Commencing last year, I arranged a public operating weekend for Pete’s Hobby Railway in conjunction with Junee’s annual Rhythm n Rail Festival, held over the second weekend in March. This operation is promoted as “train spotting at Pete’s Hobby Railway”, since the public can only view from outside the front fence. For the 2018 RnR, …Continue reading "Progress Report No 39 — Preparing for the 2018 Rhythm n Rail Festival"
Short Cut: Watch video footage coverage of the Hunslet undergoing trials after the recent boiler inspection! As covered in Progress Report No. 36, in mid-October last, Pete’s Hobby Railway Hunslet 0-4-2T B/n 1187 of 1915 was prepared in anticipation of its annual boiler inspection shortly afterwards. At the time of the issue of the first …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 38 – Boiler Inspections"
Preliminary works to allow for the construction of the 1914 era NSWGR Unattended Platform Waiting Shed commenced on Thursday 9th November. As has been covered previously in various Progress Reports, Junee Shire Council gave its Development Consent some months ago for the construction of this simple structure – a replica of what existed (at least …Continue reading "Progress Report No. 37 – Platform Waiting Room Construction Works Commence (Plus Updates)"
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"