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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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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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3 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

3NBH - 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 : as 36 NQR converted & renumbered to 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 3 VR Service History NQR 36.VA - 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 3.VA - *NBH 3.VA - / 3/1929 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - / 5/1967 BEL Photograph #9.2: part view Puffing Billy Service History or Notes 12 Apr 1919 - Nos 1 to 6 NBH (new) delivered to UPPER FERN TREE GULLY after this date. April 2016 - Lifted

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

3NBH

216 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

216 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 6 216 NQR - Open Medium Truck 15/ 1/1914 NWS Built new VR Service History *NQR 216.VA - 15/ 1/1914 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 216.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes April 2016 - Trial fitting of brake rigging May 2016 - Riveting of the draw gear castings in progress July 2016 - Riveting of the draw gear castings in progress. Truss rods threaded ready for fitting Aug 2016 - Rivetting of the draw gear castings in progress. Draw gear and couplers being evaluated. Sept 2016 - Riveting of the draw gear castings in progress. Draw gear and couplers being overhauled. Oct 2016 - Riveting of the draw gear castings completed, brake piping installed. Nov 2016 - Floor installed, under framing welding completed, fitting of side doors, hand brake fitted Dec 2016 - Car Workshop - Side panels fitted, end panels to be fitted Jan 2017 - Couplers fitted, brake rodding connected, transferred to Emerald for bogie work and sign writing. Feb 2017 - At Emerald - Tyres machined, braking system being prepared

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

216 NQR

Station Sign - Puffing Billy Preservation Society 50th Anniversary sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Preservation Society 50th Anniversary sign Large rectangle metal sign - off white back ground with black lettering

Historical information

Puffing Billy Preservation Society 50th Anniversary sign This is the large poster board that was erected at Lakeside to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in 2005. Established in 1955, the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was formed to operate the narrow gauge trains between Upper Fern Tree Gully and Belgrave following the successful Young Sun specials. With the conversion of the Upper Fern Tree Gully to Belgrave line to broad gauge track, the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was the instigator of restoring the Puffing Billy Railway from Belgrave to Menzies Creek in 1962, Menzies Creek to Emerald in 1965 and Emerald to Lakeside in 1975 and in association with the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, Lakeside to Gembrook in 1998.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Preservation Society - Station Sign - for the 50th Anniversary of the Preservation Society

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy Preservation Society 1955 - 50th Anniversary - 2005 1900 . Line opened by Victorian Railways 1953 . Landslide - Line closed by V.R 1955 . Society established 1962 . Re-opened by Society Today still predominantly volunteer - operated

V.R Fuel Can for Trolley - Victorian Railways Fuel Can for Trolley

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

V.R Fuel Can for Trolley - Metal Fuel Tin

Historical information

V.R Fuel Can for Trolley - Victorian Railways Fuel Can for Trolley Motor Spirit Highly Inflammable Transporting Tin Container "Motor Spirit" is just another name for petrol. "K" and the "KS" Kasey Trolleys were two stroke petrol motors Operation, Care and Maintenance of Track Motors Victorian Railways, 1959 http://www.geoffsrailpix.com/Documents/Motors.pdf gives the following : Inspection motor type B, - straight petrol Inspection motor type V, - pre-mixed petrol Motorised tricycle type M.T., - pre-mixed petrol Gang motor type K.S., - pre-mixed petrol Gang motor type K - pre-mixed petrol Motor cars altered for rail uses (Wiki) Petrol Inspection Car This was a small car numbered '1' and named the Inspection Car. It was built in England in 1923, but was not found in the 1936 stocktake. Gang Motor The eight-horsepower Gang Motor held five people, and was built at Arden Street in late 1923. In 1950 the vehicle was removed from the rolling stock register and given to "Way and Works" as a track motor. Motor Car The Motor Car was put into service in mid 1925, after being fitted with rail wheels in lieu of tyres. In 1927 the car was named "Mr Molomby's Inspection Car", and allocated to Seymour. It was scrapped in 1952. Dodge Cars There were seven Dodge cars in rail service. The cars were numbered 1 to 6, with car 7 listed "No 7 Repair". The cars were built by the Dodge Company of Melbourne and assembled at Newport. Construction was in 1925 and they lasted until 1949.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - V.R Fuel Can for Trolley

Inscriptions & Markings

Motor Spirit Highly Flammable V.R 8 ?

Treadle Lathe

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Treadle Lathe made of Steel and wrought iron

Historical information

Industrial Treadle Lathe Possibly a Star Treadle Lathe

Significance

Historical - Industrial Treadle Lathe

Water Pump - Steam Powered Water Pump

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Powered Water Pump Blue with steel rods and brass valves.

Historical information

Steam Powered Water Pump in active use on George & George Boiler

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Powered Water Pump in active use on George & George Boiler

Portable Compound Engine - Marshall & Son's - Builders Number 48317

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Marshall & Son's Portable Compound Engine - Builders Number 48317 made of steel and wrought iron

Historical information

Portable Compound Engine - Marshall & Son's. Builders Number 48317 Built by Marshall Sons & Co., Ltd., Gainsborough, England (Builder’s Number 48317 of approximately 1908/1909), to the order of Robinson Brothers, Engineers, South Melbourne. It was used for operating a pump to supply irrigation water at Robinvale in Northern Victoria. Donated by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria in 1963. Robison Bros & Co. P/L was founded by James McFarlane Robison and his brothers in 1854, initially as plumbers and coppersmiths, the firm expanded into general engineering, boiler-making and brass, iron and steel founders and became Melbourne's most important engineering firm. They constructed railway bridges, gold mining equipment, railway rolling stock and locomotives, pumping stations, brewing vessels, abattoir machinery, amongst much else and including the first turnstiles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground A portable engine is an engine, either a steam engine or an internal combustion engine, that sits in one place while operating (providing power to machinery), but (unlike a stationary engine) is portable and thus can be easily moved from one work site to another. Mounted on wheels or skids, it is either towed to the work site or moves there via self-propulsion.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Portable Compound Engine - steam engine - Marshall & Son's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marshall & Son's. Builders Number 48317

20 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

20NBH - Excursion Car 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. 20NBH entered traffic on 19/12/1997 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.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car

Inscriptions & Markings

20NBH

Hand Operated Rail Saw

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Operated Rail Saw made of cast metal

Historical information

Hand Operated Rail Saw Out on the track in the old days, it was sometimes required to cut a piece of railway track. Before the use of generators and oxy cutting, the only way to do this was with a hand saw. This is the machine operated by two people, that would cut a piece of rail in half. And when the rail was cut, it was usually required to join it to another rail which required putting in 4 to 6 holes in the rail with a Hand Operated drill.

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Hand Operated Rail Saw

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

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

Train Sand Bucket

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Train Sand Bucket made of metal

Historical information

Train Sand Bucket The Train Sand Bucket was usually carried in the guards van of a train and was used to sand the rails when required to provide traction for the locomotive to haul its load up steep grades.

Significance

Historic - Railways - Train Sand Bucket

Drilling Press - Drill Press

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steel - Black and red paint

Historical information

Built by the Buffalo Forge Company in New York, USA. It is of a typical hand operated design used in workshops.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Buffalo Forge Company Drill Press No. 611

Gangers Shed Desk

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Gangers Shed Desk made of wood with wrought iron fittings

Historical information

Gangers Shed Desk A desk used in the Gang Shed for office work and other associated functions.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Permanent Way and Works - Gangers Shed Desk

12 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

12NBH - Excursion Car Built by Puffing Billy Preservation Society, Emerald - 1976. Puffing Billy Service History or Notes May 2016 - Lifted 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.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car

Inscriptions & Markings

12NBH

Funnel Bucket - Oil Bucket

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Funnel Bucket - Oil Bucket

Historical information

Funnel Bucket - Oil Bucket Funnel Bucket - Oil Bucket Used to replace oil supplies in working areas of a machine. Bucket marked “ 10 - Not for Mineraleol”

Significance

Historic - Railway Funnel Bucket - Oil Bucket

Inscriptions & Markings

10 - Not for Mineraleol

Ganger's Fire Beater

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ganger's Fire Beater made of timber handle with canvas strips attached

Historical information

Ganger's Fire Beater - Fire fighting Mop This was used to beat the flames of a fire. They were used by Gangers when burning off the trackside vegetation, to ensure the fires were kept under control.

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Ganger's Fire Fighting Mop

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - PBRS fund raiser item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - PBRS fund raiser item

Historical information

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - PBRS fund raiser item

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - PBRS Fund raiser item - Shot Glass

3A - Victorian Railways Na Class Steam Locomotive Number 3

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive - wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

3A Built in 1900 and painted 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 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

Flat Wagon - H Class Bogie Flat Wagon

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

H Class Bogie Flat Wagon made of Iron, wrought iron and steel

Historical information

This vehicle was used on the Innisfail tramway line in Northern Queensland and given the "H" Classification. It was later sold to Howard Smith Industries. The wagon has been donated to the Museum and sees use on the Museum's 2'0" gauge line.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow gauge Railways - Rolling stock - Innisfail tramway line in Northern Queensland

Rail Bender - Rail Bender - No3

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

large Rail Bender - Part of Hydraulic Rail Bender made of cast wrought iron

Historical information

Rail Bender - Part of Hydraulic Rail Bender Rail Bender – No. 3 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 tightened slowly using large spanner.

Significance

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

146 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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. 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. 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 6 146 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy VR Service History 14/ 9/1910 NWS Built new *NQR 146.VA - 14/ 9/1910 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 146.VA - NQ 146.VA - /10/1954 - Sold (to) by Stores Branch Puffing Billy Service History or Notes April 2016 - Rubber floor being fitted May 2016 - Repairs to the roof and doors

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck with seats & canopy

Inscriptions & Markings

146 NQR

11 NBHC - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car and Guard's Van

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

11 NBHC - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car and Guard's Van made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

11NBHC Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car and Guard's Van Excursion Car 11 NBH which has been converted by the addition of a Guard's Van compartment by Puffing Billy Railway and re classed & numbered 11 NBHC The NBHC is a conversion from the standard NBH. This was a temporary, but long term, conversion to overcome lack of suitable guard's vans on the Puffing Billy railway. One end of a standard NBH had windows and a hand brake fitted. A padded seat replaced the standard back to back seating, and a partition separated the guard from the passenger compartment. VR Service History *NBH 11.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 1/1929 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Body Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Height 9 feet 2 inches (2794 mm) Weight 8 tons Capacity 22 passengers Number Built 1 In use 1

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car 11 NBH which has been converted by the addition of a Guard's Van compartment by Puffing Billy Railway and re classed & numbered 11 NBHC

Inscriptions & Markings

11NBHC

Station Sign - Toilet Gentlemen sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

Station Sign - Toilet Gentlemen An obvious sign for a convenience. The use of the term Gentlemen was shortened to Men at a later time.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station Sign - Toilet Gentlemen

Inscriptions & Markings

Gentlemen

Station Porters platform Luggage Trolley - two smaller unpainted ones

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Porters platform Luggage Trolley - two smaller unpainted ones - made of wood and wrought iron

Historical information

Station Porters platform Luggage Trolley - two smaller unpainted ones

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Station Porters platform Luggage Trolley

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.

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

1 NAL - Mt. Lyell - 1st. class saloon car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1st. class saloon car made of Timber and wrought iron

Historical information

1 NAL - Mt. Lyell - (Mt. Lyell) O 5; 1 NBL - 1st. class saloon car (20) In Active Service - Belgrave Station Yard 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. The original Mt Lyell Railway passenger cars were obtained by the Puffing Billy Railway in the 1960's and were converted to 2' 6" gauge. They have 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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

1 NAL - Mt. Lyell

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

135 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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. 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. 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 6 135 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy VR Service History 29/ 7/1910 NWS Built new *NQR 135.VA - 29/ 7/1910 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 135.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Aug 2016 - Lifted Sept 2016 - Lifted

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NQR Open Medium Truck with seats & canopy

Inscriptions & Markings

135NQR

Sign - Advertising - Coxhead Tools Pullers

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Sign - Advertising - Coxhead Tools Pullers made of Enamel paint on metal

Historical information

Coxhead Tools Pullers

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Advertising Sign - Coxhead tools

Inscriptions & Markings

Tools Coxhead Pullers The Head of Quality

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

Number Plate - 12A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Number Plate 12A Brass builders plate with black background

Historical information

Number Plate 12A Loco: 12A In service Monday, 23rd December 1912 Livery Black with Red Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 Status Under Overhaul 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.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 12A

Inscriptions & Markings

12A

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - PBRS fund raiser item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - PBRS fund raiser item made of Ceramic - glazed pink with gold writing and design

Historical information

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - PBRS fund raiser item

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - PBRS Fund raiser item - Coffee Mug

Inscriptions & Markings

100 Years

Locomotive Head Board - 50th Anniversary of the reopening to Menzies Creek from Belgrave July 28th 1962 - 2012

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - 50th Anniversary of the reopening to Menzies Creek from Belgrave July 28th 1962 - 2012 Tin sign with blue and burgundy vinyl.

Historical information

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board - used in the Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the re-opening of Puffing Billy between Belgrave & Menzies Creek held on Saturday 28th July 2012

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board - used in the Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the re-opening of Puffing Billy between Belgrave & Menzies Creek held on Saturday 28th July 2012

Inscriptions & Markings

50th Anniversary of reopening July 28th 1962 - 2012 Belgrave - Menzies Creek

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 - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Fielder Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Fielder

4 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

4NBH - Excursion Car (28) 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 : as 38 NQR converted & renumbered to 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 4. VR Service History NQR 38.VA - 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 4.VA - *NBH 4.VA - / 5/1928 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes 12 Apr 1919 - Nos 1 to 6 NBH (new) delivered to UPPER FERN TREE GULLY after this date.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

4NBH

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

Historical information

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

Crank Handle for Saw Bench

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Crank Handle for Saw Bench made of cast metal - wrought iron - painted red

Historical information

Crank Handle for Saw Bench

Significance

Historic - Crank Handle for Saw Bench

Inscriptions & Markings

4N153

C2N Type Trolley - Victorian Railways Gauge 2'6" Trolley

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

This type of trolley 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 trolley 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.

221 NQR - Open medium trucks 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

9 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

9NBH - 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 9.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 6/1928 - 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. Aug 2016 - Tread plates replaced Sept 2016 - Tread plates replaced

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

9NBH

Trolley - Platform Trolley

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Platform Trolley made of Wood and Steel and wrought iron

Historical information

Used on the railway platforms to transform luggage and small goods items between the trains that arrived at the station and the parcels office on the platform. They were often seen on railway platforms with suitcases, chicken boxes and other small boxes.

Significance

Historic - railway platform typical of those used on station platforms

1 NBH - Excursion Car (28)

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Historical information

1NBH - Excursion Car (28) Built by Puffing Billy Preservation Society, Emerald in 1976. Puffing Billy Service History or Notes April 2016 - Being repainted, the new bogie to be fitted for trials

Inscriptions & Markings

1NBH

Victorian railways leather soled shoes

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Victorian railways leather soled shoes made of Leather

Historical information

Victorian railways leather soled shoes used by Workers Doing Work On The Overhead Electrical cables and HV boxes "slippers" were provided just inside explosives vans. To stop metal protectors on shoes scraping across metal floor and possibly causing a spark and a explosion . info from Syd Coles : on Explosives Slippers Beaufort station used to get a explosive wagon with drums of gelignite regularly slipper type shoes were in a little box built into the inside wall of the wagon....A Special powdervan key was sent from H/OFFICE as a VALUE which each person handling it had to sign for it.....It would arrive on the early down Passenger Train ex Melbourne...then the "P" wagon was unloaded....Prior to the wagon leaving a Railway Internal telegram was sent to the SM @Beaufort giving the wagon number...consignee (owners of dynamite) contents and the KEY number which would be sent....When all unloaded the KEY sent back as a VALUE...a Internal telegram sent as to KEY number and train it was despatched on....fair bit of security.but couldn't afford to lose a KEY as they fitted all the LOCKS used on the EXPLOSIVE "P" wagons whatever Stations they went to.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - leather soled shoes

Inscriptions & Markings

VR & arrow symbol

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

3 NUU - Louvred Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Wooden Louvered Van - Made of Timber on a Wrought iron frame

Historical information

Van 3 NUU - Louvred Truck (11) VR Service History 3/12/1900 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 7 tons Capacity 10 tons Built 1898 - 1911 Number Built 14 In use 5 To be restored None *NUU 3.VA - 3/12/1900 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NU 3.VA - NU 3.VA - circa 1926 - Modified AC Malco 1/10/1977 - Off Register To ETRB Sec76/3630 RS77/4223 NUU The standard louvre van design for the Victorian narrow-gauge lines, the NUU vehicles were constructed in three batches; the first seven from 1899 to 1901, an eighth in 1906 and the last six in 1911, for a total class of fourteen. They looked very similar to the U vans of the Broad Gauge, although two photographs[1][2] of NUU 1 show that its body may have been white for some time. NU In 1926 the class was relettered to simply NU, with no changes to numbers. NU 4 was scrapped in 1938, but otherwise the class remained intact until 1954, when seven members (2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12) were sold to Coulston & Hyder, who dispersed the wagons among locations on the Wangarrata to Whitfield line. As of 1996, vans 7 and 12 were at Moyhu, while van 11 was destroyed by fire in 1978. Wagons 6 and 1 were scrapped in 1957 and 1958 respectively, while in 1954 van 13 was recorded as being sold to the Puffing Billy Preservation Society. In 1977, the remaining vans 3, 10 and 14 were handed over to the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, and removed from Victorian Railways records. The Puffing Billy Railway now posesses vans 3, 8, 10, 13 and 14.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Rolling Stock - Louvered Van

Inscriptions & Markings

3 NUU

14NB - 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

Historical information

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 -

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

Gap Bed Lathe

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Gap Bed Lathe - Grey with raw steel parts and a timber cupboard with gears and tools.

Historical information

Possibly ex Victorian Railways Newport workshops Supplied by Bevan & Edwards Machinery Merchants, Melbourne Sebastian Lathes Described by its makers as the Utility School, Garage and Repair-shop Lathe, the machine immediately below, a Sebastian 15" (circa 1910 - 1926) was the Company's cheapest offering and, in its basic form, lacked a compound slide rest, the tailstock did not set over for taper turning and the bed lacked a gap. However, a friction-type countershaft unit was included in the price as well as a tool post, faceplate, drive plate, changewheels for screwcutting and a small tool kit. As with modern cars (especially BMW) everything worthwhile was on the options' list and by spending more it was possible to specify all those small but important extras. Although in its lowest-cost form this model was reduced to the fundamentals required for a useable, screwcutting centre (engine) lathe it was still reasonably specified and would certainly have fulfilled many requirements when installed in a school or training workshop. The true swing was 15.25", it was properly backgeared and screwcutting was through a conventional tumble-reverse mechanism that allowed both left and right-hand powered movement to the carriage by altering the position of just one lever. As standard it accepted 40" between centres, but any capacity could be ordered, in foot intervals, up to a maximum of 88" - when it is hoped that a central bed support might have been included …… The spindle, which ran in white-metal bearings, had a useful 15/8" hole and a No. 3 Morse taper centre. Some models appear to have had the leadscrew clasp-nut lever on the right-hand side of the apron, while on others it was positioned to the left.. Early Sebastian 13-inch lathe Typical of the Centre or "Engine" lathe made by many manufacturers from the late 1800s until the late 1930s, the basic flat-belt drive Sebastian, with separate countershaft, was eventually relegated to the economy end of the Company's range by the introduction of geared headstocks and self-contained motor-drive systems.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Machinery - Gap Bed Lathe - Possibly ex Victorian Railways Newport workshops - Purchased and supplied from Bevan & Edwards

Inscriptions & Markings

Bevan & Edwards PTY,LTD Machinery Merchants Melbourne (possible government tag) 365

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 )