Ian Davis and Tim Arnison strapping the rail prior to loading for transport

July working bee retrieves rail from Coolah

Members may have received a plea some weeks ago from us for helpers to come along to Coolah for the July working bee to assist in the salvage of rail and points from Coolah & Leadville.  This excercise was successfully completed with the said rail now safely delivered back to Oberon awaiting our next working bee of enthusiastic fettlers to assist in it’s installation.

Volunteers travelled to Coolah, many donating the use of thier own vehicles and trailers as well. The retreival excercise went well with volunteers working extremely hard over the few days.

Our thanks to Country Rail Infrastructure ( & JHR) for agreeing to donate these materials to our project, and special thanks to Trevor Breed from Oberon for donating the use of his Truck and semi-trailer for the transport of some of the rail back to Oberon.

Photo: Tim Arnison

Photo: Tim Arnison

Loading rail onto a Henry Bros truck from Lithgow ready for transport.

Photo: Tim Arnison

Photo: Tim Arnison

Our thanks to Trevor Breed for donating the use of his truck and semi-trailer (pictured) for transport of the rail back to Oberon

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Ian Davis and Tim Arnison strapping the rail prior to loading for transport

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

Members having a well earning break during the hard work

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

Peter Culley hooks on Frame prior to lifting on to the trailer.

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

Col Bembrick in the process of dismantling Frame A points levers

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

OTHR vehicles and volunteers making a start on the Leadville site for points retrieval.

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

Oberon Council generously allowed us the use of their excavator to assist with the retreival.

Photo: Col Bembrick

Photo: Col Bembrick

Peter Culley appealing to the gods???

Photo: Tim Arnison

Photo: Tim Arnison

Volunteers using the pneumatic tools we took with us to unbolt the rail at Coolah

Photo: Tim Arnison

Photo: Tim Arnison

The team having discussions at Leadville on how best to kick things off

Photo: Tim Arnison

Photo: Tim Arnison

Graham Priddle, Peter Culley and Col Bembrick stopping for a cuppa on site

ORH 2012 thank you

ORH Recognition

It’s nice to be recongnised for your efforts.  It’s nice to have someone say ‘thank you’.  The OTHR volunteers often hear a ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ from our many supporters, which goes a long way in boosting the morale and giving us a little extra determination to carry on with our restoration project.

It’s also nice to get a formal thank you from the ‘higher authorities’ occasionally, and the Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of Rail Heritage which arrived in the mail last week is no exception.  A lovely framed certificate which we will present to our volunteers at our next general meeting, whilst not helping us in any material or financial way, still cheers us all that little bit.

We must recognise the ORH for it’s consistant focus on recognising the industry’s volunteers, and we throw a thank you back at them for this.

(PS – note the nice little OTHR photo in front of loco 7307 at the top of the certificate)

ORH 2012 thank you

 

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February Working Bee is 4-10th – Come & give us a hand

All hands are requested on deck for our February working bee which starts next Monday 4th February and runs through to the Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair on 9-10th.

There’s lots to do including a bit cleanup ready for lots of visitors, as well as finishing off the installation of the check rail into the Albion St. level crossing rail prefab section.

We will be putting the call out for additional volunteers to lend us a hand on the weekend of the steam fair as well with lots going on.  Contact us if you can lend us a day or even a few hours.

A few pics from last year’s event of activities around the station below.

Arthur Robsinson pictured with one a 1957 Standard Villiers Mark 8E Quadricycle which is in running order.
Arthur Robsinson pictured with one a 1957 Standard Villiers Mark 8E Quadricycle which is in running order.
A lot of reminiscing was done about the glory days of rail during the weekend.
A lot of reminiscing was done about the glory days of rail during the weekend.
7321 was idling for most of the day, whilst 7307 was open for inspection.
7321 was idling for most of the day, whilst 7307 was open for inspection.
Some of our hard working catering ladies - Lynette & Sue taking a break from making sandwiches and cuppas for our visitors.
Some of our hard working catering ladies – Lynette & Sue taking a break from making sandwiches and cuppas for our visitors.

 

Some of the volunteers last sunday enjoying a Sausage Sizzle on the station platform.

Visit us for the Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair! 9-10 Feb 2013

The headline event on the Oberon events calendar is coming up again on the 9-10 February.

2012 Display – photo Grant Patterson
OTHR on display in 2012. Photo Grant Patterson

OTHR is a major partner in the Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair which is fast becoming renown for a fantastic array of historic and heritage vehicles, machinery and equipment on show.  Everything from collections of shearing hand peices to military tanks have been on display over the weekend.

If you are thinking of coming up to Oberon make Saturday the 9th February the day … a Grand Main Street Rally occurs at 10am, followed by the Fair throwing it’s gates open.  Described as  “Heritage Journey” visitors enjoy seeing how things were done is a past, but not forgotten era – with the sounds and smells of live steam engines, wood cutting displays, tractor pulls and much more.

One of OTHR’s historic machines on display. Photo Grant Patterson
2012 Main Street Rally Photo Larissa Hardy

The Oberon Railway Station is part of the fair, with our volunteers on hand for guided tours of our heritage end-platform carriages, diesel locomotives and restored s-trucks and other heritage rolling stock including a great collection of trikes.

Visitors to the station are also invited to view our newly completed rolling stock shed and talk with our team about our plans into 2013.

More information is available on the Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair website.

.. bringing your rail heritage back to life.