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"
The July 6, 2018 issue of Your Local Weekly Torque featured a massive FOUR pages (out of 16) of coverage of Pete’s Hobby Railway. Kieren Tilly, the “Torque Big Wheel” attended the Grand Opening of the new 1915-style Unattended Waiting Shed that has been constructed on Loftus Station platform. The front cover featured a photo …Continue reading "Torque July 6, 2018 – Four Pages of Coverage"
For the second year running, Pete’s Hobby Railway participated in Junee’s annual Rhythm n Rail Festival, this year held over the weekend of March 9-11, 2018. Preliminaries so far as PHR were concerned have already been covered in Progress Report No. 39. On this occasion, PHR also accepted an invitation to be included in the …Continue reading "Progress Report 41: 2018 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival"
Win News Riverina visited Pete’s Hobby Railway on the morning of our new Waiting Shed opening (Saturday June 30, 2018) and aired a short news item about it on Monday, July 2, 2018. Nicholas, our Events Co-ordinator, and Peter, as Owner of Pete’s Hobby Railway, were both interviewed and footage of some of Peter’s friends …Continue reading "Win News Riverina covers Waiting Shed Opening"
The July 5, 2018 issue of the Junee Southern Cross featured Pete’s Hobby Railway three times. First was a “News Headline Banner” on the 4-page wrap around advertising feature for the paper’s new Digital Subscriptions. Then the the Featured Image on the regular Front Page showcased Peter standing in front of the Perry Steam Locomotive …Continue reading "Peter brings love of railways to his home"
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"