November 2015 working bee

Lowes Mount Road Crossing November 26, 2015

First 20m half of the crossing prefab dropped into the trench on Lowes Mount Rd on Thurs 26th Nov.

First 20m half of the crossing prefab dropped into the trench on Lowes Mount Rd on Thurs 26th Nov.

Second half of crossing prefab about to be dropped into the trench.

Second half of crossing prefab about to be dropped into the trench.

Second half in place – aligned but not yet connected.

Second half in place – aligned but not yet connected.

Fish plates being placed and bolted up to secure the stock rails and check rails.

Fish plates being placed and bolted up to secure the stock rails and check rails.

Two halves of the crossing being joined as dog spikes are driven home by jackhammer.

Two halves of the crossing being joined as dog spikes are driven home by jackhammer.

Half the crossing open for traffic on the Thurs afternoon with temporary tar seal.

Half the crossing open for traffic on the Thurs afternoon with temporary tar seal.


Previous working bee
Start of the Lowes Mount Rd level crossing pre-fabrication by OTHR fettlers. Some 66 sleepers have been laid out and spaced.  Running rail and check rail have been laid out and joined by fishplates.  94 lb rail is being used for both running rail and checkrail. This photo shows about half the crossing length.

Start of the Lowes Mount Rd level crossing pre-fabrication by OTHR fettlers.
Some 66 sleepers have been laid out and spaced. Running rail and check rail have been laid out and joined by fishplates. 94 lb rail is being used for both running rail and checkrail. This photo shows about half the crossing length.

The Council excavator frames the OTHR fettlers as they discuss the next stage of the work.

The Council excavator frames the OTHR fettlers as they discuss the next stage of the work.

The other half of the crossing – running rail laid out, check rail in the process of being laid out and joined.

The other half of the crossing – running rail laid out, check rail in the process of being laid out and joined.

As of Tues 10th Nov the left hand running rail and check rail have been pinned to the sleepers. The right hand rails await gauging and pinning.  The photo shows about half the crossing length.

As of Tues 10th Nov the left hand running rail and check rail have been pinned to the sleepers. The right hand rails await gauging and pinning. The photo shows about half the crossing length.

April 2015 – Albion Street Crossing Re-installed by Oberon Council

1 The job is marked out

1 The job is marked out

 

2 Profile machine

2 Profile machine

 

3 Profile machine cutting into roadway

3 Profile machine cutting into roadway

4 Road excavation

4 Road excavation

5 Council men and OTHR workers

5 Council men and OTHR workers

6 Excavation completed

6 Excavation completed

7 Ready for hot mix base

7 Ready for hot mix base

8 First load of hot mix base

8 First load of hot mix base

9 Spreading the hotmix base

9 Spreading the hotmix base

10 Getting the base level

10 Getting the base level

11 Final checking

11 Final checking

12 Fine tuning the base

12 Fine tuning the base

13 Chaining the prepared rails to excavator

13 Chaining the prepared rails to excavator

14 Taking the strain

14 Taking the strain

15 Off the ground and ready to go

15 Off the ground and ready to go

16 Moving the rails into position

16 Moving the rails into position

17 Getting closer

17 Getting closer

18 And closer

18 And closer

19 And even closer

19 And even closer

20 Nearly there

20 Nearly there

21 Finally in position

21 Finally in position

22 Another view

22 Another view

23 Hotmix placed between and around rails

23 Hotmix placed between and around rails

24 Level track and cambered road profile being matched up

24 Level track and cambered road profile being matched up

25 The finished job

25 The finished job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2015 Working Bees.

The usual monthly working bee was held from Saturday 6th to Wednesday 11th March. After thiat good start to the month Track Manager, Graham Williams has called on local members to come in for a morning or afternoon to complete specific tasks.Some of this was to make sure that timbers and sleepers are in the yard and ready for use during the April Working Bee. For example, during the afternoon of Monday 30th a small group collected 15 or so timbers  from the line access road at Hazelgrove. A difficult job due to length and weight of the timbers as well as the over growth of biddy bush on the access road.

The main focus this month has been on the yard and in particular the completion of the roads 1, 2 & 3 into the Rolling Stock Shed. A qualified track certifier has been on site, at our invitation, and his comment was “It looks good and you have done a good job.” While the progress has often seemed to be slow over the last few months we are very close to finishing the roads 1, 2 & 3 mentioned above. The focus will shift to the main line and loop road in the yard and we expect to be able to arrange for certification of the whole yard, including those into into the Rolling Stock Shed after the May Working Bee.

This month eleven volunteers worked a total of 308 hours, which is remarkable and an excellent contribution.

Look through the March Newsletter for some photos of the “Fettlers Gang” in action.

See below for photos of the collection of timbers from Hazelgrove

1 President getting ready for another timber

1 President getting ready for another timber

2 President showing how it is done

2 President showing how it is done

3 Track manager lifts one end

3 Track manager lifts one end

4 It could not be done without the ramp

4 It could not be done without the ramp

5 Actually they can be rolled without too much trouble

5 Actually they can be rolled without too much trouble

6 Back in the yeard the timbers were pulled off the trailer with the tractor

6 Back in the yeard the timbers were pulled off the trailer with the tractor

 

 

 

February 2015 Working Bee

The normal monthly working bee dates coincided with the Oberon Steam and Vintage Fair. On Saturday 7th. Many members gathered at the “Railway Precinct” to show the General Public what was happening at the Oberon Station. Barry Webb and Arthur Robinson had spent days mowing the lawns and using grass trimmers to level the taller grass. They also cleaned up the station. Paul MacDonald had prepared three new displays on the history of the railway which were strategically placed on the station. Under the clear blue skies of the day the whole area looked magnificent. We had a large number of members rostered to look after different areas and overall it was a great day. Win News gave us some good coverage on Tuesday following the day, with good views of the station, the miniature railway heritage carriages. Arthur Robinson also featured in a short description of his 1926 Chevrolet.

December 2014 & January 2015 Working Bee Report

The main achievements over these two periods of time were:

  • Completion of the rail section to go across Albion Street – the check rail has been fixed to the rail and and it is now ready for installation by the Council. A special drilling machine was borrowed from Lithgow to drill the rail and importantly several of the volunteers have gained experience in its use and this will speed up work when holes have to be drilled in the rail in the future.
  • Roads 1 & 2 into the Rolling Stock Shed are almost finished – the gauge of the line has been set, holes have been drilled in the sleepers and the dog spikes driven in to fix most of the line. A high point near the turn out to road 2 has been lowered by removing the about 8 sleepers and digging out a considerable amount of soil and the re-installing the sleepers.
  • Painting of the interior of the Plough Wagon. The exterior is also receiving some special attention from Track Manager Graham Williams.
  • Gardening and cleaning up the station area has continued with special efforts being put in by Barry Webb and Arthur Robinson.
  • Peter Culley spent time sorting out the sleeper stockpile near the Oberon Tip. There are now two distinct piles: those suitable for future track work and those suitable for sale for garden landscaping.
  • For the January working bee 10 different volunteers were present over the 5 days with a total of 181.5 hours worked

1 December rain2 December rain

3 December Track  Work4 December Track Work

5 Levering the check rail6 Measure once

7 Measure twice8 Bolting the drill to the rail

9 Getting started10 Finished

11 Bolting the check rail12 Finished

13 Ian getting the compressor ready14 Michael painting the plough carriage

19 Plough wagon with  new undercoat20 Another view21 Work in progress