General Notices

The next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th February 2015 at 7.30pm
in the Oberon RSL Club

A Working Bee will take place from Saturday 7th to Wednesday 11th February 2015.
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

Railway Heritage Display – Oberon Station – Saturday 7th February 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
A collection of railway items, maps, photographs and merchandise on display

                                Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair – February 6, 7 & 8 2015
* More information is available from the Events drop down box on the menu bar
* Click on this link for the website www.highlandssteam.org.au

Insights Tours to South Australia 8 – 15 May 2015
OTHR is pleased to announce that Insights Tours of Thirroul have made a special offer to our group for OTHR’s 10th Birthday in 2015
.
Details are in the December Newsletter and
On their web page www.insightstours.com.au or in Brochure
– South Australian Insights Tour

 

December 2014 & January 2015 Working Bee Report

The main achievements over these two periods of time were:

  • Completion of the rail section to go across Albion Street – the check rail has been fixed to the rail and and it is now ready for installation by the Council. A special drilling machine was borrowed from Lithgow to drill the rail and importantly several of the volunteers have gained experience in its use and this will speed up work when holes have to be drilled in the rail in the future.
  • Roads 1 & 2 into the Rolling Stock Shed are almost finished – the gauge of the line has been set, holes have been drilled in the sleepers and the dog spikes driven in to fix most of the line. A high point near the turn out to road 2 has been lowered by removing the about 8 sleepers and digging out a considerable amount of soil and the re-installing the sleepers.
  • Painting of the interior of the Plough Wagon. The exterior is also receiving some special attention from Track Manager Graham Williams.
  • Gardening and cleaning up the station area has continued with special efforts being put in by Barry Webb and Arthur Robinson.
  • Peter Culley spent time sorting out the sleeper stockpile near the Oberon Tip. There are now two distinct piles: those suitable for future track work and those suitable for sale for garden landscaping.
  • For the January working bee 10 different volunteers were present over the 5 days with a total of 181.5 hours worked

1 December rain2 December rain

3 December Track  Work4 December Track Work

5 Levering the check rail6 Measure once

7 Measure twice8 Bolting the drill to the rail

9 Getting started10 Finished

11 Bolting the check rail12 Finished

13 Ian getting the compressor ready14 Michael painting the plough carriage

19 Plough wagon with  new undercoat20 Another view21 Work in progress

November Working Bee

The November Working Bee concentrated on “fixing” the rail to the sleepers on road 2 in the rolling stock shed. The work progressed slowly over the days 80 sleepers 4 holes and 4 dog spikes per sleeper.

The combined hour count of the seven volunteers from Saturday 1st to Wednesday 5th was 112.