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21st September 2020 – This page is “under construction” to reflect recent changes and achievements.

The Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway (OTHR) long term mission is to operate a heritage tourist train from Oberon Station on the Oberon branch line to the siding at Tarana Station.

Achievements 2017 – 2019

  • Accreditation for Rail Operations, Infrastructure Maintenance, Track Vehicle Maintenance and Rolling Stock Restoration within the Oberon Yard.
  • Heritage Operator Licence (HOL) for the Oberon yard obtained 29th August 2017
  • Track Certification for roads 3 & 4 on 7th January 2020
  • Obtained ONRSR accreditation for Track Maintenance, Rolling Stock Restoration in July 2017.
  • Obtained ONRSR accreditation to operate Track Maintenance Vehicles within Oberon Yard in July 2017.
  • Obtain accreditation for shunting of rolling stock using a tractor within Oberon yard by February 2017
  • Obtained ONRSR accreditation in July 2017.
  • Increase the number of the days that tourists can enter and view the Oberon yard precinct.
  • Appointments can now be made for Group bookings.
  • Increase the number of displays and activities for tourist view.
  • Commenced in March 2018 and ongoing.
  • Continue to seek opportunities for more Rolling Stock acquisitions and progress its restoration.
  • In Progress. Restoration of Car Set No 21
  • We have increased new memberships and number of volunteers.
  • Maintain Oberon Yard, Station and Rolling Stock and Sheds.
  • Ongoing and being maintained, completely restored the station platform retaining wall in 2019/20.
  • September 2020 Obtained HOL for the Oberon Branch line from Oberon Yard North of Albion Street to Hazelgrove.
  • Application made to TfNSW. Approval pending.

 

5 Year Plan 2020 – 2025

  • Obtain accreditation for Rail Transport Operator and Rail Infrastructure Maintenance from Oberon Yard to Hazelgrove.
  • Restore the railway line between Oberon Yard and Hazelgrove using Federal Government $1.5M Community Development Grant has announced to fund $1.5M  Track certification of the line between Oberon Yard and Hazelgrove will be part of grant completion of grant
  • Set a target date for work train to operate to Hazelgrove.
  • Set a target date to run Diesel Locomotive hauled Tourist Train from Oberon to Hazelgrove.

 

10 Year Plan to Year 2030

  • Obtain HOL for the Oberon Branch line from Hazelgrove to Carlwood.
  • Apply for State and Federal funding to restore the line to an operational condition.
  • Restore the railway line from Hazelgrove to Carlwood. (Just South of the Snake Valley Creek bridge).
  • Set a target date to run Diesel Locomotive hauled tourist train from Hazelgrove to Carlwood.

 

15 year Plan to Year 2035

  • Obtain HOL for the Oberon Branch line from Carlwood to Tarana.
  • Apply for State and Federal funding to restore the line to an operational condition.
  • Restore the railway line from Carlwood to Tarana
  • Set a target date to run Diesel Locomotive hauled tourist train from Carlwood to Tarana.