st Class Saloon Carriage

Inscriptions & Markings

3 NAL - Teepookana

red box - DETS 7A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

red box - DETS 7A Made of metal sheet

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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

hoop - Staff exchanger

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Staff exchanger hoop made of Leather Bakelite and wooden prop staff

Historical information

Staff exchanger hoop - Leather Bakelite and wooden prop staff. The hoop held the 'Staff’ giving authority for a locomotive or rail vehicle permission to travel over a specified section of track. The display shows the hand held type used from person to person. Hand held staffs were exchanged at low speeds or stationary. Automatic staff exchangers were also in use when a vehicle was not required to travel at low speed to exchange the staffs and were used by express trains. To exchange the 'Staff’ from the platform or signal box to the locomotive driver, the hoop was held up in the air by the person, and collected by the Drivers arm. The reverse occurred when the staff was being given by the Driver. Both exchanges may occur where one section of line ends and another commences.

Significance

Historic - Railways - Staff exchanger hoop - used for person to person exchanging.

Victorian Railways Broad Gauge model railway

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Models of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge rolling stock - Hand Made - plastic and cast metal

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Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge - Dalhouse Station The Models were hand made including electric motors and cast metal by Desmond Henry Ramsay over 40 years - from the age of 15 ( 1930 ) until his death in 1970. The locomotives and carriages are all replicas of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge. The Dalhouse Station and station yard were inspired by victorian railways design. This Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge was kindly donated to the Puffing Billy Railway Museum by the family of Desmond Henry Ramsay - Elwyn Stankiewicz - Vanessa Bourke - Roger Ward. (plaque afixed on case)

Significance

Historic - Hand made Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge by Desmond Henry Ramsay

Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Metal Milk Urn - steel

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Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Inscriptions & Markings

Refreshment Services

DH59 - Diesel Hydraulic locomotive (formerly DH 31)

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

DH59 Diesel Hydraulic locomotive made of steel and metal

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DH31 - DH59 Diesel Hydraulic locomotive Built to 3'6" gauge in 1970 this Diesel Hydraulic locomotive entered service for the Queensland Railways where it remained until withdrawn in 1994. Purchased by the E.T.R.B. in 1995, it was converted to 2'6" gauge in Queensland and transported to Belgrave in 1996 for overhaul. It re-entered service later in 1996, although instead of receiving a V.R. type classification & number and V.R. style livery, it retained its Q.R. number of DH59 and its Q.R. livery minus the Q.R. logo, but has since been repainted the traditional Blue & Gold of V.R. diesel locomotives and reclassified DH31. It has since been returned to DH 59. 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 : DH59 Serial No: 646 In Service : 19/05/1970 With drawn from Service : 20/05/1991 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 DH Class Type Diesel-Hydraulic Introduced 1966 Number in class 73 Manufacturer Walkers Gauge Narrow (QR, MIM) 900mm (SECV) Axles B-B Length 11.1 m Mass 37 t Engine Caterpillar D355E Transmission Voith L42U2 Power 347 kW / 465 HP Tractive effort 114 / 82 kN Speed 50 / 10 km/h

Significance

Historic - Queensland Railways - Diesel Hydraulic locomotive DH59

Inscriptions & Markings

DH59 Diesel Hydraulic locomotive

1 NH - Powder & General Goods Van

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1 NH - Powder & General Goods Van Made of Timber - wood, wrought iron and metal sheet There were two compartments: a 10ft 8¾ inch (3,270 mm) section for explosives and a 13 ft 7 in (4,140 mm) section for general goods. The sides, ends covered in sheet metal with NU type louvre doors for ventilation.

Historical information

V.R. Powder & General Goods Van NH1 Gauge 2'6" The NH Powder and Goods van was built in 1910. Its purpose was to carry explosives and general goods, Originally classed as NPH. There were two compartments: a 10ft 8¾ inch (3,270 mm) section for explosives and a 13 ft 7 in (4,140 mm) section for general goods. The sides, ends and doors were covered in sheet metal. With the closing of the mines at Walhalla the need to carry explosives ended and both compartments were used for general goods. The doors were replaced with NU type louvre doors for ventilation. NH1 Covered Truck Service History : NPH NPH 1 was built and issued to traffic June 1910. It was a bogie boxvan set up for general goods and the transportation of explosives. It could carry 6 tons of goods and 4 tons of explosives. No doubt the van was stationed on the Moe - Walhalla line. Walhalla was a gold mining town and the rail line had been built from Moe to provide a faster means of transportation than bullock teams from the sailing boats from Melbourne to Port Albert/Sale via Heyfield. In 1911 the van was converted to all goods transport and recoded to NH. NH The van was fitted with autocouplers in 1928. It was scrapped in 1954. By 1968, the vehicle body had been found and was placed into the Museum at Menzies Creek. Body donated to the Puffing Billy Preservation Society. Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 7 tons Capacity 10 tons Built 1910 Number Built 1 In use - Static display

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - narrow gauge rolling stock - Powder & General Goods Van Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 Puffing Billy Locomotives and Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

NH1 To carry 10 tons

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

Historical information

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

Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years - Locomotive Head Board

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years Circular steel sheet with vinyl stickers.

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Locomotive Head Board - Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used in the Celebration of Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years EMERALD TOURIST RAILWAY BOARD 1st October 1977 - 1st October 2017 Today marks the 40th anniversary of when the Emerald Tourist Railway Board took over the ownership of Puffing Billy from the Victorian Railways. Since then Puffing Billy has gone from strength to strength with the last few years seeing a huge increase in passenger numbers. A major investment over the next ten years will see a number of infrastructure projects being completed. A new (restored) locomotive and extra carriages will come into play and hopefully soon, the reopening of Puffing Billy's museum at Menzies Creek. Puffing Billy has been around since 1900. With a minor hiccup in the 1950s and the rebuilding of the railway from Belgrave from the late 1950s to the early 1960s and onwards, the preserved heritage steam railway will hopefully continue to operate for many generations to come. This photo was taken early this morning. The required loco's for the day were still being prepared and all shunting movements had been completed. The first of many passengers were just starting to arrive. Photo & Info : Robert Smith : Past 2 Present A gleaming NA locomotive 14A had the honour of hauling the first E.T.R.B. train while 7A had the last train by the Victorian Railways, both on the 1st October 1977. 7A left Belgrave at 11.10am for Lakeside and 14A left Belgrave at 2.10pm.This train also to Lakeside included the ex Mt Lyell carriage NBL1 for the conveyance of the official party. Both loco's are still operating today. Photo: John E. Thompson (NG #67)

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used in the Celebration of Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years

Inscriptions & Markings

Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years

Number Plate - 9A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Number Plate 9A made from aluminum.

Historical information

Produced for the running of locomotive 7A, dressed as 9A on the Thomson to Walhalla portion of the Moe to Walhalla narrow gauge railway in 2010. Loco: 9A In service Saturday, 8th January 1910 Scrapped Thursday, 15th April 1954 Livery Black Owner VR Gauge 762 Status Scrapped

Significance

Historic - Replica Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate - Produced for the running of locomotive 7A, dressed as 9A on the Thomson to Walhalla portion of the Moe to Walhalla narrow gauge railway in 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

9a

NKS Trolly Motor Transporting Box

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NKS Trolly Motor Transporting Box - two boxes made of timber with wrought iron fittings

Historical information

NKS Trolley Motor Transporting Box A wooden box used for transporting the engines of the Gangers trolleys between the line in use and the Workshops at Spotswood. Engines were often changed over due to mechanical failure or being required for a service. Rather than send the complete trolley in for work, the engine was removed and transported. These boxes may have arrived at a location with an engine in it, to replace the one returning to the Workshops, cutting down the time that the trolley may have been out of use.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - NKS Trolly Motor Transporting Box

Bender - Light Rail

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

Railway Mine and Plantation (RMP) 0-6-0 Diesel Mechanical Locomotive 2' Gauge - "LI'L TOOT"

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Rail Mine and Plantation (RMP) 0-6-0 Diesel Mechanical 2' Gauge - " LI'L TOOT " Builders Number 3354 Steel (Painted)

Historical information

Builders Number 3354 Build for Inkerman Mill Queensland in 1951 Displayed at the British Industrial Fair at Castle Bromwich, England 1951 prior to delivery to Australia Weight: 10 Tons Known at Inkerman mill as "LI'L TOOT" Major Ernest E. Baguley (1863–1948) was a British engineer.- In the years leading up to the First World War, Baguley served in the Territorial Army and became Second-in-Command, 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment, rising to the rank of Major. He served in France from 1914 to 1915. Baguley (Engineers) Ltd After the War there was a decline in the production of road vehicles (probably due to competition from other manufacturers) and an increase in the production of railway equipment. The name of the company was changed from Baguley Cars Ltd to Baguley (Engineers) Ltd on 10 April 1923. Following a dispute with their partners Drewry Cars. Ltd, Baguley (Engineers) Ltd went into decline and entered liquidation in 1931. Most of the plant and effects, including Major Baguley's own Baguley car, were sold at auction on 10 November 1931. E. E. Baguley Ltd Major Baguley was a great survivor of WW1 and, he set up a small repair business for Baguley products at Clarence Street, Burton-on-Trent. A new company, E. E. Baguley Ltd, was registered on 30 April 1932 and was soon building locomotives again. In 1934 E. E. Baguley Ltd moved to larger premises at Uxbridge Street, Burton-on-Trent. The company merged with Drewry to form Baguley-Drewry Ltd in 1962.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway Diesel Mechanical Locomotive - Pioneer Sugar Mills - Inkerman Sugar Mill, Home Hill, Queensland, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

RMP / 3354 "LI'L TOOT"

Sectioned Tangye Steam Operated Water Pump

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Sectioned steam pump so that the pump workings can be seen.

Historical information

Sectioned steam pump so that the pump workings can be seen. Inscriptions & Markings: Tangye Birmingham, This steam pump was presented by the colonial gas Assn Ltd (brass plaque) The Colonial Gas Association was originally formed in London on 2 February 1888, as The Australasian Gas Association Limited. The primary objective of the company was to provide investment capital to help finance the construction and management of gasworks being established by the London engineering firm John Coates & Co in metropolitan cities and regional towns throughout Australia and New Zealand. By 1890, the Australasian Gas Association had acquired gasworks at Benalla, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warragul, Maldon and Seymour, and had constructed a large gasworks at Box Hill to supply the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In 1893, the company's name was changed to the Colonial Gas Association Limited. During the 1890s, the company acquired regional gasworks in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, followed by its first gasworks in New South Wales, in 1911. In 1914, the company consolidated its metropolitan supply area by purchasing the Oakleigh and Footscray gasworks. Further expansion occurred in the 1920s with the purchase of established gasworks at Williamstown, Frankston and Dandenong and the acquisition of ten further gas undertakings in Queensland and New South Wales, making the firm the fifth largest gas producer in Australia. info from The Colonial Gas Association Limited, circa 1893 https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1553322 Originally formed by the five Tangye brothers from Cornwall as James Tangye & Brothers in 1857, this Birmingham engineering firm grew to become one of the largest suppliers of jacks, pumps, steam and oil engines, hydraulic presses, gas producers and machine tools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The successful sideways launching of I.K. Brunel's 'Great Eastern' from the mud of the Thames in 1857 using Tangyes hydraulic jacks gave the firm much needed publicity and new orders flowed in. To finance expansion, George Price provided additional capital and the company name became Tangye Brothers & Price in 1859. A new factory known as the 'Cornwall Works' was built in Clement Street, Birmingham. In 1872, the firm became Tangye Brothers and in about 1879- 1880 began production of internal combustion stationary engines based on Horace Robinson's patents, later using the Otto four-stroke design for its Soho range of gas engines. Examples of the Soho engine were exhibited by the firm at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. Petrol and oil engines were made from the 1890s onward, and by 1910 had developed into the Model B, BR and AA series engines. Tangyes supplied custom-built pumps and presses for particular applications, becoming a major exporter of engineering equipment. In 1884, Tangye Brothers opened a custom-built branch office, showroom and warehouse in Melbourne at Cornwall House in Collins Street West, advertising the full range of engineering products. These lantern slides images are taken from Tangyes product catalogues from the 1910-1925 period and are believed to have been used as sales promotional aids in Australia by the Tangye Brothers. info from https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/4670

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Operated Water Pump built by Tangye Bros and used by the Colonial Gas Company - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Tangye Birmingham, This steam pump was presented by the colonial gas Assn Ltd (brass plaque)

1NB - Saloon carriage

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1NB Passenger Rolling Stock: Saloon carriage (No. 1) - Made of Timber and steel

Historical information

1NB - (1st Series) Saloon carriage (24) Body and underframe purchased by Puffing Billy Preservation Society from Pakenham In Active Service NB There were three types:- NB Class - Number Built (1st Series) 6 - Number Built (2nd Series) 17 - Number Built (3rd Series) 4 Nos. 1-6 were Saloon cars having end platforms and a ladies toilet, and were built from 1899-1904. Nos. 7-23 were 5-compartment side loading cars, built from 1906-1915. Nos. 24-27 were the former NAB class cars mentioned previously and were also side loading, having 6 compartments and two ladies toilets. VR Service History NBB 1.VA - 4/ 2/1899 NWS Built new - circa 1910 - To NB 1.VA - *NB 1.VA - / 2/1928 - Modified AC Malco BO 21/10/1930 NWS Into Workshops - 5/12/1930 NWS Out of Workshops (46 days) 30/ 1/1951 - Scrapped

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Saloon carriage (No. 1) Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 The Puffing Billy Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

1NB

C2N Type Trolly - Former Victorian Railways Gauge 2'6"

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

C2N Type Trolly - Victorian Railways Gauge 2'6" Trolly Has a flat piece of wood that you would stand on with four metal wheels, one under each corner.

Historical information

This type of trolly is known to date from prior to 1910 and were in use before petrol engines were used to transport workmen along the railway lines. The exhibit was located at Colac in 1961, after being used on the Colac to Beech Forest and Crowes narrow gauge railway. This type of trolly was built in two versions; one for the Victorian Railways broad gauge lines, and one for the narrow gauge lines.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways narrow gauge - track work vehicle. This vehicle was used in the days before petrol engines were used to drive vehicles transporting workmen along the railway line.

Platform Kerosene Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Large Kerosene Platform Lamp made of tin, brass and glass

Historical information

Platform Lamp - Kerosene Platform Lamp Station Lamp When Made - 1900s Typical of the lights that lit a lonely railway station in the days before electricity.

Significance

Historic - Early Railway Platform Kerosene Lamp

13 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

13 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Historical information

13NBH - Excursion Car 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 : 8/12/1919 NWS Built new VR Service History *NBH 13.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 4/1928 - 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.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

13NBH

22 NBHC - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car for wheelchairs and Guard's Van

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

22 NBHC - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car - specially modified for Wheelchair access allowing it to carry wheelchairs and to have a Guard's Van compartment. made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

22 NBHC - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car - specially modified for Wheelchair access allowing it to carry for wheelchairs and Guard's Van Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Between 1979 and 1988 the Puffing Billy railway built six more NBHs, numbered 18-23. 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. 22NBH entered traffic in 1998. Currently these six steel framed NBHs (numbers 18-23) are being modified to provide double doors and space for wheel chairs at one end. The photo on the right shows the exterior of one such NBH. These have a seating capacity of 24 passengers. Oct 2009 - Rebuild continues. Aug 2016 - 22NBC Wheel flats removed Sept 2016 - 22NBC Wheel flats removed

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car 22 NBH which has been converted by the addition of a Guard's Van compartment and modified for Wheelchairs access by Puffing Billy Railway and re classed & numbered 22NBHC

Inscriptions & Markings

22NBHC

221 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

221 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy made of Steel and metal

Historical information

221 NQR - Open medium trucks with seats & canopy (28) 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. Mar 2013 - A metal roof is being fitted. July 2016 - Upholstering of the seats in progress Link to Heritage / Period Photos PBR Workshop Blog report Tuesday, November 1, 2016 NQR Revised - making them more comfortable for passengers http://puffingbillyworkshops.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/nqr-revised.html

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

221 NQR

151 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

151 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. 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 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 6 151 NQR - Open Medium Truck 24/ 9/1910 NWS Built new VR Service History *NQR 151.VA - 24/ 9/1910 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 151.VA - NQ 151.VA - circa 1965 - To NQR 151.PA (v) NQR 151.PA - / /1974 BEL Photograph #217.12: loaded firewood Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Untrafficable at Emerald has 6 NB sitting on it

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

151 NQR

Fitters Leather Tool Bag - Medium

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Leather Tool Bag - (Medium size)made of leather with copper rivets

Historical information

fitters Leather Tool Bag - Medium

Significance

fitters Leather Tool Bag

Carbon - No. 986 Couliett / No. 90 Decauville Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Small Decauville Couillet Steam locomotive. - Iron & wrought iron frames

Historical information

The locomotive was supplied new by Decauville to the Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne, for use at their gasworks in West Melbourne, where it was named Carbon suppied in 1889 (Couillet builder's number 986, Decauville serial number 90). It was named Carbon. The West Melbourne gas works sourced its coal from Maitland, New South Wales, and the coal was brought by ship to a wharf adjacent to the West Melbourne gas plant. John Benn and Carbon were used to haul the coal over a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge railway from the wharf to the gasworks, a distance of about 450 metres (500 yards). West Melbourne Gas Works No. "Carbon" Wheels: 0-4-0T Builder: Couillet Build Date: 1890 Construction No.: 986 Empty Weight: Unknown Weight on Drivers: Unknown Driver Diameter: Unknown Tractive Effort: Unknown Boiler Pressure: Unknown Cylinders: Unknown Fuel: Coal Gauge: 30 Decauville locomotives The firm Société Anonyme Decauville located at Petit Bourg, France, was founded to manufacture light railways pioneered by French farmer Paul Decauville to transport crops from the field in 1875. Decauville began designing their own locomotives in 1882, although initially manufacture was contracted out to other builders, notably the Belgian firm Hainault at Couillet Although not well known in Australia, in Europe Couillet was a significant builder of steam locomotives of many different gauges and sizes over a long period of time. The locomotive was supplied new by Decauville to the Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne, for use at their gasworks in West Melbourne, where it was named Carbon (986) . Carbon ( 986 ) The locomotive weighs approximately seven tons. It has the Couillet builder's number 986. of 1889 It was built for Decauville & Cie. of Paris, suppliers of portable and industrial railway equipment, and has their serial number of 90 of 1890. Built in 1889 for the West Melbourne site of the Metropolitan Gas Company, it is a four-wheel tank locomotive and was named “Carbon”. It was withdrawn from service in the 1930s and stored until sold privately in 1962. For a few years in the 1960s it was used on a circle of track at Walhalla, before going to the Whistle Stop Amusement Park in Frankston. Although a number of similar locomotives still exist, as far as is known Carbon is the only one still operating in its original condition.

Significance

Historic - Industrial railways - Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne Steam Locomotive

Inscriptions & Markings

Couillet builder's number 986, Decauville serial number 90

Tyers Valley Timber Bogies 2'6" gauge

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Timber Bogies - Made of Wood and steel and wrought iron

Historical information

Built by the Forests Commission of Victoria for the timber haulage on the Tyers Valley Tramway near Erica.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway - Timber working - Timber Bogies used by Forests Commission of Victoria for the timber haulage on the Tyers Valley Tramway near Erica