We are very pleased to announce that we will be regularly opening the Railway Station to the public to come and view our collection of railway memorabilia, photos and documents and come and chat with some volunteers about our project and the history of the Oberon-Tarana line.
The station will be open on the FIRST SATURDAY of each month between 10am and 2pm.
Peter Culley has indicated that he needs a break from the rigours of Track Manager and is taking ‘time out’ for 12 months. Peter will still be available for specific working bee jobs – particularly those requiring the excavator.
Peter has been out hard-working Track Manager for about 8 years now and we owe him a huge vote of thanks for all the “blood, sweat and tears” he has put into the job over that time. Early in the project, Peter took over from Matt McMahon, who was our first energetic Track Manager.
Peter brought his own unique personality to the job and encouraged many of the OTHR volunteers over the years. He also introduced the social excursions as a reward for those volunteers who had spent many hours during the monthly working bees slaving on the line.
On Peter’s watch there were over 10 000 sleepers renewed between Hazelgrove and Oberon station, plus the Oberon yard was largely re-sleepered and drainage installed. During the conservation of the S Truck Peter was there supervising the team and leading the way. At many volunteer and Xmas BBQs Peter could be seen at work, beer in hand, handling steaks, sausages and onions with finesse.
Peter was also a leading hand in the dismantling, transport and re-erection of the sheds to form our large rolling stock shed – now a major feature of the Oberon station yard. One recent major project which would not have been so successful without Peter driving the council excavator was the expedition to Coolah to retrieve the rail and points – urgently needed for our extra lines in the rolling stock shed and the Hazelgrove site restoration.
All-in-all we have a lot to thank Peter for and we wish him well in his “sabbatical”. We look forward to seeing him return with renewed vigour in 12 months time –meanwhile Peter has “gone fishin”.
Saturday, 1st March heralded steady rain which continued nearly all day. Preparations for the official shed opening were underway early and the cake and ribbon were in place by the time the official guests arrived just after 11 am.
President Tim Arnison made some opening remarks to the crowd of well-wishers and the official guests. He spoke of the shed origins at a local mine site and of the many long hours put in by OTHR volunteers to get them dismantled, transported and re-erected at Oberon station. He thanked the Oberon Council and the NSW State Government for their support.
Mayor John McMahon, Paul Toole MP and Ken Lingabala (John Holland Rail) cut the ribbon to officially open the OTHR rolling stock shed
Our Patron, Paul Toole (Member for Bathurst) then gave a speech in which he congratulated OTHR on their achievements and in particular the shed completion. Paul then cut the official ribbon, assisted by John McMahon, Mayor of Oberon and Ken Lingabala, from John Holland Rail. The crowd gave a large supporting cheer as the ribbon was cut.
John McMahon then gave his address detailing the support given to OTHR by the Oberon Council and emphasising the great tourist potential of the heritage railway. Finally, the official cake cutting ceremony was performed by John McMahon flanked by Ken Lingabala and Paul Toole.
As the cake was handed around to the assembled guests the rain continued to pour down but this did not dampen the celebratory mood of the gathering. Indeed, local farmers were celebrating even more as the minutes passed.
A small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the open day on Saturday 2nd November at the Oberon Railway Station.
Raffle tickets were sold, sausage sandwiches, coffee and cakes were consumed, heritage railway and vintage cars and machinery were inspected. Over $500 was raised through various means on the day, and we thank our hard working volunteers and visitors for your continued support. We especially thank members of the Oberon Heritage & Collectors Club who brought along their prides and joy for our enjoyment as well.
Elizabeth and Marjorie manning the gate to meet and greet our visitors.
Setting up the scale model train owned by a new Oberon resident.
One of the historic cars on display – owned by OTHR stalwart Arthur Robinson
Jim & Alice Perrott ofOberon restored this little beaty
Jim Hawkes had his Ruston Proctor in steam for the day
The scale rake and steamer in the station yard.
(Thanks to Tim Arnison for the photos)
The open day was run in conjunction with the Oberon Heritage & Collectors Club who run the highly successful Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair – next scheduled for Saturday 8th February 2014.
See their website for more details of the February event.