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"
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 …Continue reading "Train Spotting @ Pete’s Hobby Railway for Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival 2018"
A Work Day is proposed to be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 between 9:00am and 4:00pm. A group of volunteers will be assisting Peter prepare Pete’s Hobby Railway for possible operations (or exhibition) over the Junee Rhythm n Rail festival weekend – March 9-11 2018. As this is a Work Day, there are no …Continue reading "Work Day – Friday, March 9, 2018"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 38 – Boiler Inspections"
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!"