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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.

344 items

Wagon - Explosives

Key words

explosives wagon
puffing billy
commonwealth explosives factory
maribyrnong explosives factory

Explosives Wagon - Four wheel wagon with timber frame, copper water tanks and bronze wheels.

Historical information

18½-inch (460mm) gauge wagon came from the Commonwealth Explosives factory at Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s western suburbs. It has gun-metal wheels, as avoiding sparks was understandably a priority in an explosives factory. It also has water tanks to drip water on the wheels as an added precaution

Significance

Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway - Commonwealth Explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Axle Box Cover - Tasmanian Main Line Co.

Key words

axle, tasmanian main line railway, axle box, tasmania, main line,

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 -

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Hammer

Key words

large, mechanical, steam, hammer

Large metal mechanical steam hammer. made of iron & wrought iron

Historical information

Steam hammers, invented by Englishman John Naysmith in 1841, made possible the forging of heavy iron bars and greatly reduced the physical labour required in forging. The hammers could vary in capacity (drop-force) from 400 pounds [lbs.] (181 kg) to 400 Tons (406.3 tonnes) and were once a part of most major engineering works. The Victorian Railways, from where the Museum exhibit came, used many hammers of varying sizes, their largest being at Newport Workshops measuring 30 feet (9.1 metres) high by 15 feet (4.6 metres) wide. Steam Hammers have made forging of heavy iron bars possible and has greatly reduced the physical labour required in forging.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Industrial Steam Hammer

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Lathe - Gap Bed

Key words

bevan & edwards pty,ltd machinery merchants melbourne
puffing billy

Gap Bed Lathe - Grey with raw steel parts and a timber cupboard with gears and tools.

Historical information

Possibly ex Victorian Railways Newport workshops Supplied by Bevan & Edwards Machinery Merchants, Melbourne Sebastian Lathes Described by its makers as the Utility School, Garage and Repair-shop Lathe, the machine immediately below, a Sebastian 15" (circa 1910 - 1926) was the Company's cheapest offering and, in its basic form, lacked a compound slide rest, the tailstock did not set over for taper turning and the bed lacked a gap. However, a friction-type countershaft unit was included in the price as well as a tool post, faceplate, drive plate, changewheels for screwcutting and a small tool kit. As with modern cars (especially BMW) everything worthwhile was on the options' list and by spending more it was possible to specify all those small but important extras. Although in its lowest-cost form this model was reduced to the fundamentals required for a useable, screwcutting centre (engine) lathe it was still reasonably specified and would certainly have fulfilled many requirements when installed in a school or training workshop. The true swing was 15.25", it was properly backgeared and screwcutting was through a conventional tumble-reverse mechanism that allowed both left and right-hand powered movement to the carriage by altering the position of just one lever. As standard it accepted 40" between centres, but any capacity could be ordered, in foot intervals, up to a maximum of 88" - when it is hoped that a central bed support might have been included …… The spindle, which ran in white-metal bearings, had a useful 15/8" hole and a No. 3 Morse taper centre. Some models appear to have had the leadscrew clasp-nut lever on the right-hand side of the apron, while on others it was positioned to the left.. Early Sebastian 13-inch lathe Typical of the Centre or "Engine" lathe made by many manufacturers from the late 1800s until the late 1930s, the basic flat-belt drive Sebastian, with separate countershaft, was eventually relegated to the economy end of the Company's range by the introduction of geared headstocks and self-contained motor-drive systems.

Significance

Historic - Industrial Machinery - Gap Bed Lathe - Possibly ex Victorian Railways Newport workshops - Purchased and supplied from Bevan & Edwards

Inscriptions & Markings

Bevan & Edwards PTY,LTD Machinery Merchants Melbourne (possible government tag) 365

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

18 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 18 nbh
narrow gauge - passenger rolling stock, passenger carriage - excursion car

18 NBH Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Historical information

18NBH - Excursion Car (28) Puffing Billy Service History or Notes Between 1979 and 1988 the Puffing Billy railway built six more NBHs, numbered 18-23. These had steel frames, padded seats, and a wide "window sill". At first glance they look the same as the previous NBHs. There are other minor construction differences due to the use of steel framing. 18NBH entered traffic on 19/4/1997; Currently these six steel framed NBHs (numbers 18-23) are being modified to provide double doors and space for wheel chairs at one end. The photo on the right shows the exterior of one such NBH. These have a seating capacity of 24 passengers.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway Narrow Gauge - Passenger Rolling Stock: Excursion Car

Inscriptions & Markings

18NBH

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

221 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 221 nqr

221 NQR - Open medium truck with seats & canopy made of Steel and metal

Historical information

221 NQR - Open medium trucks with seats & canopy (28) 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. Mar 2013 - A metal roof is being fitted. July 2016 - Upholstering of the seats in progress Link to Heritage / Period Photos PBR Workshop Blog report Tuesday, November 1, 2016 NQR Revised - making them more comfortable for passengers http://puffingbillyworkshops.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/nqr-revised.html

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

221 NQR

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Train Destination Disc

Key words

puffing billy
destination disc
victorian railways
lilydale, belgrave lines

Train Destination Disc Round tin sign painted white with a black cross on white background and a mounting bracket on the rear. Placed on the front of trains prior to the mid 1970s to advise a Signalman in the Signal Box the destination of the train.

Historical information

Train Destination Disc Until the 1980s Melbourne suburban trains used a system of discs by day, and illuminated market lights by night, to indicate their destination. Placed on the front of trains to advise a Signalman in the Signal Box the destination of the train. This disk was used on NK1 the Whitfield Motor when it was used by Puffing Billy Railway Info from the diagrams from the 1953 Victorian Railways General Appendix. Black + is Lilydale, Belgrave other Destination Disks were Disks Williamstown Black II Newport Workshops Red = Changed in 76 to Black + Newport-Altona shuttle Red X Werribee Red X St Albans Black X Upfield Black = Broadmeadows Originally Red X changed in 1976 to Red = Epping Black II Hurstbridge Red X Lilydale, Belgrave Black + Alamein Black X Glen Waverley Black = Dandenong Black II Frankston Red = Sandringham Red X St Kilda Originally Black II changed in 1976 to Red X Port Melbourne Red X changed in 1976 to Black X Flinders St - Spencer St Local Red II Showgrounds Red = plus extra white disk on opposite front disk bracket; if only one event, Display Large White 1 and yellow side disk with set number. If two events, second event special trains flip this disk and show large Black Disk with white numeral 2 Race Special Red = plus extra white disk on opposite front disk bracket; if only one event, Display Large White 1 and yellow side disk with set number. If two events, second event special trains flip this disk and show large Black Disk with white numeral 2 For example, Flemington Race trains and Caulfield Race trains on the same day. Flemington carries Red = and White 1 and yellow set number on the side Caulfield carries Red = and Black 2 with yellow set number disc on the side. There was one disc which was never to be used in normal traffic, that was the "Red Cross"; it was reserved for Red Cross trains only.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Destination Disk - Black cross - Lilydale, Belgrave Lines This disk was used on NK1 the Whitfield Motor when it was used by Puffing Billy Railway

Inscriptions & Markings

Black Cross

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Railway Track Tool

Key words

puffing billy
railway track tool

Railway Track Tool made of forged iron

Historical information

Railway Track Tool Rail is heavy, sometimes as much as 120lbs per yard. To assist in being able to move rail, a special bar was developed. Using the handle as a lever, one section clamps onto the rail, allowing it to be moved.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Railway Track Tool

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Two 20th Great Train Race Medals - unissued - 29 April 2001 - 100 years

Key words

pbr great race medals

Two 20th Great Race Medals - unissued - 29 April 2001 - 100 years Made of Metal with raised design and lettering on Green ribbion

Historical information

Two 20th Great Race Medals - unissued - 29 April 2001 - 100 years 18 December 1900 - 18 December 2000 100 Years 29 April 2001 Proudly sponsored by Connex 20th Great Train Race

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Great Race Medals 2001

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy 18 December 1900 - 18 December 2000 100 Years 29 April 2001 Proudly sponsored by Connex 20th Great Train Race

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NKs 5 - Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge trolly

Key words

trolley
nks5
puffing billy
victorian railways
narrow gauge
2'6" gauge
trolly

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

C2N Type Trolly - Former Victorian Railways Gauge 2'6"

Key words

c2n
trolley
victorian railways
hand power
narrow gauge
puffing billy
trolly

C2N Type Trolly - Victorian Railways Gauge 2'6" Trolly Has a flat piece of wood that you would stand on with four metal wheels, one under each corner.

Historical information

This type of trolly is known to date from prior to 1910 and were in use before petrol engines were used to transport workmen along the railway lines. The exhibit was located at Colac in 1961, after being used on the Colac to Beech Forest and Crowes narrow gauge railway. This type of trolly was built in two versions; one for the Victorian Railways broad gauge lines, and one for the narrow gauge lines.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways narrow gauge - track work vehicle. This vehicle was used in the days before petrol engines were used to drive vehicles transporting workmen along the railway line.

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NSWTD Railway Marker Oil lamp, No.1 RA

Key words

puffing billy railway , pbr, nswtd railway marker oil lamp, no.1 ra

NSWTD Railway Marker lamp, No.1 RA made of metal and Glass Railway lamp, paraffin, metal/glass/fabric, used for attaching to railway rolling stock to mark the end of the train, made by the New South Wales Transport Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1870 - 1970 This lamp comprises a hollow cube of metal. One lens at the front transmits light from an interior light source. Fuel was either signal oil or kerosene. The burner inside the lamp used either cotton or felt wicks to create the light source. The lamp has a carry handle for carrying by hand and a bracket with a slot on the back for hanging onto the hook of a locomotive or item of rolling stock. It is marked "NSWTD" which stands for New South Wales Transport Department.

Historical information

NSWTD Railway Marker OIl lamp, No.1 RA Oil burning lamps have always been an important part of Australian railway signalling systems and have been used for communication, safety and lighting. It is called a marker lamp and was hung on rolling stock (carriages and wagons) such as the guard’s van to indicate the rear of the train at night. They were also used to indicate the rear of steam locomotive tenders for identification and safety purposes. This type of lamp was introduced to the railways around 1860 and continued to be used for over one hundred years. Oil lamps were phased out on the railways during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when they were replaced by battery lamps. Railway lighting included not only stations but yards, engines, rolling stock, signals, signal-boxes and crossings. There were a number of different types of lamps used for a variety of railway purposes.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

NSWTD 1 RA

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

14A Number Plate

Key words

puffing billy
14a
number plate

Number Plate 14A Rectangular black and brass number plate. Cast brass number board.

Historical information

Number Plate 14A Loco: 14A In service Thursday, 25th June 1914 Withdrawn April 1962 Livery Red Owner Puffing Billy Gauge 762 Status Preserved - Operational 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.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Locomotive Number Plate used on Steam Locomotive 14A

Inscriptions & Markings

14A

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

NGG16 No.129 - Garratt Steam Locomotive

Key words

puffing billy
beyer peacock
beyer peacock & co garratt ngg16 no.129 build no.7430
narrow gauge
steam locomotive
garratt locomotive
garratt ng129
garratt ngg16 no.129

Steam Locomotive - 2-6-2+2-6-2 Beyer Peacock & Co Garratt NGG16 No.129 build No.7430 made of steel, wrought iron and iron

Historical information

Steam Locomotive - 2-6-2 2-6-2 Beyer Peacock & Co Garratt NGG16 No.129 build No. 7430 Loco - Garratt NG129 Date acquired - 1996 Acquired from - South African Railways State when acquired - Work done - Currently being rebuilt to 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge as a backup for G42. Expected Return to service in 2019. Restored to service - Current State - Currently being Rebuilt It was built by Beyer Peacock & Co of Manchester (builder's No.7430 of 1951) to their "Beyer Garratt" patented design of articulated steam locomotive. The South African Railways Class NG G16 2-6-2+2-6-2 of 1937 is a narrow gauge steam locomotive. Between 1937 and 1968, the South African Railways placed 34 Class NG G16 Garratt articulated steam locomotives with a 2-6-2+2-6-2 Double Prairie type wheel arrangement in service on the Avontuur Railway and on the Natal narrow gauge lines - The third order was for a further seven locomotives in 1951, numbered in the range from NG125 to NG131, once again from Beyer, Peacock. These and the subsequent locomotives had welded water and coal bunkers and flat-topped water tanks with rounded top side edges. The Beyer, Peacock locomotives ordered by the SAR, numbers NG109 to NG116 and NG125 to NG131, were shared more or less equally between the Natal and Avontuur lines

Significance

Historic - Overseas - South African - Narrow Gauge Railways - Steam Locomotive

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Fire Beater - Ganger's

Key words

puffing billy
fire beater

Ganger's Fire Beater made of timber handle with canvas strips attached

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ganger's - Trolly Turntable

Key words

puffing billy
ganger's trolley turntable
trolley
trolly

Ganger's Trolly Turntable made of wood with wrought iron fittings

Historical information

Ganger's Trolly Turntable When a railway gangers trolly was working between railway stations, occasionally it was required for the line to be clear for trains to operate. Many trollys were too heavy to physically lift off the track, so a turntable was needed. These were provided at designated locations, and in some cases the trolly had a turntable on board. The turntable would be placed on the rails and the trolley driven onto it. The turntable would then be rotated 90 degrees by human power and the trolley pushed off on to a prepared set of rails on the side of the line. The turntable would then be removed from the track allowing trains to run through that section. The gang could then get on with the work required near that location.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Ganger's Trolly Turntable

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy 30 Years

Key words

puffing billy
head board

Locomotive Head Board - Puffing Billy 30 Years White round tin head board with black vinyl letters.

Historical information

used to Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Belgrave to Menzies Creek line reopening

Significance

used to Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Belgrave to Menzies Creek line reopening

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy 30 Years 1962-1992 Belgrave - Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Steam Driven Weir Pump

Key words

puffing billy
weir
steam pump

Steam Driven Weir Pump Green and Black with metal parts.

Historical information

Weir Pumps - these types of vertical pumps were used extensively with both land and marine steam pumps. The pumps were also used for various duties from pumping oil fuel and feed water for boilers, to draining bilges on steam ship[s They are a single cylinder, double acting vertical pumps used by G. & J. Weir Ltd. , of Cathcart, Glasgow

Significance

Historic - Weir Vertical Pump

Inscriptions & Markings

No. B49717

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Station Sign - Puffing Billy Direction Trains to Belgrave - Emerald & Lakeside

Key words

puffing billy
menzies creek
station sign

Station Sign - Puffing Billy Direction Trains to Belgrave - Emerald & Lakeside Large rectangle wooden sign

Historical information

Station Sign - Puffing Billy Direction Trains At Menzies Creek, a Puffing Billy train has had to pass another train since 1966, due to a single line in operation from Belgrave or Emerald / Lakeside / Cockatoo / Gembrook to enable more trains to operate. When two trains passed at Menzies Creek, to assist passengers to travel on the correct train, this sign was erected. The arrows pointed towards the direction of travel as well as the locomotive that was hauling the train. This sign dates from 1975 when the line was re-opened to Lakeside.

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Station Sign used at Menzies Creek to show next station direction

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy Trains to BELGRAVE Trains to EMERALD & LAKESIDE

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Key words

puffing billy, pbr, rolling stock , 1 nnn bogie ballast hooper truck
tasmanian government railways
3 qg bogie ballast hopper truck

1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck made of Steel and metal

Historical information

NNN - BALLAST HOPPER, This vehicle was built by the Tasmanian Govt. Railways in 1954 and classified QG. A number were obtained by the Puffing Billy Railway for use on ballast trains but to date, only two have been converted. When the first of these was converted for 2’6” gauge operation it kept the Tasmanian QG but with the addition of an N prefix, and also kept its Tasmanian number of 3. However, to follow traditional V.R. practice, in June 2003 it was reclassified to NNN and numbered 1 as the nearest counterpart on the V.R. was the broad-gauge NN. A second one, numbered 2, has since been converted. 1 NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Service History Built 1954 Tasmanian Railways - QR 3 - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck converted from a 3ft 6 inch (1,068 mm) gauge ex Tasmanian Railways ballast wagon by the Puffing Billy railway. Coupled Length 20 feet 0 inches (6100 mm) Weight 6 tons Capacity 10 tons Number Built Not known In use 1 To be restored 3 Puffing Billy Service History or Notes

Significance

Historic - Tasmanian Government Railways - 3 QG Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck Puffing Billy Railway - Track maintenance Vehicle - NNN - Bogie Ballast Hopper Truck

Inscriptions & Markings

1NNN

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

13 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Key words

puffing billy railway, pbr, rolling stock , 13nbh, victorian railways narrow gauge - passenger rolling stock,, victorian railways, nbh - excursion car,

13 NBH - Passenger Carriage - Excursion Car

Historical information

13NBH - 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 13.VA - 8/12/1919 NWS Built new - / 4/1928 - 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.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

13NBH

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery

Key words

puffing billy
menzies creek
scoop
hermon

Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery made of Metal

Historical information

Metal Horse drawn scoop from Hermon’s nursery at Menzies Creek. The Land on which the Menzies Creek railway station and Museum are built on was once apart of James Hermon's & his son William Hermon's property on which Horse drawn scoops of this type would have been used.

Significance

Historic - industrial Farm equipment used on the farm of James Hermon & his son William Hermon on which the museum is built

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Warning Lamp - Appletons Patent Railway

Key words

puffing billy
appleton warning lamp
lamp

Appletons Patent Railway Warning Lamp made of tin & metal and glass

Historical information

Appletons Patent Railway Warning Lamp with Sherwood Style burner Used by Gangers during track work at night Appletons was an early pioneer of railway lamp signal lamp Alfred Edward Appleton invented and patented the Spinner Railway signal lamp in England in 1897. Appleton lamps were patented and manufactured by Alfred Edward Appleton at a factory in Sherwood during the early 1920's to late 50's and widely used throughout Queensland Railways. Alfred Edward Appleton's father was a railway pointsman and porter on the Great Western Railway in Tewkesbury England

Significance

Historic - Early Hand signalling Lantern

Inscriptions & Markings

Appletons Patent

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Vertical Pump - Weir

Key words

puffing billy
weir vertical pump
victoria brewery

Weir Vertical Pump - Large Steel Pump

Historical information

Weir Pumps - these types of vertical pumps were used extensively with both land and marine steam pumps. The pumps were also used for various duties from pumping oil fuel and feed water for boilers, to draining bilges on steam ship[s They are a single cylinder, double acting vertical pumps used by G. & J. Weir Ltd. , of Cathcart, Glasgow The large pump serial number 231703 was built in 1948 and worked at the old Victoria Brewery in East Melbourne before coming to the Museum in 1985.

Significance

Historic - Weir Vertical Pump used at the old Victoria Brewery in East Melbourne The large pump serial number 231703 was built in 1948 and worked at the old Victoria Brewery in East Melbourne before coming to the Museum in 1985.

Inscriptions & Markings

Weir

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

ME1 - Victorian Railways 2'6" Gauge Trolly

Key words

me 1
trolley
victorian railway
2'6" gauge
puffing billy
trolly

Motorised small rectangular trolly made of wood and wrought iron

Historical information

It was constructed on a former Victorian Railways NKS type underframe and powered by a single cylinder, 500 cc B.S.A. side valve motorcycle engine to drive axle by roller chains through an 'Ariel Square Four' gearbox and has traveled on all four 2'6" narrow gauge lines that operated in the state of Victoria.

Significance

Historic - Narrow Gauge Railway - Track Patrol Vehicle used by Puffing Billy Preservation Society and made from parts of a Victorian Railways track patrol vehicle

Inscriptions & Markings

ME1 P.B.P.S Track Construction Department

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Tecoma Station Sign

Key words

puffing billy
station sign
tecoma station

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

Historical information

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

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways Station sign used at Tecoma Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Tecoma

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Toilet Roll Holder - 1 NBC

Key words

puffing billy
1 nbc toilet roll holder

1 NBC Toilet Roll Holder made of cast wrought iron

Historical information

1 NBC Toilet Roll Holder Toilet roll holder that was located in 1 NBC when obtained in the 1990s Carriage 1 NBC was built 4/ 2/1899 NWS Built new at Newport Workshops

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Carriage Toilet Roll Holder from 1 NBC carriage

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Serving Trolley - replica Refreshment Services

Key words

puffing billy
serving trolley
replica
dining cart
refreshment services
victorian railways

Replica large wooden serving cart with fitted wooden cabinet featuring sliding glass doors and one glass shelf. Cart has chrome handles, two wooden shelves, a wooden drawer with chrome handle and a small chalkboard adhered to end. Cart has four small black rubber and metal wheels and a metal foot brake.

Historical information

The Refreshment Services Branch was established in 1920, and initially focused on providing station-based refreshment rooms and the dining car service. Its scope expanded to include diverse activities such as stall rental; sales of advertising space on railways infrastructure; laundry services; operation of a hair-dressing salon, a bakery, a butchery and a poultry farm; and the management of the chalet guesthouse at Mt Buffalo. The majority of staff worked in refreshment rooms and dining cars, both of which were a popular feature of the railway service. Previous to 1920 refreshment services had been provided by contractors, but after many complaints the Department decided to provide a standardised service across the system. It grew quickly: five years after it was established the Branch employed approximately 500 staff. Station refreshment facilities ranged from elaborate dining rooms to decorated push-carts. They were staffed predominately by women, who provided everything from a cup of tea to a three course meal. Most refreshment room services were closed in the 1970s. Reference from : Fielding, K. (2012) Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch in Museums Victoria Collections http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/11470

Significance

Historic - Replica of a a Victorian Railways Refreshment Services Serving Trolley used on Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Malcolm Moore No. 1013 - Four Wheel Diesel Rail Tractor Gauge 2'0"

Key words

diesel rail tractor
puffing billy
inkerman mill
industrial narrow gauge railway
gauge 2’0”
inkerman sugar mill
australian army

Diesel Rail Tractor made of iron and wrought iron

Historical information

Malcolm Moore No. 1013 Four wheel Diesel Rail Tractor Gauge 2'0" Malcolm Moore rail tractor (Builder’s Number 1013) It was built for the Australian Army in 1943. It was sold to the Inkerman Sugar Mill in Queensland around 1948 for hauling cane and shunting at the works. This rail tractor was originally powered by a Ford side valve V8 petrol engine. It was purchased from the Inkerman Mill of Pioneer Sugar Mills in 1982.

Significance

Historic - Industrial narrow gauge Railway - Diesel Rail Tractor - used by the Australian Army and Inkerman Sugar Mill in Queensland

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Platform Barrier - Victorian Railways

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