Progress Report 68: The PHR Weedicide Special

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. …

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Progress Report 64: Pete’s Hobby Railway from the Air

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 …

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Progress Report 63: Mini-Cyclone Hits Pete’s Hobby Railway

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 …

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Progress Report 61: Christmas (in the Year of the Covid)

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.

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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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