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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

Today 12th September, saw an onsite meeting between Transport for NSW, John Holland Rail and Oberon Council, with OTHR in attendance, to discuss the issue of the rail corridor at the Lowes Mount Road level crossing. All parties have agreed to work together to redefine the ‘rail corridor’ and ‘road’ by the means of a land swap. Once the land swap issue has been resolved and the rail corridor is defined then OTHR can apply for a Heritage Operators Licence (HOL) for part of the Oberon Branch from Oberon to Hazelgrove 6km’s north of Oberon.

While the above is being resolved, OTHR can be working on documentation for Level crossing interface agreements, Track standards and Network Rules. Further, OTHR is also working on its Shunting accreditation (ONRSR) for the Oberon Yard area.

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)