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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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Fire Fighting Extingusher Tank

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Metal Fire Fighting Extingusher Tank with rubber hose

Historical information

Fire Fighting Extingusher Tank Old style firefighting extinguisher, for use on very small fires

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Fire Fighting Extingusher Tank

Tecoma Station Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Tecoma wooden rectangle Station name sign pained yellow background with black letters

Historical information

Station Sign - Tecoma Tecoma railway station is located on the Belgrave line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the eastern Melbourne suburb of Tecoma opening on 1 February 1924. In 2011/12 it was the 3rd least used station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with 69,000 passenger movements. The station was originally on the Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook narrow gauge line. It along with the rest of the line closed on 30 April 1954, reopening on 19 February 1962 when the line as far as Belgrave was converted to broad gauge. The platform was used in a short cameo in the 2012 telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story and Metlink signs and tactiles are visible in the film. Tecoma has one platform. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Belgrave line services ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tecoma_railway_station

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Tecoma Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Tecoma

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.

186 NQR - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

186 NQR - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car with seats 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 6 186 NQR - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car VR Service History 20/11/1912 NWS Built new *NQR 186.VA - 20/11/1912 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 186.VA - NQ 186.VA - 15/12/1954 - Scrapped - circa 1975 BEL To NQR 186.PA [v] NQR 186.PA - 26/ 8/1976 CLS Photograph #662.43-.1: and end detail Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Nov 2016 - Lifted Feb 2017 - Wheel flats

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - Open Medium Truck converted to Excursion Car with seats

Inscriptions & Markings

186NQR

Wonthaggi Coal Skip

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Rectangular steel bin with wood frame and steel wheels

Historical information

One of two types of four wheel skips widely used on the Wonthaggi Coal Fields for transportation from the underground workings to the surface screening and loading areas. Haulage underground was accomplished by the use of pit ponies, whilst an endless rope system was used to bring the skips to the surface areas. Much of the coal for the colony of Victoria was sourced from Newcastle and the Hunter Region in New South Wales, along with local supplies from private and co-operative coal mines at Outtrim, Jumbunna and Korumburra in Gippsland. After the 1909–1910 strike by coal miners in the Hunter Valley, the Victorian state government were determined to ensure stability in local supplies of coal. The State Coal Mine and the town of Wonthaggi came into being in 1910 to supply coal for the Victorian Railways. It was one of the largest and most dangerous collieries in Australia. At its peak in 1926 the mine produced 2,435 long tons (2,474 t) per day, with the Victorian Railways buying 90% of production. In 1928, Wonthaggi coal accounted for around 60% of Victorian Railways coal consumption.

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Railway rolling stock - Wonthaggi Coal Fields, Victoria, Australia

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Emerald Tourist Railway Board 1977 - 2017 40 Years

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

New Record Saw Bench

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Timber framed with steel wheels, belt driven saw blade powered by a Rosbery internal combustion engine.

Historical information

Saw Bench - New Record Saw Bench Timber framed with steel wheels, belt driven saw blade powered by a Rosbery internal combustion engine. The Rosebery Engine No C28437 R.P.M 800 H.P. 6 Manufactured By Westinghouse Rosebery Pty.Ltd. Sydney Rosebery Engine Works Ltd began as the engine and pump manufacturing division of Buzacott & Company, and in 1923 became an incorporated company. In 1935, Westinghouse gave Rosebery Engine Works the right to manufacture and sell nearly all Westinghouse products. The name of the company then changed to Westinghouse Rosebery Ltd From the late nineteenth century, petrol engines gradually supplanted steam engines for running a wide range of machines, and in turn petrol engines were largely supplanted by electric motors. The Champion was a successful small petrol engine made by the large Sydney company, Westinghouse Rosebery, based on the American-designed Fuller and Johnson engine. With hopper cooling and a fuel tank between the skids, and weighing only 240 pounds (109 kg), it was easy to mount on wheeled transport, making the Champion a self-contained mobile source of power. Engines of this type were used in rural areas for driving chaff cutters, small saw benches, pumps and orchard sprayers. These engines were also commonly used in both rural and urban areas for powering concrete mixers. Both Westinghouse Rosebery in NSW and Toowoomba Foundry in Queensland made these engines in large quantities, beginning in the 1920s when tariff protection made local manufacturing viable. The production of small petrol engines continued in Australia until the 1970s, when reduced tariff protection led to increased competition from cheaper imported engines.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Timber working - belt driven saw blade powered by a Rosbery internal combustion engine.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rosebery Engine No c28437 R.P.M 800 H.P. 6 Manufactured By Westinghouse Rosebery Pty.ltd. Sydney

transportation Box - Train Instrument

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Train Instrument transportation Box used for the transporting of Flaman Speed Indicator and Recorder to the repair workshops Large wooden Box with wrought iron fittings

Historical information

Train Instrument transportation Box used for the transporting of Flaman Speed Indicator and Recorder to the repair workshops The Flaman Speed Indicator and Recorder was a device patented in 1901 by Nicolas Charles Eugène Flaman of France for indicating the current speed of a vehicle (for example a railway locomotive) and recording it on a paper tape that could be unrolled and examined at the end of a run to provide evidence of the speeds attained on the journey. Design features: The paper tape recording was driven directly by the wheels of the locomotive, with the paper spool moving at a fixed rate per kilometre travelled. Three graphs were recorded, the first being time elapsed (with the trace moving vertically if the train was stationary), the second being a speed curve. and the third recording the driver's attentiveness to signals ("Vigilance") by marking one tick above a line when the driver depressed a button, and another below the line when the engine went over the signal ramp. Data recorded: Read together, it was possible to determine exactly what speed the locomotive had been travelling at any point in time or distance. As well as allowing study of locomotive performance, it also allowed greater scrutiny of the observance of the driver of speed restrictions along the line and attentiveness to signals. It was practice on some railways such as the Victorian Railways in Australia for the driver to sign the speed chart prior to departure.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Train Instrument transportation Box for the transporting of Flaman Speed Indicator and Recorder to the repair workshops

Inscriptions & Markings

Return to Tool Room Newport

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

8 NUU - Louvered Van

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Wooden Louvered Van on under frame of 110 NQR - Made of Timber on a Wrought iron frame - current condition Untrafficable

Historical information

Van 8 NUU - Louvered Van Louvred Truck (11) (on u/frame of 110 NQR) Untrafficable NUU LOUVRED TRUCK. Seven louvre vans for carrying general goods were built during 1899-1901, with another one in 1906 and a further six in 1911, a total of 14 louvre vans numbered 1-14. The term Louvred Truck describes the sides which consist of fixed louvres for ventilation. The aim was to keep the goods inside cool. VR Service History : *NUU 8.VA - 20/ 7/1906 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NU 8.VA - NU 8.VA - / 9/1928 - Modified AC Malco 21/12/1953 - Sold (to) Coulston & Hyder RS54/338

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

8NUU

Hand Trolley built by Chris Alger - gauge 2'6"

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hardwood planks, Hardwood frame Flat 4 wheel, 2'6" rail trolley Removable Steel "T" handle Brake applies to one wheel

Historical information

This Hand trolley was built by Chris Alger to undertake weed poisoning and other minor track work on the railway between Belgrave and Menzies Creek while the line was closed (1954-1962). From 1958, Chris often put a drum of chemical on the trolley and propelled it by hand up and down the line until the shakedown specials in 1962. Other times it just took the tools needed to keep the line free of trees and other weeds. Chris was on the Puffing Billy Preservation Society committee for a number of years in the early days and contributed funds to Puffing Billy Preservation Society projects.

Significance

Narrow Gauge - Puffing Billy Railway - track maintenance

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - PBPS fund raising item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - Puffing Billy Preservation Society fund raising item

Historical information

Puffing Billy Shot Glass - Puffing Billy Preservation Society fund raising item

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Puffing Billy Preservation Society Fund raising item - Shot Glass

Station Sign - Upwey

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Upwey wooden rectangle Station name sign pained yellow background with black font.

Historical information

Upwey Station Sign; Upwey Railway Station is located on the Belgrave line in Victoria, Australia. This railway serves the Eastern region of Melbourne. Upwey Railway Station opened on the 3rd of June 1901. Upwey Railway Station has a crossing loop in the middle of a six kilometre section of single railway track between Ferntree Gully Railway Station and Belgrave Railway Station. The station was originally on the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook narrow gauge line. The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow Gauge railway line officially closed on the 30th of April 1954. It saw further use between 1955 and early 1958, when trains were operated by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in co-operation with the Victorian Railways. The Upper Ferntree Gully to Belgrave section was converted to Broad Guage and re-opened on the 19th of February 1962. This station sign shown here was one of a number used on the Upwey Railway Station while it was Narrow Gauge.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Upwey Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Upwey

Sign - Advertising - Griffiths Tea Sign - 30 Miles

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Sign - Advertising - Griffiths Tea Sign - 30 Miles Griffiths Tea sign made of Enamel paint on metal sign

Historical information

In 1879, James Griffiths established one of Australia’s first tea and coffee distribution companies at 30 Flinders St, Melbourne, which is now, occupied by the boutique Lindrum Hotel. Established with his brother John, recent immigrants from England, Griffiths occupied the highest position in the commercial world during their many years as distributors of tea, coffee, cocoa and other products throughout Victoria and Australia. The Griffiths brand was a guarantee for quality of product and service as it still is today. This extensive service was provided to customers via horse drawn carts serviced by rail from Melbourne. As a spirited entrepreneur, Griffiths made his company a household name through his pioneering use of outdoor advertising by installing the infamous blue and white enamel “Griffiths Tea” promotional signs affixed to the railway boundary fences highlighting to travellers the distance to or from Melbourne, indicating so many “— miles to Griffiths Tea”. These signs, much sought after today, were well known through out the eastern states. Photographs have been published of a sign erected by a Digger in France during the First World War with the words “1100 miles to Griffiths Bros”. Tragically, James and his wife Emily with friends died in a level rail crossing accident at Bayswater in 1925. Despite this unfortunate accident, Griffiths and its culture of innovation has survived as one of the few 100% Australian owned coffee roasters, with only three owners in 128 years. http://www.griffithscoffee.com.au/about-us/back-to-1879/ Sign - Advertising - Griffiths Tea Sign - 30 Miles

Significance

Historic - Sign - Advertising - Griffiths Tea Sign - used along side of Victorian Railway lines and at Stations

Inscriptions & Markings

30 Miles to Griffiths Tea Sign

Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Metal Milk Urn - steel

Historical information

Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Milk Urn

Inscriptions & Markings

Refreshment Services

19 NQ - Pulpwood Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

19 NQ - Pulpwood wagon - Pulpwood Truck made of Steel and metal

Historical information

19 NQ - Pulpwood Truck Untrafficable NQ Pulpwood wagon. In the 1950s, NQR 19 was modified by the removal of its sides and ends and the installation of intermediate upright staunchions to carry pulp-wood on the Beech Forest line. This modification was permanent and the vehicle became 19 NQ. 19 NQ - Service History 26/11/1898 NWS Built new NQ 19 was modified by having upright frames added to allow it to carry pulp-wood. 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 In use 14 To be restored 6 *NQR 19.VA - 26/11/1898 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 19.VA - NQ 19.VA - /10/1958 NWS Modified To Pulpwood Carrier Only vehicle modified to this configuration 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."

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Rolling Stock - Pulpwood wagon - Pulpwood Truck

Inscriptions & Markings

19 NQ

20 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

20 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car Steel 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

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

RMP / 3354 "LI'L TOOT"

Gang Shed

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Gang Shed constructed of timber and corrugated iron

Historical information

Gang Shed Ganger may refer to: The head of a gang of labourers, especially on canals or railways. They were Men who had the job of track maintenance repair and upkeep or construction for sections of the lines. Gang Sheds were used to keep their tools and equipment and Trollys in. The shed houses and protects the historic trolley and tool collection within.

Significance

loose based replica Victorian Railways gang shed, permanent way building.

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

219 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

219 NQR - Open medium trucks with seats & canopy made of Steel and metal

Historical information

219 NQR - Open medium trucks with seats & canopy (28) VR Service History 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.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

219 NQR

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.

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - PBPS fund raising item

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - Puffing Billy Preservation Society fund raising item Made of Ceramic - glazed pink with gold writing and design

Historical information

Coffee Mug - 100 Years - Puffing Billy Preservation Society fund raising item

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Puffing Billy Preservation Society Fund raising item - Coffee Mug

Inscriptions & Markings

100 Years

Allen Twin Cylinder Engine Driving A Brush Electrical Generator

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Station Sign - Yea

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

Station Sign - Yea Yea Station Opened 16 November 1883 Closed 8 November 1978 Yea is a former railway station in Yea, Victoria, Australia. The tracks have been removed and the reserve has been turned into The Yea Railway Park consisting of the historic railway station and eleven acres of parkland. It has a picnic shelter, barbecue, toilets, playground, skatepark, walking track, community reserve and includes Rotary Park. The station building houses Blackthorn Textiles (a privately run craft shop). Also on the site are the former goods sheds which are available for hire for varied functions. The Yea Country Market is held in the park on the first Saturday of each month and local artists hold an exhibition and sale in the goods sheds each Easter. The site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea_railway_station photo at http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/vhd-images/places/000/078/092.jpg

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Yea Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Yea

Narrow Gauge Turntable ex 5'3" gauge newport

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Narrow Gauge Turntable made of metal and steel

Historical information

This Victorian railways constructed turntable is used for turning around locomotives. It is 16.2 meters long and is hand pushed either direction. Originally broad gauge (5 foot 3 inches) and located in the Newport Locomotive workshop area it was relocated to emerald and 2-foot 6-inch railway track fitted to it and is used by the Puffing Billy Railway to turn their locomotives and carriages

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Turntable used at Newport

Peter Peckett Head Board

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Red painted wood with gold Leaf and black vinyl stickers.

Historical information

Head Board - Peter Peckett in use from 1992. Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used initially for fundraising the restoration of the Lakeside to Gembrook line by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society with trips on the completed line from the Gembrook end and later in the Celebration of Special Children's train days. Train Headboard - Peter - face used on special Children's trains hauled by former Gas Works locomotive Sir John Grice - alias Peter Peckett.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Peter Peckett

Four NSWTD Railway marker Oil lamps

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

NSWTD

Station Toilet Ladies sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Toilet Ladies sign wooden rectangle Station name sign painted 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