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"
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!"
Heavy and physical construction work on Pete’s Hobby Railway is limited to brief and intervals when Mario (with his heavy machinery – bulldozer, crane, road roller and truck) is available to assist. When this does happen, it is a case of calling in all volunteers available to help out. With Mario available for a week …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 33 – Track Extensions"
Following advice from Ainsworth Engineering that the caulking of the firebox weep had finally been successfully completed together with other adjustments and modifications, followed by a static steaming test, arrangements were put in hand for “Torpedo” (Hunslet 0-4-2T, B/n 1187 of 1915) to be collected from Goulburn and returned to Pete’s Hobby Railway at Junee. …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 32 – The Hunslet returns!"
We had a problem with the Pete’s Hobby Railway web page over the last weekend (10th-11th June) – naturally it occurred while both myself and Nick (who looks after the page) were away from Junee in Sydney, and so could not immediately resolve the issue. I’m pleased to say that the problem has been sorted …Continue reading "Progress Report 31"
As covered in Progress Reports 28 and 29, my Hunslet 0-4-2T left Pete’s Hobby Railway on Monday, 3rd April last (immediately following Junee’s Rhythm n Rail weekend) for Ainsworth Engineering at Goulburn. Two separate slow-motion videos of the loading have now been attached to Progress Report 28 – taken from differing angles, the loading was …Continue reading "Progress Report 30"
The Hunslet at Goulburn A trip to Sydney on Tuesday 4th April enabled a brief stopover at Goulburn to inspect progress with the modifications and adjustments to my Hunslet steam locomotive following operational experience gained after its major overhaul in 2015-16. Post-overhaul adjustments include; Caulking of a minor steam weep at the front left of …Continue reading "Progress Report 29 – The Hunslet at Goulburn"
As covered in recent Progress Reports, several small but niggling problems had developed since the initial steaming of the Hunslet late last year, culminating in the discovery of a weep from the front of the firebox. Until such time as the Storage Shed with inspection pit and overhead crane are constructed, anything other than the …Continue reading "Progress Report 28: The Hunslet leaves Junee!"
As part of the 2017 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival, Pete’s Hobby Railway conducted our first two publicised Operating Days, where we operated the trains and had the public visitors to the Rhythm n Festival viewing, from the street, the Hunslet steam locomotive and the Ruston Diesel locomotive hauling our passenger carriages. We even had …Continue reading "Progress Report 27 – Our First Public Viewing Days"