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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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+61 61 3 9757 0700

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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.

344 items

Day's Petrol Rail Tractor - Petrol Rail Tractor Gauge 2'0"

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Petrol Rail Tractor made of Iron , wrought iron, steel

Historical information

Rail tractors were popular with Victorian sawmillers. They were generally cheaper than a steam locomotive, required no special qualifications to drive, and used proven power plants for which spares were available locally. The tractor was constructed by Day’s Engineering of South Melbourne which, although better known for its pumping equipment, built more than fifty rail tractors for Victorian sawmillers and other industrial tramway users. W. Day & Sons is believed to have constructed its first light railway locomotive in 1926. From then until the mid 1940s, the firm appears to have built at least fifty locomotives at its premises in South Melbourne, of which roughly half were four-wheel locomotives and roughly half were six-wheel locomotives like the restored Day’s rail tractor formerly operated by Ruoak Timbers. Of the four-wheel locomotives, ten were 2-ft (610mm) gauge locomotives similar to this one. Today, only two survive, a complete example at the Puffing Billy Railway Museum at Menzies Creek, and one at Alexandra Timber Tramway Museum This 2-ft gauge 4wPM locomotive is believed to have been one of two Day's Petrol Rail tractors formerly used by Cheetham Salt, possibly at the Moolap works near Geelong. Service History :owned by Cheetham Salt, Moolap ( dates unknown ) Geelong Steam Preservation Society , Belmont 1973 ? Puffing Billy Steam Museum , Menzies Creek

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow gauge Railway - Rail Tractor used by Cheetham Salt Company works at Laverton, Moolap and Geelong, Victoria , Australia

Carriage Sign - Puffing Billy Museum Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Puffing Billy Museum Advertising metal sign

Historical information

Carriage Sign - Puffing Billy Museum Advertising This board was used to advertise the Menzies Creek Museum after it opened in 1970. This particular sign was displayed inside, on the end of the Puffing Billy NBH type carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Visit the Puffing Billy Steam Museum you can see - Steam Locomotives - Working Exhibits - Early Rolling Stock - Souvenirs available the museum is located at Menzies Creek & opens every Sunday 11am to 5pm

14A - Victorian Railways NA class Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders - Converted to running on Light Oil in 2018

Historical information

14A Built in 1914 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Colac to Crowes line and saw service on all four lines, but mostly on the Colac to Crowes line. It was withdrawn from service in 1962 at Colac and sent to Newport Workshops for storage where it remained, except for a brief time at Bendigo North Work-shops in 1963. After overhaul, it was brought to Belgrave in 1965 where it has seen almost continuous service since. In 1978, it became the first of the preserved NA’s to trial a historic colour scheme for which the Canadian red & dark brown was chosen, but ended up mistakenly being painted a “London Tan” & dark brown. In 1996 it received a more correct Canadian red livery. This “temporary” trial livery has now given way to 14A’s designated livery of all-over black. Its physical configuration will match the late 1940s era with the extended bunker, guard irons, etc. Loco: 14A In service Thursday, 25th June 1914 Withdrawn April 1962 Livery Canadian red & dark brown Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Status Preserved - Operational - Converted to running on Light Oil in 2018 Service History: Jun 1914 - Colac - initial allocation of a new locomotive Jun 1914 - May 1921 Colac Aug 1921 - UFTG. Sep 1921 - Feb 1923 Moe May 1923 - Apr 1927 Colac Jul 1927 - Apr 1929 UFTG. Apr 1929 - May 1932 Other May 1932 - Nov 1934 Moe Dec 1934 - Jan 1940 Wangaratta Jun 1940 - Workshops Oct 1940 - Mar 1947 Colac May 1948 - Nov 1960 Colac - Stored Apr 1962 - Jul 1962 Workshops - Stored Dec 1965 - Belgrave - In active service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 14A Dates that 14A worked on the Gembrook Line Aug-1921 to Sep-1921 Jul-1927 to Apr-1929 Dec-1965 - Returned to service Oct-1977 - Transferred to ETRB ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

14A

Container

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Large, cylindrical tin container with conical lid and wire handle. A small zinc spout is embedded in the lower quadrant. The word 'KERO' is stencilled in white across the front.

Historical information

Kerosene was used to light the signal lamps at night time on a railway, to ensure that a locomotive driver could see that the line was clearor there was the danger of another train ahead. This container was used to store kerosene in to fuel such lamps and was kept inside a store room in a safe area until required for use.

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Kero Tin Container

Inscriptions & Markings

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5 NBD

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Made of Timber and steel

Historical information

NBD This is a Puffing Billy Railway reclassification of the first series of NB carriages. COMBINED NB PASSENGER CAR AND GUARD'S VAN. A saloon or end platform NB which has had a guard's compartment temporarily added in one end. Due to the temporary nature of this conversion, this vehicle also retains its original number in the NB numbering sequence but is classed NBD to differentiate it from the standard NBC and the NAC. The use of the letter 'D' in the classification is recognising the code for guard's vans prior to 1910. NB Class - Number Built (1st Series) 6 - Number Built (2nd Series) 17 - Number Built (3rd Series) 4 NB (1st series) NB 5 was equipped with a vertical hand brake at one end to enable it to be used as the last vehicle of a train. Body Length 20 feet 6 inches ( 6248 mm) Vehicle 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 5 inches (2870 mm) Weight 8 tons Capacity 16 passengers Built 1898 - 1904 Number Built 6 In use NBD 1, 2, 5 NB - Puffing Billy Railway classed these as NBD to indicate their use as a trailing vehicle with guard's accommodation. 5 NBD Victorian Railways Service History NBB 5. ( it's original number ) Built new - - / 6/1901 Newport Workshops 4/ 2/1902 - In Service "Commenced running" circa 1910 - renumbered To NB 5 *NB 5. - / 6/1926 - Modified AC Malco 5/ 2/1951 - Scrapped - Body and underframe purchased by Puffing Billy Preservation Society from Pakenham. Restored by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society 1975. In July 2006 work commenced on 5 NB to make it a temporary kitchen car for the luncheon/dinner train. It has had the seating removed from the saloon and kitchen equipment installed. Plans are for a kitchen car to be constructed and 5 NB restored to carry passengers.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Passenger and Guard's Van carriage 5 NBD - converted into Catering Car and Guards van

Inscriptions & Markings

5NBD

D21 - Diesel Mechanical locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

D21 - Diesel Mechanical locomotive made of steel

Historical information

D21 - Diesel Mechanical locomotive Date built - 1968 Original owner - TGR Original gauge - 1067mm Withdrawn - 1983 Built to 3'6" gauge in 1968 by the Tasmanian Government Railways and numbered V12, ownership of this Diesel Mechanical locomotive was transferred to Australian National Railways (Tas.) in 1978. It was withdrawn and sold to the E.T.R.B. in 1983 1968 - D21 ex-Tasmanian Government Railways (TGR) V class No.12, built by the TGR Launceston Workshops in 1968 to a design of Vulcan-Drewry (England). Tasmanian Government Railways V class The V class were the first diesel locomotives operated by the Tasmanian Government Railways (TGR) with four delivered by the Vulcan Foundry in 1948 to a design by the Drewry Car Co. They were a narrow gauge version of the British Rail Class 04. In 1951 a fellow two were delivered followed by another two in 1955. Between 1959 and 1968 the TGR built a further four at its Launceston Workshops. Two identical locomotives were purchased by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company in 1953. When it closed in 1963, 2405 was sold to the Emu Bay Railway as number 22, while 2406 went to the TGR as V13. All the TGR units were withdrawn between 1983 and 1987 while the Emu Bay unit remained in service until 2000. Ten have been preserved: V1 by the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, Victoria V2 by the Don River Railway V4 by the Hotham Valley Railway, Western Australia V5 by the Hotham Valley Railway, Western Australia V7 by the Derwent Valley Railway V8 by the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, Victoria V9 by the West Coast Wilderness Railway V12 by the Puffing Billy Railway, Victoria (regauged to 760 mm gauge and numbered D21) V13 by the Zig Zag Railway, New South Wales, sold to the West Coast Wilderness Railway, renumbered D2 22 by the West Coast Wilderness Railway, renumbered D1 Tasmanian Government Railways V class Manufacturer Vulcan Foundry Tasmanian Government Railways Entered service 1948 Number built 14 Number preserved 10 Fleet numbers TGR: V1-V13 Emu Bay: 22 Power: 152kW (204hp) or 114kW (153hp) Motor: Gardner 8L3 (V) or Gardner 6L3 (VA) Wheel Arrangement: - C - Weight: 25.6t Allowable load on 1:40 grade: 170t Length over headstocks: 6.8m (22ft 6in) Introduced: 1948 Built By: Vulcan Foundry, England; TGR Workshops, Launceston; Using parts supplied by Drewry Car Co (UK) Number Preserved: 10 Number In Service: 0 Total Number Built: 14

Significance

Historic - Tasmanian Government Railways - Diesel Mechanical locomotive - V12 / Puffing Billy Railway Diesel Mechanical locomotive D21

Inscriptions & Markings

D21

Flat Belt Driven Mill

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Made from iron.

Historical information

Flat Belt Driven Mill

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Flat Belt Driven Mill

Guards Van Ticket Office Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Guards Van Sign - Ticket Office White enamel sign with black lettering

Historical information

Guards Van Sign - Ticket Office In the Preservation Society days of Puffing Billy, not all stations were manned for the sale of tickets, and tickets were sold from the Guards Van. To advise the public where they could obtain tickets this sign was placed above one of the windows on the guards van. Tickets could be issued from here for passengers to travel on the line.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railways Guards Van Sign - Ticket Office sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Ticket Office

NKS 9 - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

NKS Type Gangers Trolly - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolley - 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 Trolly 9 was built for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria for use on their metre gauge railway of Yallourn. It was sold to a preservation group at Walhalla and regauged to 2 foot 6 inch. It came to the Puffing Billy Railway in the early 1980s.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge - Track Patrol Vehicle used by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria for use on their 900mm gauge railway of Yallourn. And then at Walhalla Railway where it was regauged to 2 foot 6 inch

Inscriptions & Markings

NKS 9

Notice Board - Victorian Railways Institute

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

V.R Institute Notice Board made of painted timber

Historical information

Victorian Railways Institute - The VRI was formed in 1909, and started operations at the 3rd Floor, Flinders Street Station, on 31 January, 1910. The Commissioners of the day saw a need for a Social Organisation, where Railway Staff could come together and discuss common issues, and relax in a friendly environment. The VRI was also, for many decades, the Primary Educator of all Rail Staff in their Duties and Tickets, from Train Crews, Station staff and the like, through to the Accounting Office team, everyone was trained at the VRI on how to do their jobs in the VRI. At the height of its power, the VRI would lead a member base of 30,000+ Families, all who would have a dedication to the Rail Industry and VRI. Throughout the State, Centres started, the earliest in 1916 in Ballarat, through to the later ones in Sunshine (1962) and beyond.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Institute Notice Board

Inscriptions & Markings

V.R Institute

Bogie - Break of Gauge

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Break of Gauge Bogie made of iron and wrought iron & brass

Historical information

Designed and built in the early 1920’s by Charles Robert Prosser , a Melbourne Engineer, for an enquiry by the Commonwealth Government into ways of solving the break of gauge problem. Breaks or changes in railway gauges existed at most state borders of Australia during the first half of the 20th century. Upon completion of this model, it was placed on display in the Federal Parliament then located in Parliament House, Melbourne. Patents on the Break of Gauge Bogie Application number Title Applicant(s) Inventor(s) Filing date 1921000390 Improved means of adjusting the wheels of rolling stock to suit railway tracks of different gauges Charles Robert Prosser Charles Robert Prosser 1921-02-01 1917004843 Improvements in and connected with railway or other ticket supply tubes Charles Robert Prosser Charles Robert Prosser 1917-08-09 1915016191 IMPROVEMENTS IN AND CONNECTED WITH THE ADAPTATION OF RAILWAY ROLLING STOCK TO DIFFERENT GAUGES Charles Robert Prosser Charles Robert Prosser 1915-05-01 1915015980 Improvements in and connected with the adaptation of railway rolling stock to different gauges Charles Robert Prosser Charles Robert Prosser 1915-04-09 1914012931 Improvements in and connected with the adaptation of railway rolling stock to different gauges Charles Robert Prosser Charles Robert Prosser 1914-04-20 The Sydney Morning Herald Fri 2 Sep 1921 Page 6 BREAK OF GAUGE DEVICE. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28088233

Significance

Historic - Railway Invention Break of Gauge Bogie

NKs 5 - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly

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 5 - NKS Type Gangers Trolly - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly - a KS series Section Car often 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 5

Plaque Sign - Station Clock - Ballarat Station

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Clock plaque - Ballarat Station small wooden Plaque Sign with engraved letters

Historical information

Station Clock plaque - Ballarat Station This plaque is dedicated to the late Eric Quinlan who rescued the nearby clock (Item 000180) from the Parcels Office at the Victorian Railways Ballarat railway station.

Significance

Historic - plaque for Station Clock - Ballarat Station - which was used in the Parcels Office at the Victorian Railways Ballarat railway station

Inscriptions & Markings

This historic railway clock , originally installed in the Parcels Office at Ballarat Station is from the estate of the late Eric Quinlan an enthusiastic supporter of railway preservation and long- time member of Puffing Billy Preservation Society Donated by his close friend , Peter Ralph , 1998

Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign Large painted metal Puffing Billy Museum Entry Sign

Historical information

Historic - early period - Puffing Billy Railway Museum Sign

Significance

Historic - early Puffing Billy Railway Museum Sign

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

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

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

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

Flat Belt Driven Drill Press

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Drill press. - made of Metal and Steel and cast iron

Historical information

Industrial - Flat Belt Driven Drill Press

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Flat Belt Driven Drill Press

Inscriptions & Markings

Hercus Made in Australia

Rail Drill - Hand

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Rail Drill made of metal

Historical information

Hand Rail Drill Out on the track in the old days, it was sometimes required to drill some holes in a piece of rail so that two rails may be joined together by a metal joiner – called a fishplate. Before the use of generators and oxy cutting, the only way to do this was with a hand drill. This is the machine operated by two people, that would drill a hole in the rail. With two to three holes to be drilled in each rail end (ie 4 or 6 holes), it was a tiring, back breaking job. And then there was usually the rail on the other side of the track to be done!

Significance

Historic - Railways Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Hand Rail Drill

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.

6 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

6NBH - 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 : 9/ 7/1900 NWS Built new as 46 NQR converted & renumbered to 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 6. VR Service History NQR 46.VA - 9/ 7/1900 NWS Built new - 12/ 4/1919 - To NBH 6.VA - *NBH 6.VA - circa 1919 - Reference Photo SL20 p20 / 6/1928 - 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. PRO photos NBH CLASS CARRIAGE No.6 CARRIAGE NARROW GAUGE PERSPECTIVE VIEW PRO Photo RS 0059 http://wiki.prov.vic.gov.au/thumbs/12800-P0004-000007-010t.jpg NBH CLASS CARRIAGE No.6 CARRIAGE NARROW GAUGE SIDE VIEW PRO Photo RS 0060 http://wiki.prov.vic.gov.au/thumbs/12800-P0004-000007-020t.jpg NBH CLASS CARRIAGE No.6 NARROW GAUGE PICNIC TRUCK INTERIOR PRO Photo RS 0062 http://wiki.prov.vic.gov.au/thumbs/12800-P0004-000007-040t.jpg

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

6NBH

8 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

8NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car made of steel and timber

Historical information

8 NBH - Excursion Car (28) In Active Service - Belgrave Station Yard 8NBH - Excursion carriage. This car has been restored to original condition with white canvas weather blinds,Full carriage length side steps, timber tongue and groove boards,coupling centering springs and some pinch gas lighting equipment. 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 8.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 1/1929 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

8NBH

Hand Winch

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hand Winch made of wrought iron, metal and iron

Historical information

Imported by Cameron, Sutherland & Seward Ltd. Machinery Merchants, Melbourne & Sydney, this example is of the type of hand winch used by the Australian Industries and timber workers in the Australian bush. The central rotating drum is operated by three interacting cog wheels. The metal cable is wound onto the central drum.

Significance

Historic - Hand Winch type of hand winch used by the Australian Industries and timber workers in the Australian bush.

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

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

14 NUU - Louvred Truck

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Historical information

Van 14 NUU - Louvred Truck (11) Untrafficable - Belgrave 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 14.VA - 15/ 7/1911 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NU 14.VA - NU 14.VA - circa 1926 - Modified AC Malco 1/10/1977 - Off Register To E.T.R.B. RS77/4223 Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

14 NU

Locomotive Head Board - Wizards and Witches Express

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Wizards and Witches Express Round tin sign with blue, white, purple, yellow and black.

Historical information

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Locomotive Head Board used in the Celebration of Special Children's train day Used on the smokebox door of the locomotive during the running of the Wizards and Witches Express trains.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Wizards & Witches Express

Drill Press - Hand operated

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steel - Black and red paint

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Buffalo Forge Company Drill Press No. 611

29 NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

29 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 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 29 NQR - Open Medium Truck with drop ends VR Service History 15/12/1898 NWS Built new *NQR 29.VA - 15/12/1898 NWS Built new - / /1926 - To NQ 29.VA - NQ 29.VA - /10/1954 - Sold (to) - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes July 2016 - Lifted

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

29NQR