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

Key words

2'6"
puffing billy
pbps
trolley
chris alger
narrow gauge

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 build 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. 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 weeks. Chris was on the Puffing Billy Preservation Society committee for a number of years in the early days.

Significance

Narrow Gauge - Puffing Billy Railway - track maintenance

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Rubbish Bin - Victorian Railways Station Fruit & Rubbish Bin

Key words

victorian railways
rubbish bin
puffing billy railway

Tin lined wooden box with sign writing on two sides.

Historical information

Historic - Victorian Railways Station Rubbish Bin - used at the time of Mr Clapp, Chairman of the Victorian Railways Commissioners "Eat More Fruit" campaign

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station Rubbish Bin - used at the time of Mr Clapp, Chairman of the Victorian Railways Commissioners "Eat More Fruit" campaign

Inscriptions & Markings

Fruit skins and rubbish must be deposited here (hand sign written on two sides ).

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Railway platform Barrier - victorian Railway platform Barrier

Key words

railway platform barrier
victorian railways
puffing billy

Railway platform Barrier made of timber and steel

Historical information

Railway Platform Barrier Crowd control on railway platforms was a necessity during peak times. At times it may have been necessary to direct passengers to a certain exit or from a certain entrance on a railway platform. Where able, on occasions, two trains may have to use the one platform to ensure trains depart efficiently. To ensure the public entrain on the correct train it could be necessary to divide the platform by using a platform barrier. The barriers made of wood and steel were easily moved by platform staff and provided a substantial barrier on the railway platform.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Railway Platform Barrier

Inscriptions & Markings

Length Overall: 7' 6 9/16" ( 2300 mm ) Width: 2' 5 15/16" ( 760 mm ) Height: 4' 1 5/8" ( 1260 mm )

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 222 nqr
open medium truck with seats & canopy

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy made of steel and metal

Historical information

222 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy 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

222 NQR

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NRT1 - Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Locomotive

Key words

ruston & hornsby diesel locomotive
nrt1 diesel locomotive
nrt1
puffing billy

NRT1 - Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Locomotive made of steel and metal

Historical information

NRT1 - Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Locomotive Built in 1951 to a gauge of 3', this Ruston diesel locomotive or rail tractor operated on the State Electricity Commission of Victoria’s Kiewa scheme. Some years later, it was regauged to 2'6" and was operated by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works. NRT1 is a Ruston & Hornsby diesel locomotive, built in England in 1951 to a gauge of 3 feet, and was initially employed by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. It was later re-gauged to 2' 6" and ended it's working life in 1977 when it was transferred to Puffing Billy. In 1977, it was taken to the P.B.P.S. Steam Museum and stored until 1978 when it was taken to the Emerald Carriage Workshops. Later in 1983 it was returned to service as NRT1 following the V.R. classification procedure as a narrow-gauge rail tractor, but it had number plates installed and was painted Hawthorn green. It will eventually be painted the red of V.R. rail tractors with the number & class painted on in black. This type of locomotive was popular in many industrial locations, with their unique clutch-less 3 speed gearbox meaning the driver could control them whilst walking alongside, a bonus when shunting. Adjustable tie rods meant than as the axles moved on the springs, they followed the radius of the drive chains, reducing the chances of chain snatch LOCOMOTIVE DETAILS NRT class No. originally constructed : No. in service : 1 No. stored: Wheel arrangement : 0-4-0DM Roadworthy weight : 9T 3cwt. Maximum axle load : 4T 15cwt. Tractive effort (85%) : Length overall: 15' 6" Height overall: 10' Driving wheel diameter: 18" Date of manufacture: 1950 Manufacturer : Ruston Hornsby Place of manufacture: Lincoln, England Locomotive type : Diesel Mechanical

Significance

Historic - Industrial narrow Gauge Railway - Ruston & Hornsby diesel locomotive used by State Electricity Commission of Victoria - NRT1 - Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Locomotive

Inscriptions & Markings

NRT1 - Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Red Trolley - BN Class Trolley

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, red - trolley
bn class trolley

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

9 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 9nbh
victorian railways narrow gauge - passenger rolling stock,, victorian railways, nbh - excursion car

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

Historical information

9NBH - Excursion Car NBH SECOND-CLASS EXCURSION CAR. The H was recognising their use for "Holiday" traffic. 15 of these cars were built in 1919 and numbered 1-15. Two more were built in 1981, and numbered 16 & 17. Two extended versions for wheelchair passengers were built in 1981 & 1983. These were numbered 51 & 52 - a separate number series due to the different type of vehicle. Six, numbered 18-23, were built in 1997-98. These had steel frames, padded seats, and a wide "window sill". At first glance they look the same as the previous NBHs. There are other minor construction differences due to the use of steel framing. 18NBH entered traffic 19/4/1997; 19NBH on 5/12/1997; 20NBH on 19/12/1997, the others added in 1998. VR Service History : 8/12/1919 NWS Built new VR Service History *NBH 9.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 6/1928 - Modified AC Malco BO circa 1955 - Condemned - Puffing Billy Service History or Notes 8 Dec 1919 - Nos 7 to 15 NBH (new) delivered to UPPER FERN TREE GULLY after this date. Aug 2016 - Tread plates replaced Sept 2016 - Tread plates replaced

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

9NBH

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1 NT - Victorian Railways 2'6" Gauge Insulated Wagon

Key words

1nt
puffing billy
insulated van

timber constructed body wall cavity filled with horse hair for insulation The NT is an insulated van. The wooden body (both sides and roof) was insulated with cowhair. It had two swinging doors either side in the middle, as have the NU vans. The van was painted white, presumably to reflect heat. There was only one built.

Historical information

INSULATED wagon. Built in 1899 and numbered 1, it was the only one of its type built Service History : NTT In October 1899 a bogie insulated van was built and placed into traffic. In 1926, the class was relettered to NT. NT Obtained by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society By 1969, the vehicle was in the Menzies Creek Museum. Currently Located at Belgrave Station The NT is an insulated van. The wooden body (both sides and roof) was insulated with cowhair. It had two swinging doors either side in the middle, as have the NU vans. The van was painted white, presumably to reflect heat. There was only one built. 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 1899 Number Built 1 In use none To be restored 1

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - Insulated Wagon 1NT Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187 Puffing Billy Locomotives and Rolling Stock Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

1nt

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Number Plate - 7A

Key words

puffing billy
7a
number plate
victorian railways

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

7a

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Safety Campaign Sign - Victorian Railways Safety Campaign Sign

Key words

safety sign
puffing billy
victorian railways

Victorian Railways Safety Campaign Sign Green and white tin sign with rotating number wheels.

Historical information

Victorian Railways Safety Campaign Sign Green and white tin sign with rotating number wheels. Used to signify the number of days that there had not been an accident in the Workshop.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Safety Campaign Sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Safety Campaign Victorian Railways We Have Worked for X X X Days Without A Time Lost Injury X X X Previous Record Todays Date XX XXX

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Narrow Gauge Turntable ex 5'3" gauge newport - Narrow Gauge Turntable

Key words

turntable
victorian railways
puffing billy
emerald
newport

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Pump - Billabong Ram Pump Size #5

Key words

billabong
puffing billy
ram pump

Cast Iron Bronze valve

Historical information

Pump - Billabong Ram Pump Size #5 Based on available historical data, the Australian-made Billabong Hydraulic Ram is one of the oldest rams produced anywhere in the world The Billabong Hydraulic Ram was first introduced into Australia in 1855 by John Danks and Son Limited, John Danks & Son Pty Ltd began as a plumbing business in 1859, established by brothers John and Samuel. It occupied a prominent site in Bourke Street, Melbourne, for 100 years. The business quickly grew to include factories in Melbourne and Sydney which manufactured and supplied a variety of plumbing and engineering products such as brassware, pumps, windmills and bells. The company was registered in Victoria on 25 January 1889 to continue the hardware manufacturing and supply business founded by brothers John and Samuel Danks in 1859. The head office was based in Bourke Street, Melbourne while another branch was established in Sydney in the 1880s. The company had factories in Melbourne and Sydney. The John Danks and Son Limited catalogue published in 1890, listing Billabong Hydraulic Rams as one of its major machinery products. The catalogue also provides reference to the company’s ram experience and manufacture, beginning by stating that in 1890 they already had 35 years of experience with Billabong Hydraulic Rams. The Hydraulic Ram has stood the test of time and it remains one of the few really practical and efficient uses of natural energy today. It operates without almost any cost, will last indefinitely and, with only two moving parts, is simplicity itself. It requires minimum maintenance and minimum replacement of parts. It is not uncommon to find rams working continuously for many years without any attention. • The Rams do not require electricity, fuel or steam to operate. • They possess simplicity of construction and operation – only 2 moving parts. • Powered only by running water. • Require very minimal or almost no maintenance. • Heavy duty cast Iron base and Dome. This Pump recovered from the Clematis Creek in the Mid 1970's Used to pump water from the creek to the Paradise (Clematis) Hotel.

Significance

Historic - Farm Equipment - Used to pump water from the creek to the Paradise (Clematis) Hotel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Billabong 5

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Sign - Advertising - Coxhead Tools Pullers

Key words

coxhead tools pullers
puffing billy
sign - advertising - coxhead tools pullers

Sign - Advertising - Coxhead Tools Pullers made of paint on sheet metal

Historical information

Coxhead Tools Pullers

Significance

Historic - Industrial - Advertising Sign - Coxhead tools

Inscriptions & Markings

Tools Coxhead Pullers The Head of Quality

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Yellow Trolley - BN Class Trolley

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , yellow - trolley
bn class trolley

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

D21 - Diesel Mechanical locomotive

Key words

diesel mechanical locomotive
puffing billy
d21
v12 diesel mechanical locomotive
d21 diesel mechanical locomotive
tasmanian government railways

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Tilley Floodlight Projector - Model FL6

Key words

puffing billy
tilley floodlight projector

Tilley Floodlight Projector - Model FL6 made of metal, brass and glass and steel

Historical information

Tilley Floodlight Projector - Model FL6 It stands about a metre high, and when lit, turns out about 5,000 candle power from the parabolic mirror in the back of the lamp. manufactured between the mid 1940's and early '50's It runs on kerosene that is pressurized with the integral pump, to provide a light beam from the parabolic mirror in the back of the lamp of approximately 3,000 candle power which can project over 1/4 of a mile. It features a pressure gauge, armored glass and all steel construction.

Significance

Historic - Railways - Tilley Floodlight Projector

Inscriptions & Markings

Tilley Floodlight Projector - Model FL6

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Garden Scythe

Key words

puffing billy
garden scythe

Garden Scythe made of wrought Iron with wooden handle

Historical information

Historic - Farming - Track tool - Garden Scythe

Significance

Historic - Farming - Track tool - Garden Scythe

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

2 NAL - Rinadeena - 1st. class saloon car

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, 2 nal - rinadeena - (mt. lyell) o 2; 2 nbl - 1st. class saloon car, mt. lyell mining & railway company, lancaster railway carriage and wagon company

1st. class saloon car made of Timber and wrought iron

Historical information

2 NAL - Rinadeena - (Mt. Lyell) O 2; 2 NBL - 1st. class saloon car (20) NAL FIRST-CLASS SALOON CAR. Four saloon end-platform cars originally built during 1901–1902 by the Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd. for the 3'6" gauge Mt. Lyell Mining & Railway Company in Tasmania and classed O. Converted for use as second-class cars on the 2'6" gauge Puffing Billy Railway during 1965–1966, these cars were reclassified NBL and numbered 1–4. The L recognises their Mt. Lyell origin, No. 1 was kept for use as the Railway's VIP car and was reconditioned to a higher standard. No. 2 was similarly upgraded in 1985 for use on special occasions. In 1989 No. 3 was similarly reconditioned with No. 4 receiving similar treatment in 1995. These cars were re-classified NAL in recognition of their new first-class nature. The Mt Lyell Railway was closed in 1963 and subsequently dismantled, but fortunately several of the locomotives and carriages passed into preservation. The original Mt Lyell Railway passenger cars were obtained by the Puffing Billy Railway in the 1960's and were converted to 2' 6" gauge. They have since given many years of service on the Puffing Billy Railway. TASMANIAN CARRIAGES & GUARDS VANS No. Builder Type Year built Ex. Location Note NAL 1 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Mt Lyell NAL 2 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Rinadeena NAL 3 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Teepookana NAL 4 Lancaster Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Saloon 1901 Mt Lyell Railway Named Dubbil Barril

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge railway - Mt. Lyell Mining & Railway Company in Tasmania - 1st Class Saloon Carriage

Inscriptions & Markings

2 NAL - Rinadeena

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Drill Press - Hand Operated Drill Press

Key words

puffing billy
tools
hand tools
drill press

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.

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

8 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Key words

puffing billy
victorian railways
8 nbh
passenger carriage
excursion car
narrow gauge

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 8NBH at Emerald. This car has been restored to original condition with white canvas weather blinds,Full lenght side steps, timber toung 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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Traction Engine - Foden Compound

Key words

foden
traction engine
steam
puffing billy

Foden Compound Traction Engine - made of Steel (Painted)

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Industrial Steam Traction Engine

Inscriptions & Markings

Foden

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

6NBC - Combined Passenger and Guards Van. 2'6" Gauge

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, 6nbc - victorian railways nbc class combined passenger and guards van. 2'6" gauge

Timber body (Painted) Steel Chassis (painted) Brass Fittings (Raw) Steel Fittings (Painted)

Historical information

NBC COMBINED SECOND-CLASS PASSENGER CAR AND GUARD'S VAN. Six cars, numbered 1-6, were built during 1898-1905 and originally classed NBDBD. The D was previously the letter code for Brakevans / Guard's Vans, but was changed to C when the double-letter code was dropped in 1910. A final NBC numbered 7 was added to the fleet in 1910 In the 1910 recoding the class was relettered to NBC. The numbers were retained. Between 1926 and 1928 the cars were converted to autocoupler operation. 6NBC Used on the Upper Ferntree Gully, Wangaratta and Colac narrow gauge railways. Withdrawn from service 1951 and used as a workman's hut at Pakenham. Purchased by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and moved to Menzies Creek in 1959 Utilised as a ticket office and kiosk for the Museum from 1965 to 2010 Service History : NBDBD 6.VA - 26/ 5/1905 NWS Built new - circa 1910 - To NBC 6.VA - *NBC 6.VA - circa 1910 - Reference Photo SL20 p25 /12/1927 - Modified AC Malco BO 19/ 1/1951 - Scrapped

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock - NBC 2nd Class Passenger Car and Guard's Van

Inscriptions & Markings

6NBC

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Hudswell Clarke 1863 - MKD Number 9 , Victoria Mill "CORONATION" Steam Locomotive

Key words

coronation
puffing billy
no9
hudswell clarke
1863
steam locomotive
victoria mill
csr - colonial sugar refining co.

Steam Locomotive - 2' gauge 0-6-0 tender locomotive made of iron, steel

Historical information

1863 was the last steam locomotive built by Hudswell Clarke for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co (CSR). It was also the last steam locomotive imported Australia for use on the Queensland Cane fields It originally worked at the Victoria Mill at Ingham ,Queensland and was named "CORONATION" it was latter transferred to Macknade Mill where it was numbered "9"

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow gauge Railway - Steam locomotive - CSR - Colonial Sugar Refining Co. - Victoria Mill, Ingham, Queensland, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

1863

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

6 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Key words

puffing billy railway
nbh
narrow gauge
victorian railways
excursion car

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Twin Cylinder Engine - Belliss & Morcom Ltd, Patent Self Lubricating Engine , Birmingham

Key words

twin cylinder
engine
stationary engine
industrial stationary engine
puffing billy
fairfield no. 2 paper mill
australian paper manufactures ltd
belliss & morcom

Twin Cylinder Engine - stationary engine made of steel, wrought iron, brass

Historical information

Belliss & Morcom Ltd, Patent Self Lubricating Engine , Birmingham It was used to operate the Fairfield No. 2 Mill Paper Making machine by a rope and pulley drive.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Twin Cylinder Engine - stationary engine used to operate the Australasian Paper and Pulp Co Ltd. - Fairfield No. 2 Mill Paper Making machine by a rope and pulley drive.

Inscriptions & Markings

Belliss & Morcom Ltd, Patent Self Lubricating Engine , Birmingham

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NWT1 - Jenny - Trolley Trailer

Key words

puffing billy
trolley trailer

NWT1 - Jenny - Trolley Trailer made of Steel

Historical information

NWT1 - Jenny - Trolley Trailer Built by Puffing Billy Volunteers named after PBPS member John Thompson's wife Jenny built on the frame of an old casey trolley . previous no. NWTC-1

Significance

Puffing Billy Railway - Narrow Gauge Track maintenance Vehicle - Trolley Trailer

Inscriptions & Markings

NWT1 - Jenny

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

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

Key words

puffing billy
industrial narrow gauge railway
rail tractor
days engineering
cheetham salt,
petrol rail tractor

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Wheelbarrow - Fritsch, Holzer & Company Brickworks

Key words

puffing billy, pbr,
wheelbarrow - fritsch, holzer & company brickworks
fritsch, holzer & company

Wheelbarrow - Timber frame with Iron bracing and wheel.

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Narrow Gauge Industrial Brickworks Equipment - Victoria, Australia

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

TACL - Erica State Sawmill Rail Tractor

Key words

erica sawmill
puffing billy
tacl
rail tractor
tractor appliance co. ltd. (malcolm moore)
industrial narrow gauge railway
tyers valley tramway
forests commission of victoria

Rail Tractor with Fordson engine coupled by a chain drive to the two axles - made of steel and wrought iron

Historical information

TACL-Tractor Appliance Company Limited TACL rail tractors manufactured by Malcolm Moore of Port Melbourne Located in the Parishes of Moondarra and Telbit, Gippsland, the tramway terminated at Collins Siding on the Moe Walhalla 2'6"gauge branch of the Victorian Railways. Its construction by the Forests Commission of Victoria was to facilitate the extraction of timber from the Southern and Western slopes of Mount Erica and to replace the outlet tramways destroyed during the disastrous forest fires of February 1926. Tyers Valley Tramway The line, following the Eastern arm of the river, passed Ingrams Siding (7m.) to terminate at a forest area, known as "Ten Acre Block", 8m. 60c. from Collins Siding. The western branch of the line followed the Western Tyers Valley to Growlers Creek, 13m. 40c. from Collins Siding. THE T.A.C.L. TRACTORS at Tyers Valley tramway. On the 19th January 1928, T.A.C.L. locomotive, purchased from Tractor Appliance Co. Ltd. (Malcolm Moore), was delivered. This unit had a 20 h.p. Fordson engine coupled by a chain drive to the two axles, providing a tractive effort of approx. 2000lbs. Wheelbase was 5’ and weight was four tons. It was intended that the two tractor locomotives, working with the grade, would deliver timber from the branch lines to Tyers Junction, from which place it would be steam hauled out to the Collins Siding transfer point. Following a breakdown of the steam locomotive, haulage during the early months of 1928 was carried out by the T.A.C.L. unit, supplemented by the Nattrass, which was, by this time, becoming unreliable. During April 1928, after ensuring that no suitable locomotive was available in Australia, an order was placed with the Climax Manufacturing Co., U.S.A. for the supply of a geared locomotive. A second T.A.C.L. engine was purchased during May and, on the 27th, the local mill owners, having obtained running rights on the tramway, commenced haulage with the Harman. The three tractor units worked the branch lines and transported ballast, whilst the Harman hauled the timber to Collins Siding in rakes of eight trucks (56 tons). The weekly loading of the line for the first, second and third weeks were 54, 62 and 71 trucks respectively. info from : http://www.nmra.org.au/tyersvalley/Tyers-Tram.html

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow gauge Railway - Timber working - Rail Tractor used by the the Forests Commission of Victoria on the Tyers Valley Tramway

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Carriage Sign - Milk Advertising

Key words

nbh
puffing billy
milk
advertising

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek