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"
The short Report Stage 1 of beautification works at Loftus station have commenced.Continue reading "Progress Report 62: Beautification Works Commence at Loftus Station"
Doubtless, 2020 will become known as the Year of the Covid. As it thankfully draws to a close with the dreaded disease all-but-beaten here in Australia, we at Pete’s Hobby Railway thought the least we could do to make things a little brighter was to get involved with our town’s Christmas Lighting Decorations competition.Continue reading "Progress Report 61: Christmas (in the Year of the Covid)"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 60: Turntable Access to Shed"
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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 59: Bogie goods vehicle obtained"
The short version: Electrical works within new rolling stock storage shed undertaken, internal fit-out completed, first items moved inside shed. The longer version: Covers in greater illustrated detail what has been achieved.Continue reading "Progress Report 58: Rolling Stock Shed Fit Out"
A brief encounter… “TORPEDO” returns to active service… and then withdrawn again.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"
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"