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Railmotor visit to Tarana

 

The nicely restored railmotor on tour with Insights Tours. Railmotor supplied and crewed by the Rail Motor Society from Paterson.

The nicely restored railmotor on tour with Insights Tours. Railmotor supplied and crewed by the Rail Motor Society from Paterson.

At Tarana station on Wednesday, May 11th the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway members were on hand to welcome an  Insights Tours group, travelling in railmotor set 721/621 belonging to the Rail Motor Society www.railmotorsociety.org.au  from Paterson. Over 35 people on the tour made a stop at the Tarana Pub for a hearty lunch in a dining area heated by a blazing fire. By all reports, the food and fire were much appreciated by all the travellers on a cold and windy day.

As the travellers sat down to dine, a presentation was made by Tim and Col to inform the gathering of the recent progress and future plans of the OTHR for the restoration of the 24km Oberon Line as a tourist railway. The new brochures were handed out as well as the latest copy of the Newsletter. A great deal of interest was generated and several questions were answered after the brief talk.

OTHR members Elaine, Tim and Glenda manned the stand which we had set up on the platform, with many historical photos of the Oberon Line and a large range of souvenirs on display. These proved to be of great interest to the tour group. Some old friendships we renewed on the platform, as this is the second time OTHR has hosted an Insights group. OTHR looks forward to increasing our collaboration with Insights and other tour companies in the future as we progress towards running tourist trains to Hazelgrove.

Tour guide John Tuckerman handing over a donation to OTHR President Tim Arnison

Tour guide John Tuckerman handing over a donation to OTHR President Tim Arnison

Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair Feb 2016

On 12 and 13 February 2016 the Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair was held once again by Oberon Heritage and Collectors Club. The Oberon to Tarana Heritage Railway took part and in conjunction held our 10th anniversary dinner!

Recent works for the Lowes Mt Road crossing

Working Bee – 26 November 2015

We have made the front page of the Oberon Review with these latest works! View the front page here.

First 20m half of the crossing prefab dropped into the trench on Lowes Mount Rd on Thurs 26th Nov.

First 20m half of the crossing prefab dropped into the trench on Lowes Mount Rd on Thurs 26th Nov.

Second half of crossing prefab about to be dropped into the trench.

Second half of crossing prefab about to be dropped into the trench.

Second half in place – aligned but not yet connected.

Second half in place – aligned but not yet connected.

Fish plates being placed and bolted up to secure the stock rails and check rails.

Fish plates being placed and bolted up to secure the stock rails and check rails.

Two halves of the crossing being joined as dog spikes are driven home by jackhammer.

Two halves of the crossing being joined as dog spikes are driven home by jackhammer.

Half the crossing open for traffic on the Thurs afternoon with temporary tar seal.

Half the crossing open for traffic on the Thurs afternoon with temporary tar seal.


Previous working bee
Start of the Lowes Mount Rd level crossing pre-fabrication by OTHR fettlers. Some 66 sleepers have been laid out and spaced.  Running rail and check rail have been laid out and joined by fishplates.  94 lb rail is being used for both running rail and checkrail. This photo shows about half the crossing length.

Start of the Lowes Mount Rd level crossing pre-fabrication by OTHR fettlers.
Some 66 sleepers have been laid out and spaced. Running rail and check rail have been laid out and joined by fishplates. 94 lb rail is being used for both running rail and checkrail. This photo shows about half the crossing length.

The Council excavator frames the OTHR fettlers as they discuss the next stage of the work.

The Council excavator frames the OTHR fettlers as they discuss the next stage of the work.

The other half of the crossing – running rail laid out, check rail in the process of being laid out and joined.

The other half of the crossing – running rail laid out, check rail in the process of being laid out and joined.

As of Tues 10th Nov the left hand running rail and check rail have been pinned to the sleepers. The right hand rails await gauging and pinning.  The photo shows about half the crossing length.

As of Tues 10th Nov the left hand running rail and check rail have been pinned to the sleepers. The right hand rails await gauging and pinning. The photo shows about half the crossing length.

General Notices

Induction Training Session 3 September 2016 – 2pm in the rolling stock shed. Open to all members.

The next Ordinary Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 7.30pm
in the Oberon RSL Club. All members are invited to attend.  

A Working Bee will take place from Saturday 3 September 2016 to Wednesday 7 September 2016.
Meet at the Rolling Stock Shed at 8.00 am – Late comers welcome
Working Bees start at 8.00 am and finish 3.00/4.00 pm
Contact Track Manager Graham Williams 0422 596 438 for more information.

Railway Heritage Display – Oberon Station – Saturday 3 September 2016 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
A collection of railway items, maps, photographs and merchandise on display.