Puffing Billy Stairs and Walkway

We recently completed an installation of FRP stairs and walkway at Puffy Billy located in Emerald, Vic. The installation was carried out with Ace Contractors and Animal Carpentry

Puffing Billy is a steam railway located in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, one hour east of Melbourne. Originally build in 1900 to serve local people living in the ranges. It is now a major tourist attraction, open everyday except Christmas Day.

As part of an upgrade project to improve the walking track, FRP stairs and walkway were installed. The substructure for the stairs and walkway were constructed from MaxiSTRUCT profiles. The walking surface utilised MaxiGRATE micro mesh, for a safe and comfortable surface.

FRP stairs and walkway
FRP stairs and walkway
Puffing Billy MaxiSTRUCT FRP stairs and walkway
FRP stairs and walkway - industrial grating

All of the parts were pre-cut and drilled to allow for easy assembly onsite. 

Parts getting laid out for assembly onsite.

Puffing Billy Parts for FRP stairs and walkway
Puffing Billy Walkway

MaxiSTRUCT substructure being assembled.  The substructure provides a lightweight, yet strong base that follows the contours of the slope.

Puffing Billy Substructure
Puffing Billy Substructure

MaxiGRATE micro mesh walkway surface being installed. Each of the panel were pre cut for ease of installation. Being lightweight they are also easy to move around the work site.

FRP stairs and walkway
Micromesh FRP stairs and walkway
FRP stairs and walkway
Stairs and walkway
FRP stairs positioned in the trees

As with all of the FRP products from Composite Engineering MaxiGRATE and MaxiSTRUCT are ideally suited to being installed outside. Each of the products are UV stable, corrosion resistant, and required virtually zero maintenance. They are also flame resistant and carry a flame-spread index (rating) of 25 or less when tested in accordance with the ASTM E-84 standard, while also meeting the ASTM D-635 extinguishing requirements.

Although not required for this project,  the products also have good chemical resistance, non conductive to both heat and electricity.

MaxiGRATE and MaxiSTRUCT logo
MaxiRAIL and MaxiLADDER logo

For more information on MaxiGRATE and MaxiSTRUCT products, please check out our brochures. Or give us a call and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you.