Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway (OTHR) mission is to be an accredited train operator to run a tourist train from Oberon station to the Oberon branch siding at Tarana station on the main western line. This would allow for tourists to ride in a heritage train along the Oberon Tarana branch line which was also known as the pioneer line.
Further, the running of this train would generate tourist related jobs in the Oberon area and give residents in the Oberon Bathurst area an opportunity by volunteering at OTHR to enhance rail heritage in the local area.
Also network with other rail heritage groups and museums, at Valley Heights, Lithgow, Zig Zag, Oberon, Bathurst and Orange to form a Heritage Railway partnership to promote the area as Railway Tourist Precinct.
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Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. (OTHR) is constantly raising funds. With all the goodwill in the world, our vision cannot happen without a constant cash flow and you can make it happen.
OTHR committee has a Business Plan to bring the Oberon Tarana Branch Line up to operating specifications but there are a myriad of start-up costs, independent reports and dollar for dollar grant contributions to cover.
With our vision, hard work, and your contributions that vision will become a reality.
OTHR committee will have Stage One, Oberon to Hazelgrove up and running within two years of reaching our funding goal, but it is up to you to help reach that goal.
To make that donation head to “GoFundMe” at https://www.gofund.me/2mhftk44 and follow the prompts, or simply send a cheque to P.O. Box 299, Oberon NSW 2787 and mark it “fundraiser”.
Railmotor visit to Tarana
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.
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!
Skoda-Tatra Car Club
Ross Rocket and Bathurst Miniature Rail Society
RS Shed and plough van
Entry GateThe entrance to the Oberon station precinct as the first few visitors roll in, with the new OTHR flag flying overhead and several track maintenance vehicles on display.
Skoda-Tatra Car ClubOur new partners the Skoda-Tatra Car Club with their display stand at the Steam and Vintage Fair for the first time.
Ross Rocket and Bathurst Miniature Rail SocietyThe "Ross's Rocket" track maintenance vehicle and the Bathurst Miniature Rail Society setting up their miniature steam and diesel locos in the background.
Ticket DisplayA fine display of vintage paper tickets and ticket dispensers from rail, tram and bus transport - mounted by OTHR member Paul McDonald.
RS Shed and plough vanThe OTHR rolling stock shed with a "quadricycle" track maintenance vehicle on display outside. Inside can be seen the two 1897 passenger carriages and the partly restored bogie plough van.