Image 2018.1551: We made it, just in time! The Hunslet passing the completed structure. Note the "Stopping of Trains" signage and green banner (both genuine!) for intending passengers to indicate to the driver that they wish to board. The cameraman from the local WIN television station is getting the coverage. Official opening day, Saturday 30th June 2018.

Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee

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 …

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Progress Report 64: Pete’s Hobby Railway from the Air

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 …

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Progress Report 63: Mini-Cyclone Hits Pete’s Hobby Railway

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 …

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Pete’s Hobby Railway Calendar 2021 available for sale

For several years, Pete’s Hobby Railway has been distributing an annual rail-oriented Calendar to its regular volunteers as my way of saying “thank you”. Topics in past years have been of PHR itself or of railway operations, past and present, in the Riverina area of NSW. For the 2021 calendar year, I am proposing to …

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Progress Report 61: Christmas (in the Year of the Covid)

Doubtless, 2020 will become known as the Year of the Covid. As it thankfully draws to a close with the dreaded disease all-but-beaten here in Australia, we at Pete’s Hobby Railway thought the least we could do to make things a little brighter was to get involved with our town’s Christmas Lighting Decorations competition.

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Progress Report 60: Turntable Access to Shed

Short Version Physical turntable installation completed. Basic track access from main line laid and connected. Initial track laid from turntable into Storage Shed laid over servicing pit. Hunslet steam locomotive now stowed under cover. Very temporary additional tracks off turntable for rolling stock storage. Additional works in progress prior to completion of project. Turntable tracks …

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Image 2020.1258: With Ben in charge, the Ruston slowly propels the new addition up the 1 in 22 grade to its interim open storage location at the temporary end-of-track.

Progress Report 59: Bogie goods vehicle obtained

Friday, 28th August saw Pete’s Hobby Railway take delivery of its first bogie vehicle — an open goods wagon which last saw service many years ago on the Innisfail Tramway in North Queensland. It is one of approximately 110 built between 1900 and 1953. Known as H-type open goods wagons because of their similarity to …

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Perry Locomotive “Chiverton” sold to Timbertown

PHR announces the results of the EOI for disposal of Perry steam locomotive and tender: With a more than a little reluctance, Pete’s Hobby Railway is however pleased to announce that Timbertown Wauchope is the successful applicant for purchase of PHR’s Perry-built steam locomotive. Under the provisions of the Expression of Interest, Timbertown has exercised …

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