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, …Continue reading "Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee"
Preliminary works to allow for the construction of the 1914 era NSWGR Unattended Platform Waiting Shed commenced on Thursday 9th November. As has been covered previously in various Progress Reports, Junee Shire Council gave its Development Consent some months ago for the construction of this simple structure – a replica of what existed (at least …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 37 – Platform Waiting Room Construction Works Commence (Plus Updates)"
It is hard to believe that it is almost twelve months since PHR’s steam locomotive “Torpedo” (Hunslet 1187/1915) received its initial boiler ticket following its major overhaul during 2015/2016. With the visit from the Boiler Inspector slotted in for next week, it was necessary for “Torpedo” to be prepared internally, and this meant a really …Continue reading "Progress Report 36: Boiler Inspection Time"
The July 2017 (Issue 122) edition of Narrow Gauge World contains a brief mention of Pete’s Hobby Railway on Page 15. The image included with the article shows the Hunslet breaking the formal ribbon during during our Grand Opening Celebrations. We’ve attached a scan of Page 15 in its’ entirety plus a larger scan of …Continue reading "Narrow Gauge World mentions Pete’s Hobby Railway"
With a nice warm spring day forecast again for this coming Thursday, and before school holidays finish, an operational day is planned for Pete’s Hobby Railway. Both the 102-year old Hunslet steam locomotive and the Ruston diesel locomotive will be used to haul our carriages across now 400m+ length of track in service in Peter’s …Continue reading "Train Spotting during School Holidays"
Obtaining a coal supply Until now, the Hunslet “Torpedo” had been steamed using cut firewood obtained locally, split as required to be more manageable for the firebox. A very small amount of coal had been obtained last year from the Illawarra Light Railway at Albion Park on the South Coast, followed subsequently by a slight …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 35 – Obtaining a coal supply and Lunch from the Fireman’s Shovel!"
While the primary plan for the week following the return of my Hunslet steam locomotive from Ainsworth Engineering at Goulburn on Friday 7th July was the track extension works, there was obviously a strong desire to steam the locomotive for further trials. Tuesday 11th July was set down for the initial steaming. Meanwhile, as detailed …Continue reading "Progress Report 34 – Continuing problems with the Hunslet!"
With a nice warm spring day forecast for this coming Monday, an operational day is planned for Pete’s Hobby Railway. This will also be an opportunity to run the train over the full length of the recently extended track, now in excess of 400 metres in length and crossing my front driveway twice. Weather conditions …Continue reading "Steaming ahead on new track, plus a Bon Fire!"
Pete’s Hobby Railway was featured in Volume 18,the Spring 2017 edition, of Central West Lifestyle magazine in an article entitled “one-track mind” This issue highlighted various attractions in and around Coolamon and Junee. The article covering Pete’s Hobby Railway was “the last word” feature item, appearing as the last article of the issue, on the …Continue reading "One-Track Mind – Central West Lifestyle Magazine"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 33 – Track Extensions"
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 …Continue reading "Michael Costigan captures us at Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2017"