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