Emerald Tourist Railway Board

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Puffing Billy at Belgrave

Photo by Michael Greenhill

The Emerald Tourist Railway Act 1977 (No 9020) established the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (ETRB) with responsibility for the "preservation, development, promotion and maintenance of the narrow gauge steam railway (known as Puffing Billy) and for the operation management and control of the service thereon for public recreational purposes."

The ETRB consists of four members nominated by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society (PBPS), one nominated by the Minister of Transport, and other members appointed by the Government. The ETR Act is administered by the Tourism Ministry.

Before 1977, the Victorian Railways ran Puffing Billy with the assistance of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society.

While the Board owns and controls all Puffing Billy assets and is the policy making authority, a Management Committee has been established to run the day-to-day operation of the railway. In addition, the Puffing Billy Preservation Society has an elected Executive Committee.

ETRB BY-LAWS: Download a copy of the ETRB By-Law No. 2.

ETRB 2017 ANNUAL REPORT: Download a copy here