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 …Continue reading "Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway – Junee"
A brief encounter… “TORPEDO” returns to active service… and then withdrawn again. The Short Version After 18 months out of service with steam turret problems, PHR’s Hunslet steam locomotive “Torpedo” ran successful trials fitted with a new steam turret on Thursday 25th June.Continue reading "Progress Report 57: Torpedo returns to active service — briefly"
You are reading it here first — Pete’s Hobby Railway is proposing the sale of our 2-ft gauge “Perry” steam locomotive!Continue reading "PHR proposes sale of Perry locomotive"
Short Version Pete’s Hobby Railway wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the donation by Transport Heritage NSW of an original builder’s plate once carried by our Fowler steam locomotive “Perth”.Continue reading "Original “Perth” builder’s plate donated to Pete’s Hobby Railway"
Short Version Construction has commenced of the turntable pit for the installation of the previously built turntable which will provide railed access into the new Storage Shed.Continue reading "Progress Report 56: Turntable Pit Commenced"
The Short Version! Pete’s Hobby Railway now has its own engine and storage shed, 10 metres wide and 14 metres long, complete with two internal rail tracks, one of which includes a lengthy inspection pit. Yes, there is still much to be done before it can be fully commissioned -– a permanent electricity supply installed …Continue reading "Progress Report 55: Rolling Stock Storage Shed Completed"
December 3, 2019 This Progress Report catches up on some of the other happenings of recent months on Pete’s Hobby Railway. The Short Version Delivery has been taken of a specifically constructed turntable along with a pallet load of new recycled plastic sleepers. Progress on the overhaul of the Fowler steam locomotive has slowed dramatically …Continue reading "Progress Report 54 — Other Happenings and a Passing"
The short version Progress Report 50 of 1st March this year discussed the background story to the selection of the final design for the engine shed and storage facility for Pete’s Hobby Railway. Following initial site clearing, there was some delay until work commenced in earnest in mid-June. As early July, the servicing pit itself …Continue reading "Progress Report 53: Shed Construction Finally Under Way — After Delays"
Pete’s Hobby Railway joins, with other rail enthusiast groups and the rest of Australia, in mourning the passing, last Wednesday evening (August 21, 2019) at the age of 73, of former Deputy Prime Minister and long-time railway “tragic” The Hon. Tim Fischer AC from acute myeloid leukaemia.Continue reading "Vale The Hon. Tim Fischer AC"
On behalf of Train Control, I apologise for the lengthy gap in my Progress Reports. As an explanation, during this six month period, I have been in and out of hospital three times — including one, through the Emergency Department resulting in a 10-days stop-over. I am still on “light duties” following a bowel operation. …Continue reading "Progress Report 52: Highlights Update"
Pete’s Hobby Railway Hunslet steam locomotive out of service for a while and this Progress Report explains why — first with a short version, followed by a far longer and more detailed explanation… The short version A trial steaming of PHR’s operating steam locomotive, Hunslet 1187/1915 “Torpedo”, on Thursday, 21st February, following the fitting of …Continue reading "Progress Report 51: Hunslet steam locomotive out of service for a while"