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Puffing Billy Railway Menzies Creek, Victoria

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

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

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

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Rail Bender No. 3

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

9 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

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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

Puffing Billy Preservation Society 50th Anniversary Station 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

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.

3 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car made of steel 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

13 NUU - Louvred Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

Van 13 NUU - Louvred Truck (11) Untrafficable - Menzies Creek Station Yard VR Service History 15/ 7/1911 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 13.VA - 15/ 7/1911 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NU 13.VA - NU 13.VA - / 6/1926 - Modified AC Malco /10/1954 CKT Sold (to) by Stores Branch to P.B.P.S. Purchased by Puffing Billy Preservation Society from Cockatoo for 20 pounds ($40.00). First complete railway truck owned by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society. Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

13 NU

End Opening Wagon

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

End opening Wagon Gauge: 17 inch (430mm)

Significance

Historic - industrial Narrow gauge Railway

Whitfield Station Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Whitfield large black wooden sign with white lettering

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Whitfield Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Whitfield

7A Number Plate

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Number Plate 7A Fabricated steel number board made by the Victorian Railways for locomotive 7A

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 7A Loco: 7A In service Saturday, 6th May 1905 Livery Maroon Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 Status Preserved - Operational 7A Built in 1905 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Wangaratta to Whitfield line and saw service on all four lines with most of its service on the Upper Fern Tree Gully to Gembrook line. It was temporarily withdrawn from service in 1958 and returned to service at Belgrave in 1962 for the reopening of this line where it has seen almost continuous service since. 1979 saw the early two-tone green colour scheme applied to this loco as a trial even though it never historically carried it, but its physical configuration was not altered accordingly. It is now painted its original livery of Canadian Pacific red & dark brown and will eventually be returned, as far a possible, to its original condition with a low bunker, narrow ash-chute, etc.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 7A

Inscriptions & Markings

7a

Drag Saw - New Record

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

New Record Drag Saw made of steel

Historical information

New Record Drag Saw circa 1920's a petrol driven cross saw. It was mainly used cross cutting felled logs The Land on which the Menzies Creek railway station and Museum are built on was once apart of James Hermon's & his son William Hermon's property on which this New Record Drag Saw was used. reference : Jinkers and Whims: A Pictorial History of Timber-Getting By Jack Bradshaw

Significance

Historic - Industrial Timber working petrol driven cross saw - Drag Saw

Inscriptions & Markings

New Record

Platform Luggage Trolley - Station Porters - 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

Gembrook Restoration Oil Lantern - PBPS fund raising item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Gembrook Restoration Oil Lantern - Puffing Billy Preservation Society fund raiser item Made of Pottery and metal and glass

Historical information

Gembrook Restoration Oil Lantern - PBRS fund raiser item Gembrook Restoration Puffing Billy Railway Sunset Ceramics Australia on the base

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Puffing Billy Preservation Society Fund raising item - Gembrook Restoration Oil Lantern

Inscriptions & Markings

Gembrook Restoration Puffing Billy Railway Sunset Ceramics Australia on the base

Lathe - Gap Bed

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

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.

Steam Locomotive - Orenstein & Koppel 0-6-0 Well Tank 2'6" Gauge

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive - Steel (Painted)

Historical information

Sub Nigel Gold Mines No. 3 Wheels: 0-6-0 WT Builder: Orenstein & Koppel Build Date: June 1931 Construction No.: 12331 Empty Weight: 10 tons 7 cwt Weight in working order: 12 I/2 tons Driver Diameter: Unknown Tractive Effort: Unknown Boiler Pressure: 185 lbs Cylinders: Unknown Fuel: Coal Gauge: 2 ft 6 in (760mm) Builders Number 12331 Used to haul gold bearing ore from mine to reduction works at the Sub Nigel Mine at Dunnattar, Transvaal, South Africa. It was the first locomotive fitted by roller bearings by SKF and featured in the SKF catalogue at the time. This interesting 0-6-0WT locomotive was built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1931 as their builder's number 12331, becoming No.3 in the locomotive fleet at the Sub Nigel Gold Mines Ltd, South Africa. No.3 was obtained by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and imported to Australia in the early 1970s. It arrived at the museum on 30th Jan 1973. It has since been displayed at the Puffing Billy Museum, Menzies Creek. Details from http://www.australiansteam.com/ok12331.htm Donated by Gold Fields Property Co. Ltd South Africa in 1973.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge railway - Steam Locomotive with SKF Roller bearings - used at the Sub Nigel Mine at Dunnattar, Transvaal, South Africa.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Sub Nigel Ltd / 12331

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

Historical information

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

5A Number Plate

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Victorian Railways produced 5a number plate. made of cast iron

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 5A Loco: 5A In service Saturday, 23rd March 1901 Scrapped Monday, 7th July 1958 Livery Black Owner VR Gauge 762 Status Scrapped Service History : Mar 1901 Colac - initial allocation of a new locomotive Mar 1901 - Feb 1902 Colac Dec 1902 - Oct 1908 UFTG. Nov 1908 - Oct 1912 Colac Nov 1912 - May 1913 Other Jun 1913 - Jun 1915 UFTG. Sep 1915 - Sep 1920 Moe Oct 1920 - Nov 1921 UFTG. Mar 1922 - Jan 1927 Colac Mar 1927 - Aug 1927 Moe Oct 1927 - Jan 1928 UFTG. Feb 1928 - Dec 1934 Colac Jan 1935 - Mar 1935 Moe Apr 1935 - Sep 1942 Colac Mar 1943 - Mar 1949 Moe Apr 1949 - Nov 1957 Colac Dec 1957 Colac - Stored. Feb 1958 - Jul 1958 Workshops - Scrapped

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 5A

Inscriptions & Markings

5a

Emerald Station Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Emerald Metal rectangle Station Name Sign with white enamel back ground and black letters

Historical information

Station Sign - Emerald Emerald Station is situated on the Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria, Australia. It was opened with the Railway on 18 December 1900 and comprised a platform track and a loop siding. A passing loop was added between the two a few years later. There was also a spur siding off the Down end of No. 3 Road. Two standard 12 ft by 20 ft timber portable station buildings with a Van Goods Shed between (all adjoining) were provided on the platform and a Goods Shed on the No. 3 Road loop siding. Other buildings included Tea Rooms, lamp room and toilets along with a cattle race and loading bank. The station building was later reduced in length by one of the portables which housed the General and Ladies' waiting rooms. Emerald today remains very similar to the early days, but has had other Roads added into a Carriage Workshops, a turntable and storage sidings. Also, a Signal and Telegraph Branch depot in the form of a large Goods Shed and a multi-purpose yard building in the form of a Locomotive Depot administration building have been added. During 2009, the station building underwent stage one of an internal restoration to its former glory. ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_railway_station,_Victoria photos at http://www.vicrailstations.com/Gembrook/Emerald/Emerald.html

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Emerald Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Emerald

Slasher? - Grass

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Grass Slasher made of wrought iron with wooden handle

Historical information

Grass Slasher In the days before motorised whipper snippers, these hand held manual grass slashers were used to clear long grass.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Grass Slasher

91 NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

91 NQR narrow gauge Open Medium Truck with drop ends made of Steel and metal

Historical information

The NQRs were the standard Medium open goods wagon. Generally the sides and ends were removable thus providing a totally flat truck. Three long drop-down doors formed the sides thus allowing easy loading and unloading. 218 of these goods vehicles were built between 1898 and 1914 ? numbered 1 - 218​. Originally, these wagons carried the code letter R​ as they were built with sides and ends. They later had the R removed. Unlike the Broad Gauge, VR's 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge network never had four-wheeled wagons (aside from a handful of trolleys). Because of this, a single design of open wagon emerged and this was the only type of wagon ever used on these lines. This was the NQR class, a wagon with the same length and loading capacity as a Broad Gauge four-wheeled open wagon to make transferring freight between the gauges easier. The wagons, numbered 1 through 218, were built between 1898 and 1914. The wagons used the same underframe as most other non-locomotives on the VR Narrow Gauge. Letters and numbers were originally painted only on the end bulkheads and doors, both of which could be removed as traffic dictated, and this made wagon identification difficult until the decals were transferred to the underframes of each wagon In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel frameworks with canvas roof canopies and side curtains, and internal seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy has re-created these for emergency capacity. Five more NQRs, numbered 219-223​, were built between 1990 and 1992 initially for passenger use so were fitted with the removable frames In the 1960s the Puffing Billy Railway added grids in the floor of some to enable them to be used to drop ballast on the track where needed. Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 91 NQR - Open Medium Truck VR Service History 15/ 2/1907 NWS Built new Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 *NQR 91.VA - 15/ 2/1907 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 91.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes April 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR May 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR July 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR Aug 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR Sept 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR Oct 2016 - New Bogie has been assembled and awaits testing under 91NQR Nov 2016 - New Fox bogie Under 91NQR - Flats Link to Heritage / Period Photos PBR Workshop Blog Report Friday, May 20, 2016 Bogie in Brief - on NQR 91 http://puffingbillyworkshops.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/bogie-in-brief.html

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

91 NQR

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

NKS Type Trolly - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly - NKS 8

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Motorised small rectangular trolly made of wood and wrought iron Engine Type: 1 Cyl. reversible Fuel: 2 stroke Transmission: Belt drive

Historical information

NKS Type Gangers Trolly - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly - a KS series Section Car oftern called the Kasey Jones The narrow gauge version of the broad gauge KS series cars. They were classed NKS with two stroke motors. These cars were built by the Spotswood Workshops, with castings coming from the Newport Workshops. KS is lighter car capable of carrying 4 men or sevenhundredweight

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Track Patrol Vehicle used by Puffing Billy Preservation Society

Inscriptions & Markings

NKS 8

Weir Pump ( no. 2 ) - Vertical ( no. 2 )

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Weir Vertical Pump ( no. 2 ) - Steel vertical pump

Historical information

Weir Vertical Pump Weir Pumps - these types of vertical pumps were used extensively with both land and marine steam pumps. The pumps were also used for various duties from pumping oil fuel and feed water for boilers, to draining bilges on steam ship[s single cylinder, double acting vertical pumps used by G. & J. Weir Ltd. , of Cathcart, Glasgow .

Inscriptions & Markings

Weir

13 NMM -

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

13 NMM Livestock Van - Cattle Truck made of wrought iron and timber

Historical information

13 NMM ( 13 NM ) Livestock Van - Cattle Truck In traffic NMM CATTLE TRUCK. Four of these were built during 1899-1901 and eleven more were built during 1909 and 1917, a total of 15. They were numbered 1-15. VR Service History : NMM 13.VA - 5/ 6/1917 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NM 13.VA - *NM 13.VA - / 8/1928 - Modified AC Malco Purchased by Puffing Billy Preservation Society. Sec 65/2711. RS 65/6012. "An NM (13) and pulpwood wagon .... for displayat Museum.....scrap value to be charged direct to the PBPS." 19/ 4/1967 BEL Sold (to) Puffing Billy Preservation Society

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - Livestock Van - Cattle Truck Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 - The Puffing Billy Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

13 NMM

Wheelbarrow - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brickworks

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Wheelbarrow - Timber frame with Iron bracing and wheel.

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Narrow Gauge Industrial Brickworks Equipment - Victoria, Australia

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

Leather belt splicer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Leather belt splicer - Leather splicer made of Timber base with a steel wedge and leather lead in

Historical information

Leather Splitter Used for splicing leather drive belts

Significance

Historic - Leather working Equipment - Leather Splitter

Red Trolly - BN Class Trolly

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

7A Number Plate

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

7A

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