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 Rhythm n Rail Street Parade, held on the Saturday morning. It was obvious that we could not take the steam or diesel locomotives, so accordingly the fettler’s trike Torpedo 2 was man-handled into my two-wheel trailer, while Nick made up two A4 size laminated labels to attach to my car doors.
Ben drove in the Parade, while I gave the royal wave from the passenger’s side. I would like to have had two volunteers “pumping” the trike, but following a risk assessment, I decided against same. The Parade commenced on the eastern side of town, across the railway level crossing (timed so as not to conflict with any timetabled train movements), then down Broadway, the main street, before dissipating. Nick, now in his alter-ego as President of the Rhythm n Rail Festival Committee, reviewed the Parade from his review stand at the start of Broadway!
All too soon, the weekend was over, leaving Pete’s Hobby Railway to go into hibernation until “next time” — currently planned for the weekend of 30th June / 1st July to coincide with the official opening of the newly constructed Loftus waiting shed… of which more about shortly (or when I have time to write it!)