G’day! Let me introduce you to my live-steam narrow gauge hobby railway… Pete’s Hobby Railway is a small 2-ft (610mm) gauge railway located on private property at Junee in southern NSW (Australia). Locomotives, steam and diesel, formerly used in the canefield tramways of Queensland, have found a new home on Pete’s Hobby Railway. The first …Continue reading "Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee"
Pete’s Hobby Railway, and the Junee area in general, is now emerging from the winter months, with day-time temperatures low. Often heavy cloud with even minor winds provides an uncomfortable chill factor. A general lockdown (stay-at-home) imposed by the State Government owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped matters, but was lifted in this …Continue reading "Progress Report 69: Site works, Torpedo, and the Fowler"
A short guest authored article, supplied by Phil. When it comes to keeping company you can rely on ‘man’s best friend’. On any day whether it be running or working, their presence is always welcome. Free to wander Pete’s property they’re never far from your side. You‘ll always find one of the dogs lying quietly …Continue reading "Pete’s Hobby Railway Companions"
Pete’s Hobby Railway was featured on the Front Cover of June 2021 issue of Light Railways.Continue reading "Pete’s Hobby Railway featured on Front Cover of June 2021 issue of Light Railways"
The Short Version Monday April 19, 2021 saw the operation of a weedicide special over the current full operating length of Pete’s Hobby Railway at Junee in the Riverina area of NSW. Unlike in previous recent years, Junee has been blessed with frequent good rains, followed by periods of warm but not heatwave summer sun. …Continue reading "Progress Report 68: The PHR Weedicide Special"
Our friends at the Junee Roundhouse Museum (officially known as Junee – Regional Heritage Transport Assoc Junee Inc) are looking at raising funds to undertake vital restoration and maintenance works in the lead up to their 75th Anniversary next year. As part of their fundraising efforts, they have been nominated as part of Essential Energy’s …Continue reading "Please help the Junee Roundhouse Museum!"
“Is the impossible, possible? How did PHR turn a 5.5m wheel base bogie goods wagon on its 5m radius turntable?” The short version The ingenuity of our volunteers did it successfully. Sorry – but how they did it, you will need to read the full Report!Continue reading "Progress Report 67: Is the impossible, possible?"
This report covers a couple of assorted updates and happenings at Pete’s Hobby Railway.Continue reading "Progress Report 66: Assorted Updates and Happenings"
Short Version Track from Turntable to 1 Road within storage shed laid, connected and tested with locomotive. Temporarily laid 4 Road track off turntable permanently spiked. 3 Road partially laid and also in use.Continue reading "Progress Report 65: Turntable and Associated Track Work"
Something a little different for this Report! PHR is fortunate to have among is volunteers, one who owns a drone. Very occasionally he has the time to take to the air with his mobile phone attached to the drone, resulting in some interesting and unusual aerial images of Pete’s Hobby Railway. Thank you, Josh, for …Continue reading "Progress Report 64: Pete’s Hobby Railway from the Air"
Saturday, November 11, 2020 saw the mercury reaching 40.9° Celsius at 1314 hours. Precisely one hour later, at 1414, a mini-cyclone struck, with just 1.76mm of driving rain. It was all over within a minute or so — even the washing on my clothes line was not blown away, but was rather damp! The outside …Continue reading "Progress Report 63: Mini-Cyclone Hits Pete’s Hobby Railway"