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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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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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861 - John Benn - John Rees - Decauville Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Decauville Steam Locomotive

Historical information

861 John Benn Locomotive - in active service - Emerald Station Built in 1886 by Société Anonyme Usines Métallurgiques du Hainaut - Locomotives Couillet for the West Melbourne site of the Metropolitan Gas Company, as a four-wheel tank locomotive similar to 986 and named “John Benn”. The West Melbourne gas works sourced its coal from Maitland, New South Wales, and the coal was brought by ship to a wharf adjacent to the West Melbourne gas plant. John Benn and Carbon were used to haul the coal over a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge railway from the wharf to the gasworks, a distance of about 450 metres (500 yards). It was withdrawn from service in the 1930s and stored until sold privately in 1962. It was rebuilt by its new owners in the style of an American locomotive of the 1880s and was used for some years at Walhalla. It currently has the name “J.C. Rees” and is used in active service for the 861 Footplate Experience. Wheels: 2-4-2ST Builder: Couillet Build Date: 1886 Construction No.: 861 Empty Weight: Unknown Weight on Drivers: Unknown Driver Diameter: Unknown Tractive Effort: Unknown Boiler Pressure: Unknown Cylinders: Unknown Fuel: Coal Gauge: 30 inches

Significance

Historic - Industrial railways - Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne Steam Locomotive

Inscriptions & Markings

861 John Rees

14A - Victorian Railways Na class Steam Locomotive number 14A

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

7A - Victorian Railways Na class steam locomotive number 7A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

7A Built in 1905 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Wangaratta to Whitfield line and saw service on all four lines with most of its service on the Upper Fern Tree Gully to Gembrook line. It was temporarily withdrawn from service in 1958 and returned to service at Belgrave in 1962 for the reopening of this line where it has seen almost continuous service since. 1979 saw the early two-tone green colour scheme applied to this loco as a trial even though it never historically carried it, but its physical configuration was not altered accordingly. It is now painted its original livery of Canadian red & dark brown and will eventually be returned, as far a possible, to its original condition with a low bunker, narrow ash-chute, etc. Loco: 7A In service Saturday, 6th May 1905 Livery Canadian red & dark brown Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 / 2' 6" Status Preserved - Operational Service History : May 1905 Wangaratta - initial allocation of a new locomotive May 1905 - Apr 1906 Wangaratta Jul 1906 - Nov 1910 Colac Feb 1911 - Jul 1912 Moe Sep 1912 - Dec 1917 Colac Mar 1918 - Sep 1921 UFTG. Nov 1921 - Sep 1923 Colac Dec 1923 - May 1925 UFTG. Jun 1925 - Aug 1925 Workshops Sep 1925 - Aug 1927 UFTG. Aug 1927 - Feb 1928 Workshops Mar 1928 - May 1928 UFTG. Jul 1928 - Moe Sep 1928 - Mar 1930 UFTG. Apr 1930 - Sep 1930 Workshops Oct 1930 - Oct 1936 UFTG. Nov 1936 - Moe Dec 1936 - Aug 1945 UFTG. Dec 1946 - May 1953 Colac Sep 1953 - Oct 1954 Moe Dec 1954 - Jun 1955 Workshops Nov 1955 - Dec 1957 UFTG. - Stored Feb 1958 - Apr 1962 Workshops May 1962 - Belgrave - In active service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 7A Dates that 7A worked on the Gembrook Line Mar-1918 to Nov-1921 Dec-1923 to Jun-1925 Sep-1925 to Aug-1927 May-1928 to Apr-1930 Oct-1930 to Nov-1936 Dec-1936 to Dec-1946 Nov-1955 to Feb-1958 May-1962 - Returned to Gembrook line Oct - 1977 - Transferred to ETRB ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

7A

6A - Victorian Railways Na class steam locomotive number 6A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive - with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

6A Built in 1901 and painted two-tone green, this locomotive was issued to the Colac to Beech Forest line and was used in that line’s construction. Over the years, it saw service on all four lines, but mostly on the Colac to Crowes and Upper Fern Tree Gully to Gembrook lines. It was temporarily withdrawn from service in 1958 and returned to service at Belgrave in 1962 for the reopening of this line where it saw almost continuous service until being withdrawn in 1983. It has been restored, as far as possible, to its original condition with original design side tanks, low bunker, original size windows, etc., but a steel cow-catcher in place of the original style wooden one. It also has its original colour scheme of two-tone green with white lining. Loco: 6A In service Thursday, 18th July 1901 Livery two-tone green Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762mm / 2' 6' Status Preserved - Operational Service History : Jul 1901 Colac - initial allocation of a new locomotive Jul 1901 - Nov 1908 Colac Mar 1909 - May 1909 Wangaratta Jun 1909 - Other Oct 1909 - Oct 1910 UFTG. Nov 1910 - Feb 1912 Colac May 1912 - Jun 1912 Wangaratta Jul 1912 - Sep 1914 Moe Oct 1914 - Aug 1924 Colac May 1925 - Jul 1927 UFTG. Aug 1927 - Oct 1928 Moe Jan 1929 - Sep 1930 UFTG. Sep 1930 - Jun 1932 Moe Dec 1932 - Workshops May 1933 - Colac Sep 1933 - May 1936 Moe Jun 1936 - Oct 1936 Workshops Oct 1936 - May 1942 UFTG. Sep 1942 - Apr 1949 Colac May 1949 - Apr 1950 Workshops May 1950 - Dec 1957 UFTG. Feb 1958 - Apr 1962 Workshops May 1962 - Belgrave - In Active Service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 6A Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 Puffing Billy Locomotives and Rolling Stock Collection Dates that 6A worked on the Gembrook Line Nov-1909 to Nov-1910 May-1925 to Aug-1927 Jan-1929 to Sep-1930 Oct-1936 to Sep-1942 May-1950 to Feb-1958 May-1962 - Returned to Gembrook railway Oct-1977 - Transferred to PBR ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

6A

3A - Victorian Railways NA Class Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive - wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

3A Built in 1900. This is the second locomotive to be built at the Victorian Railways Newport Workshops. Painted in the then standard Victorian Railways two-tone green, this locomotive was issued to the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook line and was used in the line’s construction. Over the years, it saw service on the Colac to Crowes and Moe to Walhalla lines, but it saw more service on the Gembrook line than any other. It was withdrawn from service in 1955 at Upper Fern Tree Gully and sold in 1960 to the Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea where it remained on static display until obtained by the Puffing Billy Presservation Society in 1977. Number 3A Entered service Monday, 4th June 1900 Livery two-tone green Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Service History : Apr 1900 UFTG. - initial allocation Apr 1900 - Jul 1901 UFTG. Feb 1902 - Jan 1906 Colac Feb 1906 - Jul 1906 UFTG. Sep 1907 - Mar 1908 Colac Oct 1908 - Oct 1909 UFTG. Nov 1909 - Apr 1910 Other Oct 1910 - Nov 1911 UFTG. Feb 1912 - Oct 1914 Colac Dec 1914 - Oct 1917 Moe Dec 1917 - Jul 1920 Colac Sep 1920 - Jun 1922 Moe Jul 1922 - Jun 1925 UFTG. Aug 1925 - Mar 1928 Other May 1928 - Nov 1929 Moe Jan 1930 - Apr 1935 Wangaratta Jun 1935 - Sep 1936 Workshops Oct 1936 - May 1949 UFTG. Nov 1949 - Mar 1950 Workshops Apr 1950 - Jun 1955 UFTG. Nov 1955 - Mar 1959 Workshops Nov 1960 - Aug 1973 Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea Apr 1977 - Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 3A Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 Dates that 3A worked on the Gembrook Line Apr 1900 - initial allocation of a new locomotive Apr 1900 to Jul 1901 Feb 1906 to Jul 1906 Oct 1908 to Oct 1909 Oct 1910 to Nov 1911 Oct 1936 to May 1949 Apr 1950 to Jun 1955 Apr 1977 to Belgrave - Transferred to Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership

Inscriptions & Markings

3A

8A - Victorian Railways Na Class Steam Locomotive Number 8A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Locomotive with wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders

Historical information

8A Built in 1908 and painted Canadian red & dark brown, this locomotive was issued to the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook line. Over the years, it saw service on the Colac to Crowes and Moe to Walhalla lines, but it saw more service on the Gembrook line than any other. It was withdrawn from service in 1955 at Upper Fern Tree Gully and sold to the Beaumaris City Council where it remained on static display until 1970. After storage at Newport & Ballarat North Workshops, it was brought to Belgrave in 1976 for restoration. It was returned to service in 1982 after a complete rebuild in close to its late 1920s condition with its extended bunker & modified front end including the tapered “stovepipe” smokestack, steel cow-catcher and the all-over Black livery. Loco: 8A In service Monday, 2nd March 1908 Livery Canadian red & dark brown Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762mm / 2' 6" Status Preserved - Operational Service History : May 1908 - UFTG. - initial allocation of a new locomotive May 1908 - Mar 1910 UFTG. Apr 1910 - Mar 1915 Colac Jun 1915 -Sep 1926 UFTG. Jan 1927 - Jan 1930 Moe Mar 1930 - Oct 1936 UFTG. Nov 1936 - Dec 1936 Moe Jan 1937 - Oct 1954 UFTG. Dec 1954 - Workshops Jan 1955 - Jan 1968 Other Jul 1970 - Apr 1977 Workshops Jul 1982 - Belgrave - In active service at Puffing Billy Railway Belgrave

Significance

Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 8A Dates that 8A worked on the Gembrook Line Mar-1908 to Apr-1910 - initial allocation of a new locomotive Jun-1915 to Jan-1927 Mar-1930 to Nov-1936 Jan-1937 to Dec-1954 1970 - Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership Jul-1982 - Returned to service PBR

Inscriptions & Markings

8A

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)

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

Avery Scales - Avery Platform Scales

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Avery Platform Scales - Iron and glass

Historical information

Averys Ltd was the holding company for the 32 operating companies in the Avery Group. The Group's main activity was the design, manufacture, sale and servicing of a wide range of weighing machines, physical testing machines and fluid measuring equipment. The company's history can be traced back to 1730, with the manufacturing by hand of steelyards and beam scales in a small workshop in Birmingham. When legislation was introduced at the turn of the century requiring the stamping of all weighing machines used for trade Avery branches were set up in some 100 towns in the United Kingdom. This was the beginning of the sales and service organisation that expanded to cover not only every important town in the United Kingdom but was also established in many overseas countries.

Significance

Historic - Railway Platform Scales

Axle Box Cover - Tasmanian Main Line Co.

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Axle box cover from a Tasmanian Main Line rail vehicle from 1874.

Historical information

Axle box cover from a Tasmanian Main Line Railway rail vehicle from 1874 The Tasmanian Main Line Railway Company (T.M.R.L.) was a privately owned railway company that existed in Tasmania from 1872 to 1890. The company were the first operators of rail services between Hobart and Launceston, where it connected with the Launceston and Western Railway (L.W.R.) It started construction of a 3' 6" gauge line between Hobart and Launceston in 1873 which was completed in December 1875. and was officially opened on 1 November 1876. The route of the railway was selected largely as a result of vocal local interests and accordingly traversed some reasonably unfavorable topography, particularly in the southern section. Because the TMLR had limited finances, the line was built to the narrow (1067 mm) gauge and included long sections of steep gradients and sharp curves. The final eighteen kilometres of the route from Western Junction to Launceston used the existing broad gauge alignment of the Launceston and Western Railway, with a third rail being laid for use by the narrow gauge trains A close but uncomfortable relationship with the Government was resolved in 1890 with the purchase of the company's assets by the Crown and their incorporation into the Tasmanian Government Railways on 1 October 1890.

Significance

Historic early Tasmanian Main Line Railway - Vehicle Axel Box cover

Inscriptions & Markings

T.M.L.R - 1874 -

Bellow - Blacksmith's Bellow

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Blacksmith's bellow. made from wood and leather and wrought iron fittings

Historical information

Blacksmith's Bellow Used by the Blacksmith to blow more air into his fire which further heats the flame to provide a temperature hot enough to heat the steel that he is working on

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Blacksmithing equipment

Belt Driven Slotter - KBW Slotting Machine

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Large metal KBW Slotting Machine

Historical information

KBW Slotting Machine

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Slotting Machine

Inscriptions & Markings

KBW

Blackham Engine - single cylinder Blackham stationary engine

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

A single cylinder Blackham stationary engine. - Made from Iron, wrought Iron & brass

Historical information

Engine (power producing equipment) A single cylinder Blackham stationary engine. This engine required steam from a separate boiler to operate. Maker : W.H Blackham King Street, Melbourne, Victoria c. 1900

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Single cylinder Stationary engine - W. H. Blackham - Kings St. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

W.H Blackham King st. Melbourne

Blacksmith grinding wheel

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Blacksmith grinding wheel - stone is original but stand has been made by Puffing Billy Museum volunteers Wheel made of stone and wrought iron

Historical information

Blacksmith grinding wheel - stone is original but stand has been made by Puffing Billy Museum volunteers stand scrapped - damaged - Feb 2018

Significance

Historic -Industrial Tool - Grinding wheel

Bogie - Break of Gauge Bogie

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

Boiler - George and George multi tube under fired boiler

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steel, Cast Iron

Historical information

Boiler purchased by Malvern city council to supply steam to a stationary vertical engine that drove a stone crusher. Built by George and George Pty. Ltd., Melbourne in 1929, it is an external under-fired return-flue type 18 tube boiler capable of supplying steam at 100 pounds per square inch (600 kPa). This boiler can be occasionally seen in steam at the Museum supplying steam for the operation of stationary engines on display near by. Donated by Malvern City Council in 1969.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Boiler Equipment

Inscriptions & Markings

George and George Pty Ltd, Melbourne 1929

Bottle and Jars found at the Museum in the ground

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Bottle and Jars found at the Museum in the ground

Historical information

Bottle and Jars found at the Museum in the ground Bottle with Pecks RD NO 30273 embossed on base - Peck's Fish Paste, circa: early to mid 20th century

Significance

Historic - Bottle and Jars found at the Museum in the ground

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottle and Jars found at the Museum in the ground Bottle with Pecks RD NO 30273 embossed on base - Peck's Fish Paste, circa: early to mid 20th century

Brandt Brothers Floodlight

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Brandt Brothers Floodlight made of metal. brass and glass

Historical information

Brandt Brothers Floodlight Albert Charles Brandt established a lighting business in 1878 with his brothers in Sydney and Melbourne.

Significance

Historic - Railways - Brandt Brothers Floodlight

Inscriptions & Markings

Brandt Brothers - Makers - Melbourne

Brandt Brothers Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Brandt Brothers Lamp made of metal and glass

Historical information

Brandt Brothers Lamp

Significance

Historic - Railways - Brandt Brothers Lamp

Inscriptions & Markings

Brandt Brothers

Brick Skip - Rubber Tyred - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brickworks

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Brick Skip - Iron & Wrought Iron frame, Rubber tyers

Historical information

Used at the brick works of Fritsch, Holzer & company of Hawthorn and was used to transport bricks and materials around the works.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brickworks , Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

Brick Skip - Four Wheel Brick Skip

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

two Wooden skips with steel wheels

Historical information

Typical of many small four wheel skips constructed to transport raw bricks from the moulding press to the kilns for firing.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow gauge railway - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brick works, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

"JF 12" & "SB 34"

bucket with spout

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Metal bucket with spout

Historical information

Hand made metal bucket with spout leade soldered Bucket marked “ 10 - Not for Mineraleol”

Inscriptions & Markings

10 - Not for Mineraleol

Builders Plate - Replica Victorian Railways Builders Plate

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Replica Victorian Railways Builders Plate Made from cast aluminium with blue and white paint.

Historical information

Produced for the running of locomotive 7A, dressed as 9A on the Thomson to Walhalla portion of the Moe to Walhalla narrow gauge railway for the Moe to Walhalla railway centenary in 2010. Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Replica Victorian Railways Builders Plate

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Replica Victorian Railways Builders Plate

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufactured at the V R Newport workshops 1910

Builders Plate - Perry Engineering Co.

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Perry Engineering Co. Builders Plate Made from cast Iron

Historical information

Builders plate from locomotive "Delta" No. 1.

Significance

Historic - Perry Engineering Locomotive Builders plate used on Steam Locomotive "Delta" No. 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by Perry Engineering Co. 7967.50.4

Carbon - 986 Carbon - Decauville Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Small Decauville Couillet Steam locomotive. - Iron & wrought iron frames

Historical information

The locomotive was supplied new by Decauville to the Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne, for use at their gasworks in West Melbourne, where it was named Carbon suppied in 1889 (Couillet builder's number 986, Decauville serial number 90). It was named Carbon. The West Melbourne gas works sourced its coal from Maitland, New South Wales, and the coal was brought by ship to a wharf adjacent to the West Melbourne gas plant. John Benn and Carbon were used to haul the coal over a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge railway from the wharf to the gasworks, a distance of about 450 metres (500 yards). West Melbourne Gas Works No. "Carbon" Wheels: 0-4-0T Builder: Couillet Build Date: 1890 Construction No.: 986 Empty Weight: Unknown Weight on Drivers: Unknown Driver Diameter: Unknown Tractive Effort: Unknown Boiler Pressure: Unknown Cylinders: Unknown Fuel: Coal Gauge: 30 Decauville locomotives The firm Société Anonyme Decauville located at Petit Bourg, France, was founded to manufacture light railways pioneered by French farmer Paul Decauville to transport crops from the field in 1875. Decauville began designing their own locomotives in 1882, although initially manufacture was contracted out to other builders, notably the Belgian firm Hainault at Couillet Although not well known in Australia, in Europe Couillet was a significant builder of steam locomotives of many different gauges and sizes over a long period of time. The locomotive was supplied new by Decauville to the Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne, for use at their gasworks in West Melbourne, where it was named Carbon (986) . Carbon ( 986 ) The locomotive weighs approximately seven tons. It has the Couillet builder's number 986. of 1889 It was built for Decauville & Cie. of Paris, suppliers of portable and industrial railway equipment, and has their serial number of 90 of 1890. Built in 1889 for the West Melbourne site of the Metropolitan Gas Company, it is a four-wheel tank locomotive and was named “Carbon”. It was withdrawn from service in the 1930s and stored until sold privately in 1962. For a few years in the 1960s it was used on a circle of track at Walhalla, before going to the Whistle Stop Amusement Park in Frankston. Although a number of similar locomotives still exist, as far as is known Carbon is the only one still operating in its original condition.

Significance

Historic - Industrial railways - Metropolitan Gas Company Ltd, Melbourne Steam Locomotive

Inscriptions & Markings

Couillet builder's number 986, Decauville serial number 90

Carriage Sign - Milk Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Milk Advertising Hand painted masonite sign.

Historical information

Advertising fitted to NBH carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Drinka Pinta Milka day Milk's a marvellous drink

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising metal painted sign

Historical information

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising This board was used to advertise the Coca Cola drink. This particular sign was displayed inside, on the end of the Puffing Billy NBH type carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Enjoy the quality taste Drink Coca-cola ice cold

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising metal painted sign

Historical information

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising This board was used to advertise the Coca Cola drink. This particular sign was displayed inside, on the end of the Puffing Billy NBH type carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

The Pause that Refreshes Drink Coca-Cola Sign of Good Taste

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising metal painted sign

Historical information

Carriage Sign - Coca-Cola Advertising This board was used to advertise the Coca Cola drink. This particular sign was displayed inside, on the end of the Puffing Billy NBH type carriages.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

The pause that refreshes Coca-Cola

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