The Puffing Billy three foot Gauge Railroad is situated in the Dandenong Ranges approximately 50 kilometers East of Melbourne. The railroad was built to assist farmers and graziers who moved out of Melbourne in the 1980's move produce to and from markets in Melbourne.
Following a landslide way back in the 50's the RR which was then owned by the Victorian Railways was shut down due to a lack of funds and desire.
A determined group of volunteers set about to lobby the State Government and the railways and after many years were able to form a group of people willing to take the project on. Finally after many years the VR handed control over to this group and so this famous RR was once again underway. After many years of hard toil the Puffing Billy was re-opened to the public and has not looked back since.
Today Puffing Billy is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Victoria with hundreds flocking to have a ride on this world famous Narrow Gauge Railroad each and every day.
Alan Rockett's Puffing Billy layout just has to be seen to be believed. Those of us that have had the good fortune to do so come away in amazement the way Alan has truthfully captured the look and feel of this iconic RR.
All of Alan's locomotives, rolling stock, buildings along with the horse drawn coaches, horses and many many other items are all scratch built. His rendition of the iconic Australian Gum tree that grows in the hill around Belgrave and all through the Dandenongs are masterpieces.
So sit back and watch as I have tried to capture to excellence of Alan's work.
Thanks for stopping by.