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A project working bee was held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of October, to replace four 24’ lengths of rail on 3 road (main) at the Station Platform.

Wednesday morning saw five OTHR volunteers, remove all dog spikes, unbolt the fish plates and remove the rail. During the afternoon four lengths were relocated from the stockpile and placed on the sleepers. Early finish on the day to allowed members to go home and get ready for the AGM held on Wednesday night.

Thursday morning saw four OTHR volunteers, cut one rail to length, drill bolt holes in one end, bolted all four rails up, gauged and pinned all four rails, job done!

Working Bee 7th & 8th August
OTHR volunteers have carried out a number of jobs in the Oberon yard which included:-
• Replaced a number of timbers, supporting compensators and other rodding equipment.
• With the replacement of all the timbers, the ‘de-rail’ on the run around loop was reconnected and worked from the ‘C’ frame lever, the first time in 40 years (last train).
• Relocated two stop blocks.
• Installed some racking in the storage container and re-organise the storage container.
• Develop and events management SOP.
• Some tidy up in the office.
We had 6 volunteers for each of the two day, with the second day testing from a weather point of view (wind and rain)

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Purchase today and be a part of the OTHR team. Proceeds go towards the reopening of the Oberon to Tarana line.

Priced at $29.00 non – members, $24.00 members. Price includes GST and Postage and Handling anywhere in Australia. Overseas will incur extra postage.

Payment:

Direct Bank Transfer – BSB 062632. Account Number: 1004 9851. Please include your name as a reference. Cheques – made payable to Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. and mailed to PO Box 299 Oberon NSW 2787.

OTHR volunteers have carried out a number of jobs in the Oberon yard which included:-
• Vegetation control by Barry.
• Removal material from either side of the sleepers for better drainage, this work was carried on Road 3 (in part).
• De-clutter of the awning area.
• Double pinning a number of sleepers through the Crossing and Check / Stockrail unit.
• Sorted out some rail by the weight sizes, stacked some scrap rail on a trailer for disposal.
• Worked on the control rodding / compensator for the Catchpoint.
• Unloaded 26 tonnes of hardwood timber for the station platform retaining wall and coping edge.

Below are some photos of the platform timbers

Next working bee is 7th & 8th August

1. More compensator work – checking and repair – making sure that everything works according specification
2. Removing lengths of rail with condemned foot replacing same – shifting from stockpile on Lowes Mt Rd
3. De-cluttering area next to container
4. Moving caravan
5. Container – Assembling shelving from Bunnings and getting “stuff” off the floor

It has been a great day for Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. We have received confirmation from The Office of the National Safety Regulator (ONRSR) that our application for a variation to accreditation to shunt using a locomotive or tractor has been approved. OTHR can shunt (subject to Loco crewing) rolling stock in the Oberon yard. We will in time be able to move Car Set 21 to the platform for Open Days and other special events such as Heritage Transport Rallies.

In recent times we have made a further application to John Holland Rail and Transport for New South Wales to vary our heritage operators licence north of Albion Street. This particular application includes some extra distance past Hazelgrove to just south of the Snake Valley Creek Bridge near Carlwood.

The station platform project is progressing. The timber has been delivered. Tenders will be called when the Department of Environment and Heritage completes its assessment of the project.

These activities are just another step towards OTHR’s mission which is, to run a Diesel hauled Heritage Tourist Train along the Oberon Branch Line.

Working bee wrap 5th & 6th June.
At the project working bee the weather was a talking point at the start of both mornings, with some signs of snow around on Wednesday morning and a -5C start on Thursday the team was keen to get working. We had 7 volunteers, 3 locals (Greg, & Graham & Martyn) and 4 ‘out of towners’ (Geoff & Mick from Sydney) and (Phil & Jenny from the Southern Highlands). Oberon Council supported the working bee with an excavator and driver Ken, this is part of Councils 356 in-kind grant.
Jobs completed were:-
• Installation of a 40-foot Stockrail / Checkrail unit on road 5.
• Installation of 5 turnout timber bearers in 4/5 turnout.
• Relocation of a number of drums of Perway spares.
• Cutting a number of ‘Km’ posts from scrap rail.
• Early spring clean on the inside of Car Set 21.
During Thursday morning Scott McGregor who was the guest speaker at Wednesday night’s General Meeting called in and checked out activities that OTHR have been carrying out.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee MP announced an election commitment of $1.5M to the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. The $1.5M will go towards the restoration of 5.2Km’s of the Oberon branch line between Oberon and Hazelgrove. After this section of the branch line is operational again OTHR will be seeking accreditation to run a Diesel hauled Heritage tourist train along the line which is expected to attract over 8000 visitors a year. This is only stage 1 of OTHR’s planning, stage 2 is the section of line between Hazelgrove and Carlwood.
In the attached photo is Michael McCormack, Andrew Gee and some of OTHR’s committee standing on the end platform of a privately-owned carriage stored at the Oberon Station.

The local member Paul Toole called into the Oberon Station this afternoon, to announce that the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway was successful in obtaining a $133k grant to replace the platform retaining wall and coping edge. This is great news for the hard working volunteers of OTHR who are preserving the heritage listed station and platform as part of the overall plan to run a heritage tourist train along the Oberon Branch Line.

There is always a variety tasks and projects that members can get involved with at OTHR, from vegetation control, track work, painting of rollingstock, maintenance and rebuilding rollingstock just to name a few. And the skills required also vary from task to task, so if you want to become actively involved in OTHR’s mission to run a Heritage Tourist Train on the Oberon Branch Line, give us a call or send OTHR an email.

Working Bees

• Last Friday of the month prep Station / Rollingstock shed for the open day. (ongoing)
• Vegetation control Oberon Yard (ongoing)

Clear track defects in the yard.
o Install clearance markers on all turnouts. > WIP
o Replace 9 lengths of rail on 3 road (Main).
o Install Stop Block on 3 road at gates near home signal.
o Double Dog spike on “crossings”.> WIP

• Install throw over lever on 5 road points.
• Relocate ladder on Home Signal.
• Re-painting of S14201. > WIP >
• Re-painting of Car Set 21.
o Body – WIP

• Install wooden gates at northern fence near home signal.
• Relocate paint and other items from area between 6 road and side of shed to the new work area. > WIP
• Review items stored in the Freezer Van, take unwanted items to the tip. > WIP

Coming to Oberon? Why not visit Oberon Railway Station and Rollingstock Shed? In the Heritage listed PC3 station building you will see a photo display of the Tarana Oberon branch line history, OTHR’s restoration of the Oberon Yard Precinct and railway memorabilia. Walk through and seat down in 1897 American style End Platform Carriages. In the Yard view a variety of trikes and track inspection cars and a short walk down to the Rollingstock Shed where you can find our 73CL Diesel Locomotives, more carriages and inspection cars.

Open on the 1st Saturday of the month between 10.00am to 2.00pm or by appointment for groups (see Contact Us page on OTHR.com.au)
Admission charge is $5.00 (18 years and over)