Image 2019-0230: Boring the first whole for the foundations for the engine shed / storage facility on Friday 8/2/2019.

Progress Report 50: Engine Shed Construction Commences – Finally!

The short version Wonderful News! At long last, work has commenced on the construction of the engine shed and storage facility for Pete’s Hobby Railway. Following the levelling of the depot site and the approval by Council of structural plans, initial construction of the 14m long by 10m wide concrete floor commenced on Friday 8th …

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Pete's Hobby Railway 2019 Calendar -- Front Cover

Pete’s Hobby Railway 2019 Calendar

 — First Division Introduction: Welcome to Pete’s Hobby Railway Calendar for 2019. This is the first of my annual calendars to be specifically devoted to my “Pete’s Hobby Railway”. Hopefully, it won’t be the last! The calendar is produced by a commercial photo camera laboratory (for the second year, through Harvey Norman in Wagga, as …

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Image 2018.3382: Santa surrenders his reindeer to wait for the train. He will have a long wait, as Pete’s Hobby Railway is not permitted to operate at night. Have to call the reindeer back!

Progress Report No 49 — “All work and no play”

…PHR’s volunteers let their hair down It’s the festive season, and unlike in the Northern Hemisphere with its freezing temperatures, Pete’s Hobby Railway is located in Junee, the Riverina in NSW, Australia, and it is mid-summer… and at times, HOT! And that is with a capital “H”. While I prepare these notes, the outside temperature …

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Image 2018-2159: Boiler washout. Friday, 7/9/2018.

Progress Report 48: Restoring the Fowler

This Report covers recent progress with the overhaul and restoration back to operational condition of 2-ft gauge John Fowler 0-6-0TT B/n 8766 of 1900, one of the collection of Pete’s Hobby Railway. As covered in my previous Progress Report 47 (dated 12/09/2018), I had decided to prepare a second steam locomotive in the Pete’s Hobby …

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Image 2018.1789: …and is gently lowered to the ground, to rest on stacked sleepers.

Progress Report 47: The Mysteries of Fowler 8766 — Assistance sought!

Previous Progress Report No. 46 posted on 1/9/2018 covered the works undertaken to prepare Fowler 0-6-0 TT locomotive 8766 of 1900 to allow a detailed boiler inspection to be undertaken, with the idea of restoring the engine to operational condition for occasional use on Pete’s Hobby Railway. Inspection of the boiler (out of the frame) …

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Image 2018.1663: Ready for the next stage. Wednesday 4/7/2018.

Progress Report 46: Preliminary Work commences on Fowler locomotive restoration

Apart from the currently working Hunslet 0-4-2T (B/n 1187 of 1915), Pete’s Hobby Railway possesses two other steam locomotives, both non-operational and on static display at the front of the property behind Loftus station. These are a Fowler 0-6-0TT (B/n 8766 of 1900) and an 0-6-2T, built by Perry Engineering in South Australia in 1938, …

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Aerial view of Pete's Hobby Railway by Scott Kirkwood

An aerial look at Pete’s Hobby Railway

It was during our Rhythm n Rail operating weekend earlier this year that Scott Kirkwood, a friend of one of our regular volunteers, offered to take an aerial photograph of Pete’s Hobby Railway using his drone. The end result was most impressive and will certainly explain better than my waffling-on, the construction stage that had …

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Image 7. The green banner is used by Steph to officially stop the first train to pick up passengers at this “unattended” platform. “Unattended” means that there were no staff allocated to the station and that (on the “big railway”) trains would only stop if signalled to do so by intending passengers.

Progress Report 44: Waiting Shed for Loftus — Official Opening

Saturday afternoon, 30th June, saw the official opening of the just-completed 1914 era replica waiting shed at Pete’s Hobby Railway. We were honoured to have the opening undertaken by our local State Member of Parliament, Steph Cooke MP, Member for Cootamundra. Weather conditions were, to say the least, a little cool, but at least the …

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