Graham Williams – Fettler and Track Manager

Graham’s fascination with steam trains began at an early age when he lived in Richmond. He recalls riding on the footplate of P class locos and in the cab of a 31 class tank loco. Graham first joined OTHR towards the end of 2009, and says he fell in love with the district, but having an old railway line in Oberon made it even more irresistible. He admits the challenge of restoring a piece of railway history has become an obsession and he strives at every opportunity to give as much assistance as he can to OTHR.

Graham is one of our most enthusiastic volunteers and used to travel from his home in the Southern Tablelands for the week-long working bees. He would organise his work schedule as the rural merchandise manager for Bowral Co-op to ensure he could spend at least three days on track restoration during the working bees.

Since he moved to Oberon about a year ago, he has taken over the job as Track Manager and continues to help OTHR in many ways, including leading and encouraging the working bee fettlers in the track work in the yard.

Graham has been heard to say, “The one thing that stays in my mind about OTHR is the warmth and friendship of the people who work on the track. Sometimes the challenge in front of us seems daunting, but you get inspiration from others around you.”