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With the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway (OTHR) mission to operate a heritage tourist train from Oberon Station to the Oberon branch line siding at Tarana Station, a number of planned steps are required to achieve this aim.

5 Year Plan

  • Obtain Heritage Operators Licence (HOL) for the Oberon Yard.
    • Obtained HOL 29th August 2017
  • Obtain Track certification of the Oberon Yard.
    • Oberon Yard certification completed (October 2015)
    • Oberon Yard recertification completed (December 2017)
  • Obtain Accreditation for Rail Operations, Rail Infrastructure maintenance, Track maintenance vehicles, Rolling stock restoration within the Oberon yard.
    • ONRSR Accreditation for track maintenance, rolling stock restoration (July 2017)
    • ONRSR Accreditation for the use of track maintenance vehicles (July 2017)
    • Applying accreditation for shunting of rollingstock with a tractor February 2018
    • Applying accreditation for shunting of rollingstock with a Loco June 2018
  • Increasing OTHR profile as a tourist destination. (Planned for March 2018)
  • Increase the number of the days that tourist can view / enter the Oberon Yard precinct. (Planned for March 2018)
  • Increase the number of displays / activities for tourist to view. (Planned for March 2018)
  • Rolling stock acquisitions / restorations. Continuing restoration of Car Set 21, Privately owned section car now on site and negotiations with US based owner of a TAM Sleeping Car, to be loaned to OTHR
  • Increase the number of volunteers of OTHR 6 new from Oct 17 to Jan 18
  • Maintain Oberon Yard, Station, and Rolling Stock, Sheds, Tourist profile and activities.

10 Year Plan

  • Obtain Heritage Operators Licence (HOL) for the Oberon Branch line from the Oberon Yard to the Oberon Branch Line Siding at Tarana Station.
    • January 2018 have sort a variation to existing HOL from JHR to carryout tack maintenance from Albion Street to Tarana as an interim step to gaining a HOL on the remainder of the line to Tarana
  • Obtain track certification for the line between Oberon Yard and Hazelgrove.
  • Obtain Accreditation for Rail Operations, Rail Infrastructure maintenance, Track maintenance vehicles from Oberon Station yard and Hazelgrove.
    • Have set a target date to run work trains to Hazelgrove by 31/12/2018
    • Have set a target date to run a heritage tourist train form Oberon to Hazelgrove by 11/11/2019 which will be 40 years since the last train ran.
  • Maintain as per the 5 year plan and include the line /activities to Hazelgrove.

15 Year Plan

  • Obtain track certification for the line between Hazelgrove and the Oberon Branch Line Siding at Tarana Station.
  • Obtain Accreditation for Rail Operations, Rail Infrastructure maintenance, Track maintenance vehicles from Hazelgrove to Oberon Branch Line Siding at Tarana Station.
  • Maintain as per previous plans and include the line / activities to Tarana Station