2016-3087: a weak sun emerged from behind the clouds for a few minutes, allowing me to grab a couple of photos in sunlight!

Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee

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, …

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Image 2017-3218: The first test train and “Torpedo 2” at the very temporary end-of-track. The Hunslet was not in steam.

Progress Report No. 33 – Track Extensions

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 …

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Michael Costigan captures us at Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2017

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 …

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Progress Report No. 32 – The Hunslet returns!

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. …

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Peter’s 75th Birthday – A Three Day Extravaganza!

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 …

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Light Railway Issue 255 Page 37

Light Railway – Heritage & Tourist News

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 …

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Image 2017.1913: My Hunslet shares space within Ainsworth Engineering’s heritage workshop with a rather large traction engine.

Progress Report 29 – The Hunslet at Goulburn

The Hunslet at Goulburn A trip to Sydney on Tuesday 4th April enabled a brief stopover at Goulburn to inspect progress with the modifications and adjustments to my Hunslet steam locomotive following operational experience gained after its major overhaul in 2015-16. Post-overhaul adjustments include; Caulking of a minor steam weep at the front left of …

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Image 3928: With Mario supervising and Ben carefully guiding, the Hunslet is gently lowered on to the trailer. Observe the use of thick rubber pads which prevented the chains from biting into the frame of the locomotive.

Progress Report 28: The Hunslet leaves Junee!

As covered in recent Progress Reports, several small but niggling problems had developed since the initial steaming of the Hunslet late last year, culminating in the discovery of a weep from the front of the firebox. Until such time as the Storage Shed with inspection pit and overhead crane are constructed, anything other than the …

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