"More musings and photo page" Belgrave Travelogue by sirgaw

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The quiet of Gembrook is shattered when the loco blasts its piercing whistle and lets everyone know the Puffing Billy has arrived from the 'big smoke' of Belgrave. Here's 14A beside the water tank and all steamed up ready to shunt onto the set of carriages for the return to Belgrave - ALL ABOARD PLEASE

He's 87 and still going strong - Les Fenwick has recently notched up 20 years of service to PBR. Here he is standing waiting to check the tickets and hopefully sold in the Booking Office on wheels - 2 NBC a treasure from the past (built 1899) and well preserved for future generations. For a complete list of rolling stock, please visit the rolling stock section of the Puffing Billy web site - enjoy.

2 NBC sitting waiting to be taken to Emerald carriage workshops for a bit of spit and polish . . .

. . . and the interior working section . . .

. . . and don't eat too much or else you really won't fit in the loo!! (believe me its very narrow, but then again it is a narrow gauge line)

There are 2 large timber trestle bridges on the line. The more famous is only a few minutes out of Belgrave (main photo on my Belgrave page), however a higher bridge is located between Wright and Cockatoo stations. There are a few other smaller bridges too.

Look closely at number on the gate of the home on the outskirts of the vast metropolis of Gembrook - it is none other than the fleet number of one of the famous N class locos that used to ply the line between Upper Fern Tree Gully and Gembrook - no doubt the owners are keen Puffing Billy 'nuts' and just like the rest of us. On the left side of the photo is the bonnet of a 4 WD drive with "mum and 2 kids" who spent the day train chasing. We saw them at every level crossing on the way back to Belgrave.

These little parrots are so cheeky. This little guy had just eaten a potato chip (crisp if you prefer( and was ready for more. Happily perched on the crossing gate and would stay there even when the gate is being opened or closed. The Crimson Rosella's are almost a tourist attraction in their own right - and certainly keep volunteers and visitors entertained.

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