Pete’s Hobby Railway, Junee is exactly that — a small 2-ft (610mm) gauge railway owned and operated as a hobby by myself, Peter Neve, on private property at Junee in southern NSW (Australia). Pete’s Hobby Railway was “officially” opened at a Grand Opening Event, as part of my 75th birthday celebrations on Monday, February 6, …Continue reading "Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee"
With a nice warm spring day forecast again for this coming Thursday, and before school holidays finish, an operational day is planned for Pete’s Hobby Railway. Both the 102-year old Hunslet steam locomotive and the Ruston diesel locomotive will be used to haul our carriages across now 400m+ length of track in service in Peter’s …Continue reading "Train Spotting during School Holidays"
Obtaining a coal supply Until now, the Hunslet “Torpedo” had been steamed using cut firewood obtained locally, split as required to be more manageable for the firebox. A very small amount of coal had been obtained last year from the Illawarra Light Railway at Albion Park on the South Coast, followed subsequently by a slight …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 35 – Obtaining a coal supply and Lunch from the Fireman’s Shovel!"
While the primary plan for the week following the return of my Hunslet steam locomotive from Ainsworth Engineering at Goulburn on Friday 7th July was the track extension works, there was obviously a strong desire to steam the locomotive for further trials. Tuesday 11th July was set down for the initial steaming. Meanwhile, as detailed …Continue reading "Progress Report 34 – Continuing problems with the Hunslet!"
With a nice warm spring day forecast for this coming Monday, an operational day is planned for Pete’s Hobby Railway. This will also be an opportunity to run the train over the full length of the recently extended track, now in excess of 400 metres in length and crossing my front driveway twice. Weather conditions …Continue reading "Steaming ahead on new track, plus a Bon Fire!"
Pete’s Hobby Railway was featured in Volume 18,the Spring 2017 edition, of Central West Lifestyle magazine in an article entitled “one-track mind” This issue highlighted various attractions in and around Coolamon and Junee. The article covering Pete’s Hobby Railway was “the last word” feature item, appearing as the last article of the issue, on the …Continue reading "One-Track Mind – Central West Lifestyle Magazine"
Heavy and physical construction work on Pete’s Hobby Railway is limited to brief and intervals when Mario (with his heavy machinery – bulldozer, crane, road roller and truck) is available to assist. When this does happen, it is a case of calling in all volunteers available to help out. With Mario available for a week …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 33 – Track Extensions"
Michael Costigan of MC3801 Productions visited the 2017 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival and has submitted a video of his visit to YouTube. Michael visited many of the train related activities over the weeking, including visiting Pete’s Hobby Railway. The image he captured of Pete’s Hobby Railway commence at 22:52 and features the Hunslet steam …Continue reading "Michael Costigan captures us at Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2017"
Following advice from Ainsworth Engineering that the caulking of the firebox weep had finally been successfully completed together with other adjustments and modifications, followed by a static steaming test, arrangements were put in hand for “Torpedo” (Hunslet 0-4-2T, B/n 1187 of 1915) to be collected from Goulburn and returned to Pete’s Hobby Railway at Junee. …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 32 – The Hunslet returns!"
Three Days — Eleven Locations, culminating with the Grand Opening of Pete’s Hobby Railway! This is the story about how one little idea and a comment from Nicholas grew in to a massive Three Day Extravaganza! Visit to Wagga Rail Heritage Museum, including BBQ Lunch Visit to RAAF Base Wagga Heritage Centre Visit to Ladysmith …Continue reading "Peter’s 75th Birthday – A Three Day Extravaganza!"
The June 2017 issue of Light Railways, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc, featured Pete’s Hobby Railway on Pages 36-37 in their Heritage & Tourist News section. The article covers the Grand Opening and Peter’s 75th Birthday celebrations as well as a general overview of the development of …Continue reading "Light Railway – Heritage & Tourist News"