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 …Continue reading "Progress Report 44: Waiting Shed for Loftus — Official Opening"
Preliminary Works As covered in Progress Report No. 37 of 14/11/2017, construction works commenced on Thursday 9th November, with a hired-in bob-cat excavating for the concrete floor base of the waiting shed. At that time, it was anticipated that the waiting room would be completed in time for an official opening in conjunction with the …Continue reading "Progress Report 43: Waiting Shed for Loftus — the Construction"
When Pete’s Hobby Railway was officially opened in February last year as part of my 75th Birthday celebrations, the only infrastructure (apart from the initial section of track itself) was a very basic station or platform. What is the difference between a platform and a station? I don’t know… is it the lack of supporting …Continue reading "Progress Report 42: Waiting Shed for Loftus — What type of Building?"
The July 6, 2018 issue of Your Local Weekly Torque featured a massive FOUR pages (out of 16) of coverage of Pete’s Hobby Railway. Kieren Tilly, the “Torque Big Wheel” attended the Grand Opening of the new 1915-style Unattended Waiting Shed that has been constructed on Loftus Station platform. The front cover featured a photo …Continue reading "Torque July 6, 2018 – Four Pages of Coverage"
For the second year running, Pete’s Hobby Railway participated in Junee’s annual Rhythm n Rail Festival, this year held over the weekend of March 9-11, 2018. Preliminaries so far as PHR were concerned have already been covered in Progress Report No. 39. On this occasion, PHR also accepted an invitation to be included in the …Continue reading "Progress Report 41: 2018 Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival"
Win News Riverina visited Pete’s Hobby Railway on the morning of our new Waiting Shed opening (Saturday June 30, 2018) and aired a short news item about it on Monday, July 2, 2018. Nicholas, our Events Co-ordinator, and Peter, as Owner of Pete’s Hobby Railway, were both interviewed and footage of some of Peter’s friends …Continue reading "Win News Riverina covers Waiting Shed Opening"
The July 5, 2018 issue of the Junee Southern Cross featured Pete’s Hobby Railway three times. First was a “News Headline Banner” on the 4-page wrap around advertising feature for the paper’s new Digital Subscriptions. Then the the Featured Image on the regular Front Page showcased Peter standing in front of the Perry Steam Locomotive …Continue reading "Peter brings love of railways to his home"
This is another Progress Report which cover a couple of “little things” that have occurred during recent months that cannot make up a single Report on each topic. Covering a weed-killing special, constructing a mini interim inspection pit and how not to fire a steam locomotive! A site was selected and on …Continue reading "Progress Report 40: A Catch-up"
A group of Peter’s friends and the volunteers of Pete’s Hobby Railway will gather on Saturday, June 30, 2018 to help Peter and the team celebrate the Grand Opening of the new 1915-style Unattended Waiting Shed that has been constructed on Lotus Station platform. We will also be operating on Sunday July 1st, 2018 and …Continue reading "Train Spotting — June 30 & July 1, 2018"
As part of National Volunteers Week, Friday 25th May saw our local Junee Shire Council host a Volunteers’ Summit. This took place in the town’s heritage-listed Athenium Theatre. The first instalment of Pete’s Hobby Railway acknowledgement of National Volunteer Week can be found here. Junee Volunteers’ Summit About a hundred attended the function from (reportedly) …Continue reading "Volunteers’ Week 2018 — Part 2"