Image T0322: Time for the initial light engine trials with Matt at the throttle.

Progress Report No 39 — Preparing for the 2018 Rhythm n Rail Festival

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, …

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Image 2017.5026: Volunteer Matt looks on as the Boiler Inspector peers into one of the wash-out plug opening on the firebox of the Fowler locomotive.

Progress Report No. 38 – Boiler Inspections

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 …

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Image 2017.4950: Spreading the surplus ballast, ready for under-packing sleepers to super-elevate the curve.

Progress Report No. 37 – Platform Waiting Room Construction Works Commence (Plus Updates)

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 …

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Image 2017-4819: Wash-out water pours from the open plugs as Bill checks for contaminants.

Progress Report 36: Boiler Inspection Time

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 …

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Image 2017.4116: The Hunslet as at the new temporary terminus of the track extension… Matt and Dave are in the cab, while Rhys keeps an eye on his trackwork from yesterday.

Progress Report No. 35 – Obtaining a coal supply and Lunch from the Fireman’s Shovel!

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 …

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Image 2017.3260: The stuffing box was then reassembled and steam-tested.

Progress Report 34 – Continuing problems with the Hunslet!

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 …

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Progress Report No. 32 – The Hunslet returns!

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. …

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