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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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Aveling & Porter 11629 - South Melbourne City Council Aveling & Porter 10 ton Steam Roller

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Aveling & Porter 10 ton Steam Roller made of Iron, Wrought Iron

Historical information

Built by Aveling & Porter Ltd., Rochester, Kent, England Builder’s Number 11629 of 1923 Weight 10 Tons Used by the South Melbourne Council in road construction between 1926 and 1963 Aveling and Porter was a British agricultural engine and steam roller manufacturer. Thomas Aveling and Richard Thomas Porter entered into partnership in 1862, developed a steam engine three years later in 1865. The company became the largest manufacturer of steam rollers in the world. Service History : Title: City Surveyor's report Creator: Johnson, A.L Publisher: Prahran City Council Date: 1921 .... The 10-ton steam roller worked 302 days, the Aveling and Porter 12½-ton roller worked 211 days while the Garrett steam wagon continues to carry tar and road materials. city of prahran annual reports 1912-1913 http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/history/city-of-prahran-annual-reports-1912-1913.pdf

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Roller - Road Construction, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Builders Number 11629 Aveling & Porter

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

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

Sign - Advertising - Pure Velvet Soap Enamel Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Tin sign with white, yellow, red and blue enamel.

Historical information

Velvet Soap was a widely used laundry bar soap launched in 1906, produced by J. Kitchen & Sons, owned by John Ambrose Kitchen (1835 - 1922). Kitchen was born in Britain and emigrated to Victoria in 1854. After a less than successful period at the Caledonian and Blackwood diggings, Kitchen returned to Melbourne and joined his father and brothers in establishing a tallow candle making works. Through merger and expansion the company became the pre-eminent manufacturer of soap and candles in the eastern colonies in the mid to late 19th century. Kitchen also speculated in a number of enterprises but suffered financial setbacks as a result of the 1890s bank crashes. Despite this, the company continued to grow in the early twentieth century with the introduction of products such as Velvet Soap and Solvol. The company merged with the British company Lever Bros in 1914 who eventually took full control of the company in 1924, becoming Lever and Kitchen. Advertising for Velvet Soap in Australia was extensive and pervasive. All manner of surfaces were used to advertise the product such as building walls, roofs, and most commonly, enamelled sheet metal signs which were fastened to any available surface internally and externally. The most common form of sign that Velvet Soap used was the words 'PURE VELVET SOAP' in white lettering within a vivid dark blue, elongated Maltese cross. On the enamelled metal signs the Maltese cross sat on a red background with a yellow border. While this was the dominant form for Velvet Soap signs, there were variations from the standard. The Velvet Soap sign is of historical significance as a representative of painted signs that were once a common form of advertising during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. - : http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/14447#sthash.Vb6KAUWl.dpuf

Significance

Historic - Advertising Sign - Velvet Soap

Inscriptions & Markings

Pure velvet soap.

Railway Sign - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Railway Sign - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign metal star shaped enamel sign with Black dot in centre

Historical information

Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign This ‘star’ sign signified that beyond this object there was no further powered overhead to operate on the Melbourne suburban rail network.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Black Dot

Munro Engineers Pty Ltd, Handilift Stacker & Loader

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Munro Engineers Pty Ltd, Handilift Stacker & Loader made of steel and wood and wrought iron

Historical information

Munro Engineers Pty Ltd, Handilift Stacker & Loader' 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 Munro Handilift Stacker & Loader was used.

Significance

Historic -Industrial Tool - Handilift Stacker & Loader - used on Jame's Hermon's property on which the Menzies Creek Railway is built on

Inscriptions & Markings

Munro Engineers Pty ( symbol map of Australia ) Ltd, Ballarat Vic. On side - No. 3147 On wheel - no, 2052

Salt Truck No12 - Cheetham Salt Hopper Trucks

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

two Cheetham Salt Hopper Truck s Gauge 2'0" Made from Wood & Steel

Historical information

Trucks of this type were built to carry salt from the saltpans of the Cheetham Salt Company works at Laverton, Moolap and Geelong. Made from wood and steel, it was found that the wood would not erode as much as steel from the salt and this is the reason these vehicles have metal on the exterior of the wagon. The Museums' two hopper trucks, are numbered "1" & "2", were passed onto the Belmont Common Railway, Geelong (now the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, Queenscliff) and were donated by them to the Museum in 1978.

Significance

Historic - Industrial narrow Gauge railway - Cheetham Salt Company at Laverton, Moolap and Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 12 on metal frame of one of the Cheetham Salt Hopper trucks ( frame only one )

Locomotive Boiler 6A - Former Puffing Billy Locomotive Boiler 6A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Former Puffing Billy Locomotive Boiler 6A - front tube plate missing Made of iron , wrought iron , metal;

Historical information

Former Puffing Billy Locomotive Boiler 8A - front tube plate missing

Significance

Historic - Former Puffing Billy Locomotive Boiler 8A - front tube plate missing

Tri Colour - Guards Hand Lamp - Harvey, Shaw & Drake 1913 Tri Colour, Guards Hand Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Tri Colour Harvey, Shaw & Drake 1913 guards hand lamp Made of Metal , brass and glass

Historical information

Guards Hand Lamp - Tri Colour Harvey, Shaw & Drake 1913 Gills Alley is located between Queen and Elizabeth streets, extending north to a dead-end from Little Collins Street. In 1895, Gills Alley extended through from Little Collins Street to Bourke Street. The Saracen's Head Hotel was located on the corner of Gills Alley and Bourke Street. By 1920, however, the north end of the lane had been closed off, leaving the sole entrance to the lane on Little Collins Street. Gills Alley was at this time the location of several warehouses, showrooms and factories belonging to the Harvey, Shaw and Drake Company.

Significance

Guards Hand Lamp - Tri Colour Harvey, Shaw & Drake 1913 used by the victorian railways

Inscriptions & Markings

Tri Colour Harvey, Shaw & Drake 1913

21 NQR - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car with seats made of Steel and metal

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

21 NQR - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car with seats made of Steel and metal

Historical information

The NQRs were the standard Medium open goods wagon. Generally the sides and ends were removable thus providing a totally flat truck. Three long drop-down doors formed the sides thus allowing easy loading and unloading. 218 of these goods vehicles were built between 1898 and 1914 ? numbered 1 - 218​. Originally, these wagons carried the code letter R​ as they were built with sides and ends. Unlike the Broad Gauge, VR's 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge network never had four-wheeled wagons (aside from a handful of trolleys). Because of this, a single design of open wagon emerged and this was the only type of wagon ever used on these lines. This was the NQR class, a wagon with the same length and loading capacity as a Broad Gauge four-wheeled open wagon to make transferring freight between the gauges easier. The wagons, numbered 1 through 218, were built between 1898 and 1914. The wagons used the same underframe as most other non-locomotives on the VR Narrow Gauge. Letters and numbers were originally painted only on the end bulkheads and doors, both of which could be removed as traffic dictated, and this made wagon identification difficult until the decals were transferred to the underframes of each wagon In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel frameworks with canvas roof canopies and side curtains, and internal seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy has re-created these for emergency capacity. Five more NQRs, numbered 219-223​, were built between 1990 and 1992 initially for passenger use so were fitted with the removable frames Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 21 NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends VR Service History 26/11/1898 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 21.VA - 26/11/1898 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 21.VA - NQ 21.VA - 17/ 9/1936 NWS Into Workshops - 29/ 4/1937 NWS Out of Workshops (50 days) Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - Open medium truck with seats (No. 21)

Inscriptions & Markings

21 NQR

Railway Ticket Dater

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Railway Ticket Dater made of Steel and black inked ribbon

Historical information

Railway Ticket Dater Edmundson Ticket Dater, made in Britain. Complete with type. Circa 1920 THE TICKET DATING PRESS At the heart of the booking office is the ticket dating press. This is used to print or impress the date on the ticket so validating it for use. These machines were developed by the Edmondson Company in the 19th century and Waterlow also produced similar machines. Even the smallest station had one and larger stations often had dozens. The most common variety in the UK printed the date on the ticket by using printers' type and an inked ribbon. Another variety impressed the date of the ticket with special sharp type. This was specially useful in hot climates where the ink dried out very quickly and also had the advantage of avoiding the use of the ribbon and the need to re-wind and re-ink it.

Significance

Historic - Railways - Ticket Dater

D.C.E. 1916

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

D.C.E. 1916 - made of wood with metal fittings - function unknown

Historical information

D.C.E. 1916 - made of wood with metal fittings - function unknown

Significance

Historic - old equipment - function unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

D.C.E. 1916 E

Light Rail Bender

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Light Rail Bender made out of cast wrought iron

Historical information

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

Significance

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

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

Number Plate - 7A

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

7 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

7NBH

Whitfield Trolley Trailer - Whitfield Trolley Trailer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Trolley Trailer Made of metal - frames and wheels only

Historical information

Built by the Victorian Railways it was originally used on the postal motor service on the Wangaratta to Whitfield narrow gauge line, for the cartage of small goods. it was part of the consist that operated the last service on that line in 1953. In 1960, it was purchased from the Victorian Railways, restored and taken to Belgrave to assist in the restoration of the Puffing Billy Railway. In the mid 1960's it was classified "NGA 1". In the 1970's, it was withdrawn from regular use and dismantled.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways narrow gauge - trolley tralier Wangaratta to Whitfield narrow gauge line

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

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. 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

Metal Pulley and Rope

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Metal Pulley and Rope

Historical information

Metal Pully and Rope When heavy items were required to be moved a rope and pulley set was very handy. By attaching one end of the set to a solid surface, it was possible to lift items. In the bush, the timber workers made good use of the pulleys. When set up in a sequence, they could move logs across gullys, up and down hills as the chopped down trees made their way to a sawmill. Using animal or mechanical power increased the use of the pulley and rope.

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Metal Pulley and Rope

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 This was used to beat the flames of a fire. They were used by track Gangers when burning off the trackside vegetation, to ensure the fires were kept under control. the canvis was dampened with water before use

Significance

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

Plate - Victorian Railways Saucer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ceramic Victorian Railways Saucer Plate - Red & White

Historical information

Victorian Railways Saucer Plate - Red & White Supplier to Victorian railways : Loftus Moran, Melbourne: Mr Loftus Henry Moran was well known in the tea trade. Originally employed by Griffiths Bros Ltd, he started his own business, Loftus Moran Pty Ltd, in 1909 In 1913 he purchased the tea business of McIntyre Bros, and later, that of Steele Bros, and absorbed them in his own company. He had a wide business connection among hotels and guest houses for supplying crockery and other supplies. Ref: DEATH OF MR LOFTUS MORAN (1944, May 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11809686 1st Advertisement of the Plates in the papers: CHIPPED CROCKERY. Nothing is more objectionable than chipped crockery--besides its use is illegal. DURALINE Plates, manufactured by The Grindley Hotel Ware Co., are tough as raw-hide. This is why they are used by practically every hotel and institution in Australia. Obtainable only from LOFTUS MORAN PTY. LTD., Hotel Supply Specialists, 131 Queen's Bridge Street, Melbourne South Advertising (29 March 1933, ). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. ), p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4726734

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Refreashment Services crockery - plate

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Railways ( in Red on fount of plate ) "DURALINE" ( in Black on back of plate ) super Vitrified GRINDLEY HotelWare Co England Loftus Moran Pty Ld Melbourne 5 -54

5NC - Brake Van (4 ton capacity)

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Brake Van (4 ton capacity) made of Timber and wrought iron

Historical information

NC Van The NC guard's vans were originally classed NDD. In the 1910 reclassification they were classified NC. Apart from the windows and height they were externally the same as the NBC vans. Inside there were benches along both side walls. One end was equipped with a small guard's compartment. This had two corner seats, two desks with ticket selling windows and a letter rack. A novel feature was a folding dog cage under one of the benches. Six NC Brake Van / Guards Vans were built by Victorian Railways 1 NC was built in 1909 as NDD and reclassed 1NC in 1910. 2 NC was built and placed into service Nov 1912 3 NC , 4 NC and 5 NC were built and placed into service June / July 1914 6 NC was Built and placed into service in 1919 1 NC, 4 NC and 6 NC were all scrapped by Victorian Railways between 1954 and 1957 Van 5NC - Brake Van (4 ton capacity) In Active Service - Belgrave Station Yard VR Service History: 5 NC *NC 5.VA - 31/ 7/1914 NWS Built new - / 6/1926 - Modified AC Malco 16/11/1932 NWS Into Workshops - 9/12/1932 NWS Out of Workshops (24 days) 23/10/1935 NWS Into Workshops - 19/11/1935 NWS Out of Workshops (28 days) 10/ 8/1939 NWS Into Workshops - 8/ 9/1939 NWS Out of Workshops (30 days) 2/ 6/1944 NWS Into Workshops - 25/ 8/1944 NWS Out of Workshops (85 days) 21/ 4/1949 NWS Into Workshops - 14/10/1949 NWS Out of Workshops (178 days) Dec 2016 - Puffing Billy Register of Rolling Stock NC 5 Brake Van (4 ton capacity) - In traffic

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

5NC

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

Puffing Billy Centenary Port - 100 Years - PBPS Fund raiser item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Centenary Port - 100 Years - PBRS Fund raiser item Green Glass Bottle Yellow painted on Writing and logo Cork with black plastic top

Historical information

Puffing Billy Centenary Port - 100 Years - PBPS Fund raiser item Puffing Billy Centenary Port Puffing Billy 18 December 1900 - 18 December 2000 - 100 Years - This special bottling of fine port commemorates the Centenary of the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook railway , home of Australia's world famous Puffing Billy 750 ml

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - PBRS Fund raiser item - Centenary Port - 100 Years

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy Centenary Port Puffing Billy 18 December 1900 - 18 December 2000 - 100 Years - This special bottling of fine port commemorates the Centenary of the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook railway , home of Australia's world famous Puffing Billy 750 ml

Traction Engine - Foden Compound

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Foden Compound Traction Engine - made of Steel (Painted)

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Traction Engine

Inscriptions & Markings

Foden

125 NQR - Open Medium Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

125 NQR - Open Medium Truck made of Steel and metal

Historical information

The NQRs were the standard Medium open goods wagon. Generally the sides and ends were removable thus providing a totally flat truck. Three long drop-down doors formed the sides thus allowing easy loading and unloading. 218 of these goods vehicles were built between 1898 and 1914 ? numbered 1 - 218​. Originally, these wagons carried the code letter R​ as they were built with sides and ends. Unlike the Broad Gauge, VR's 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge network never had four-wheeled wagons (aside from a handful of trolleys). Because of this, a single design of open wagon emerged and this was the only type of wagon ever used on these lines. This was the NQR class, a wagon with the same length and loading capacity as a Broad Gauge four-wheeled open wagon to make transferring freight between the gauges easier. The wagons, numbered 1 through 218, were built between 1898 and 1914. The wagons used the same underframe as most other non-locomotives on the VR Narrow Gauge. Letters and numbers were originally painted only on the end bulkheads and doors, both of which could be removed as traffic dictated, and this made wagon identification difficult until the decals were transferred to the underframes of each wagon In the 1910s some NQRs were provided with removable wood and steel frameworks with canvas roof canopies and side curtains, and internal seating to supplement the rest of the passenger stock during busy holiday periods. Puffing Billy has re-created these for emergency capacity. Five more NQRs, numbered 219-223​, were built between 1990 and 1992 initially for passenger use so were fitted with the removable frames Vehicle Length 25 feet 2 inches ( 7671 mm) Coupled Length 27 feet 4 inches (8330 mm) Width 6 feet 3 inches (1905 mm) Weight 5 tons Capacity 11 tons Built 1898 - 1915 (1992) Number Built 218 (223) In use 14 To be restored 6 125 NQR - Open Medium Truck 20/ 5/1910 NWS Built new VR Service History *NQR 125.VA - 20/ 5/1910 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 125.VA - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Untrafficable at Emerald

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

125 NQR

Climax Loco - Original Headlight

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Original Climax Loco Headlight Lamp made of metal

Historical information

Original Climax Loco Headlight Lamp made by the Star Lamp company THE HISTORY OF STAR HEADLIGHT & LANTERN COMPANY 1889: On April 20 of 1889, "Star Headlight Company" formed. The company is located on Allen Street in the city of Rochester, New York. There were five original investors. The original founders were Elias C. Glazier, George L. Estes, Allen D. Close, James H. Crouch and George S. Riley. 1914: Name of company changes to "Star Head Light & Lantern Company." 1915: Star Head Light & Lantern Company catalog now lists more than 100 versions lamps and lanterns.

Significance

Historic - Industrial railway - Forests Commission of Victoria, Timber Logging Climax Locomotive Headlight Lamp

Oil Engine - Blackstones Oil Engine

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Blackstone 8HP Oil Engine made from steel, wrought iron and brass

Historical information

8HP Blackstone Lamps Start Oil Engine engine number 71076 Engine Details Maximum operating RPM of 240. Fitted with a 3'9" Flywheel Tested on the 6th of November 1908. Shipped to Cluter buck South Australia for installation on concrete base. Recovered and restored during the 80's in South Australia Purchased privately in 2013 in Tailem Bend South Australia and transported to Victoria. Currently on loan to the Puffing Billy Museum at Menzies Creek as an operating exhibit. Blackstone & Co. was a farm implement maker at Stamford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. In 1896 they built lamp start oil engines. The Lamp or hot-bulb engine (also hotbulb or heavy-oil engine) is a type of internal combustion engine. It is an engine in which fuel is ignited by being brought into contact with a red-hot metal surface inside a bulb, followed by the introduction of air (oxygen) compressed into the hot-bulb chamber by the rising piston. There is some ignition when the fuel is introduced, but it quickly uses up the available oxygen in the bulb. Vigorous ignition takes place only when sufficient oxygen is supplied to the hot-bulb chamber on the compression stroke of the engine. Most hot-bulb engines were produced as one-cylinder, low-speed two-stroke crankcase scavenged units

Significance

Historic - Industrial - single cylinder, horizontal, 4 stroke, hot-bulb ignition oil engine

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval Plate with Black Stones and Clutter Buck Brass Plaque engine number 71076

Steam Locomotive Number 12A - Ex Victorian Railways Na class

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

12A

Carriage Sign - Milk Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Milk Advertising Hand painted masonite carriage sign.

Historical information

Advertising fitted to NBH carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Hey Kids ! milk's a marvellous drink Drink plenty eveyday