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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Wagga Weekly features “Train Spotting at 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 …

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2016/4870 – One of the problems is evident from the steam escaping from the piston glands as the loco is powered upgrade.

Train Spotting @ Pete’s Hobby Railway for Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2018

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 …

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Image 2017.5026: Volunteer Matt looks on as the Boiler Inspector peers into one of the wash-out plug opening on the firebox of the Fowler locomotive.

Progress Report No. 38 – Boiler Inspections

Short Cut: Watch video footage coverage of the Hunslet undergoing trials after the recent boiler inspection! As covered in Progress Report No. 36, in mid-October last, Pete’s Hobby Railway Hunslet 0-4-2T B/n 1187 of 1915 was prepared in anticipation of its annual boiler inspection shortly afterwards. At the time of the issue of the first …

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Image 2017.4950: Spreading the surplus ballast, ready for under-packing sleepers to super-elevate the curve.

Progress Report No. 37 – Platform Waiting Room Construction Works Commence (Plus Updates)

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 …

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Image 2017-4819: Wash-out water pours from the open plugs as Bill checks for contaminants.

Progress Report 36: Boiler Inspection Time

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 …

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Extract from Page 15 of Narrow Gauge World, June 2017

Narrow Gauge World mentions Pete’s Hobby Railway

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 …

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Image 2017.4140: Ben gets a photo.

Train Spotting during School Holidays

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 …

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Image 2017.4116: The Hunslet as at the new temporary terminus of the track extension… Matt and Dave are in the cab, while Rhys keeps an eye on his trackwork from yesterday.

Progress Report No. 35 – Obtaining a coal supply and Lunch from the Fireman’s Shovel!

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 …

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Image 2017.3260: The stuffing box was then reassembled and steam-tested.

Progress Report 34 – Continuing problems with the Hunslet!

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 …

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