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.Continue reading "Progress Report 72: Torpedo Returns to Steam!"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 71: Preparing for Boiler Inspection"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 70: A Ballast Wagon for Pete’s Hobby Railway"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 69: Site works, Torpedo, and the Fowler"
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. …Continue reading "Progress Report 68: The PHR Weedicide Special"
“Is the impossible, possible? How did PHR turn a 5.5m wheel base bogie goods wagon on its 5m radius turntable?” The short version The ingenuity of our volunteers did it successfully. Sorry – but how they did it, you will need to read the full Report!Continue reading "Progress Report 67: Is the impossible, possible?"
This report covers a couple of assorted updates and happenings at Pete’s Hobby Railway.Continue reading "Progress Report 66: Assorted Updates and Happenings"
Short Version Track from Turntable to 1 Road within storage shed laid, connected and tested with locomotive. Temporarily laid 4 Road track off turntable permanently spiked. 3 Road partially laid and also in use.Continue reading "Progress Report 65: Turntable and Associated Track Work"
Something a little different for this Report! PHR is fortunate to have among is volunteers, one who owns a drone. Very occasionally he has the time to take to the air with his mobile phone attached to the drone, resulting in some interesting and unusual aerial images of Pete’s Hobby Railway. Thank you, Josh, for …Continue reading "Progress Report 64: Pete’s Hobby Railway from the Air"
Saturday, November 11, 2020 saw the mercury reaching 40.9° Celsius at 1314 hours. Precisely one hour later, at 1414, a mini-cyclone struck, with just 1.76mm of driving rain. It was all over within a minute or so — even the washing on my clothes line was not blown away, but was rather damp! The outside …Continue reading "Progress Report 63: Mini-Cyclone Hits Pete’s Hobby Railway"