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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The greater majority of the photographic images that have appeared in the various Progress and other Reports on this web page have originated from your truly. All this was to change last October! Two “outsiders” visited Pete’s Hobby Railway and have since released videos on to YouTube of what they saw.
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The January-February 2023 issue of the UK journal “Narrow Gauge World” includes the attached report on Pete’s Hobby Railway. It is a single page article that covers some of the news from our Progress Report #70
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The Short Version After almost two years out of use owing to COVID, “Torpedo” has been steamed again, passing trials with flying colours, thanks to a number of valued supporters of Pete’s Hobby Railway.
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Hunslet locomotive “Torpedo” (B/n. 1187 of 1915) was booked for a boiler inspection to take place on Easter Saturday, 16th April 2022. This date had been nominated by our Boiler Inspector as he had a spare date in between a major commercial inspection and testing in Wagga Wagga over Easter. The previous Certificate of Inspection …
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It’s been a bit of a break in the Refuge Siding, however – at last, another Progress Report! This article was originally written on Thursday, April 07, 2022, but wasn’t published at that time. It was then updated on December 12, 2022 and resubmitted to Nicholas for publication, when he was available] [Editor’s note: My …
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A group of Peter’s friends and the volunteers of Pete’s Hobby Railway will gather on Sunday, October 2, 2022 as part of the celebrations for the Junee Roundhouse’s 75th Anniversary.
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Pete’s Hobby Railway, and the Junee area in general, is now emerging from the winter months, with day-time temperatures low. Often heavy cloud with even minor winds provides an uncomfortable chill factor. A general lockdown (stay-at-home) imposed by the State Government owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped matters, but was lifted in this …
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A short guest authored article, supplied by Phil. When it comes to keeping company you can rely on ‘man’s best friend’. On any day whether it be running or working, their presence is always welcome. Free to wander Pete’s property they’re never far from your side. You‘ll always find one of the dogs lying quietly …
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The Short Version Monday April 19, 2021 saw the operation of a weedicide special over the current full operating length of Pete’s Hobby Railway at Junee in the Riverina area of NSW. Unlike in previous recent years, Junee has been blessed with frequent good rains, followed by periods of warm but not heatwave summer sun. …
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