General Notices

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

A Working Bee will take place from Saturday 7th to Wednesday 11th March 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 March 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
A collection of railway items, maps, photographs and merchandise on display

Trains, Trams and Modelt T’s in the 20’s Valley Height Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February 2015
Check the web address below for more detail:
http://www.roaring20s.com.au/component/content/article/8-events/21-trains-trams-and-ts-in-the-20s-valley-heights-locomotive-depot-heritage-museum

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

 

February 2015 Working Bee

The normal monthly working bee dates coincided with the Oberon Steam and Vintage Fair. On Saturday 7th. Many members gathered at the “Railway Precinct” to show the General Public what was happening at the Oberon Station. Barry Webb and Arthur Robinson had spent days mowing the lawns and using grass trimmers to level the taller grass. They also cleaned up the station. Paul MacDonald had prepared three new displays on the history of the railway which were strategically placed on the station. Under the clear blue skies of the day the whole area looked magnificent. We had a large number of members rostered to look after different areas and overall it was a great day. Win News gave us some good coverage on Tuesday following the day, with good views of the station, the miniature railway heritage carriages. Arthur Robinson also featured in a short description of his 1926 Chevrolet.

Details of Sunday through to Wednesday to come

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