Pete’s Hobby Railway, Junee is exactly that — a small 2-ft (610mm) gauge railway owned and operated as a hobby by myself 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, 2017. It …Continue reading "Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee"
This is another Progress Report which cover a couple of “little things” that have occurred during recent months that cannot make up a single Report on each topic. Covering a weed-killing special, constructing a mini interim inspection pit and how not to fire a steam locomotive! A site was selected and on …Continue reading "Progress Report 40: A Catch-up"
A group of Peter’s friends and the volunteers of Pete’s Hobby Railway will gather on Saturday, June 30, 2018 to help Peter and the team celebrate the Grand Opening of the new 1915-style Unattended Waiting Shed that has been constructed on Lotus Station platform. We will also be operating on Sunday July 1st, 2018 and …Continue reading "Train Spotting — June 30 & July 1, 2018"
As part of National Volunteers Week, Friday 25th May saw our local Junee Shire Council host a Volunteers’ Summit. This took place in the town’s heritage-listed Athenium Theatre. The first instalment of Pete’s Hobby Railway acknowledgement of National Volunteer Week can be found here. Junee Volunteers’ Summit About a hundred attended the function from (reportedly) …Continue reading "Volunteers’ Week 2018 — Part 2"
This week throughout Australia has been designated as National Volunteers Week during which we acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. From 21–27 May 2018, thousands of events were held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration included breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and …Continue reading "PHR and Volunteers’ Week 2018"
Commencing last year, I arranged a public operating weekend for Pete’s Hobby Railway in conjunction with Junee’s annual Rhythm n Rail Festival, held over the second weekend in March. This operation is promoted as “train spotting at Pete’s Hobby Railway”, since the public can only view from outside the front fence. For the 2018 RnR, …Continue reading "Progress Report No 39 — Preparing for the 2018 Rhythm n Rail Festival"
The May-July 2018 issue of Track + Signal reported that former Deputy Prime Minister and avowed railway enthusiast Tim Fischer called in to “a private railway in southern NSW Riverina town of Junee” on Friday March 9, 2018. That “private railway” was Pete’s Hobby Railway 😉 Mr Fischer was in Junee to officially to launch …Continue reading "Rhythm n Rail festival’s special guest"
We will be operating our fully restored 1915 Hunslet steam locomotive* and Ruston diesel locomotive on Tuesday April 24, 2018 providing plenty of opportunities for visitors passing through Junee for the School Holidays to do some “train spotting” and to take photos or video of them in operation. Train Spotting Times Tuesday, April 24, 2018 …Continue reading "Train Spotting @ Pete’s Hobby Railway – April 24, 2018"
Pete’s Hobby Railway at Junee received a surprise visitor last Friday afternoon in the guise of former Deputy Prime Minister, and avowed railway enthusiast, The Hon. Tim Fischer AC. As the Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival’s long term patron, Mr. Fischer was in town to officially launch the Festival’s 10th anniversary at a special event …Continue reading "Former Deputy PM visits Pete’s Hobby Railway"
The Wagga Weekly’s February 9, 2018 issue, had a full page feature highlighting a selection of events occurring over the 2018 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival. Pete’s Hobby Railway was one of these events, with a section entitled, “Train Spotting at Pete’s Hobby Railway”. You can view the article below. Other Rhythm n Rail events …Continue reading "Wagga Weekly features “Train Spotting at Pete’s Hobby Railway”"
Train Spotting at Pete’s Hobby Railway In order to help out in the promotion of Junee as the “1870s railway town”, Pete, with the assistance of his volunteers, has undertaken to demonstrate Pete’s Hobby Railway over the 2018 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival weekend — March 9-11, 2018. We will be operating our fully restored …Continue reading "Train Spotting @ Pete’s Hobby Railway for Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2018"