Progress Report 60: Turntable Access to Shed

Short Version Physical turntable installation completed. Basic track access from main line laid and connected. Initial track laid from turntable into Storage Shed laid over servicing pit. Hunslet steam locomotive now stowed under cover. Very temporary additional tracks off turntable for rolling stock storage. Additional works in progress prior to completion of project. Turntable tracks …

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Image 2020.1258: With Ben in charge, the Ruston slowly propels the new addition up the 1 in 22 grade to its interim open storage location at the temporary end-of-track.

Progress Report 59: Bogie goods vehicle obtained

Friday, 28th August saw Pete’s Hobby Railway take delivery of its first bogie vehicle — an open goods wagon which last saw service many years ago on the Innisfail Tramway in North Queensland. It is one of approximately 110 built between 1900 and 1953. Known as H-type open goods wagons because of their similarity to …

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Image 2020.0859: “Torpedo” moves under its own steam for the first time in 18 months. Thursday, 25/06/2020, 1230 hours.

Progress Report 57: Torpedo returns to active service — briefly

A brief encounter… “TORPEDO” returns to active service… and then withdrawn again.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.

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Image 2019.2297: View of completed rolling stock storage shed. Wednesday, 18th September 2019.

Progress Report 55: Rolling Stock Storage Shed Completed

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 …

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Image 2019.2214A: No, the Ruston diesel has not caught fire!

Progress Report 54 — Other Happenings and a Passing

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 …

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Image 2019.0202: Water, water everywhere – including in the temporary inspection pit. In the background are what we have called the Burke Mountain Ranges after two of our volunteers. This comprises the soil and underlay cleared to provide the level base for the Storage Shed and the approach tracks. Tuesday, 5th February 2019.

Progress Report 53: Shed Construction Finally Under Way — After Delays

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 …

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Storage Shed Frame at Pete's Hobby Railway

Progress Report 52: Highlights Update

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. …

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Image 2018.2697: Rhys is loading coal into the side bunker of the Hunslet while Ben stands guard as steam is raised. Wednesday, 10th October 2018.

Progress Report 51: Hunslet steam locomotive out of service for a while

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 …

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