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April 2021

Working Bees Saturday 17th and 24th
Meet at the rolling stock shed at 9.00am

Oberon Seniors Week Visit Wednesday 14th

Working Bees Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th
Vegetation Control Oberon to Hazelgrove
Meet at the rolling stock shed at 9.00 am

Bi-monthly General Meeting Wednesday 7th
Oberon RSL Old Dining Room 7.30 pm

March Newsletter Uploaded Tuesday 6th

Open Day Saturday 3rd

March 2021

Working Bee Saturday 20th

March Newsletter Uploaded Monday 8th

Open Day Saturday 6th

HS36 was hooked on to the usual Open Day Consist – It was the first time members and visitors had the opportunity to look at it “up close”

HS36 was hooked onto the usual Open Day Consist. Visitors had more access to it from the station.

February 2021

Consultation Meeting with representatives from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator – Wednesday 3rd

Open Day Saturday 6th

Working Bee Saturday 20th

January 2021

Thursday 28th

  • The Department of Infrastructure, Transport , Regional Development and Communications have sent the Funding Agreement for $1,500,000 for signing. The project refurbishment of the line to Hazelgrove can proceed once signing has taken place.
  • This morning we successfully submitted another grant application for funding of extensions to the rolling stock shed, a turnaround loop at Hazelgrove as well as pathways and fencing in the Oberon Station Yard.

Welcome to 2021

  • We had the first 2021 Open Day Saturday 2nd. The weather was particularly bad as we made preparations for the shunt of the carriages to the station platform. It did improve and overall it was good day. We had a good turn up of visitors. Committee members were there in force and there was much talk about the year ahead.
  • On Monday 4th there was a special committee to discuss the Draft Funding Document that we received in the week before Christmas. Our reply will be determined at the meeting and submitted on Friday 8th.

There will be a General Working Bee on Saturday 16th starting at 9.00 am and for some finishing around 3.00 pm. In recent times a few have kept working until the task was completed.

 

Short Video of David McMurray  Advertising Tourism for Oberon

 

David McMurray Oberon

Channel NINE interview with Publicity Officer David McMurray

Dave was approached by Matthew Webb from Oberon Tourist Information Centre to do an interview on how the covid-19 situation was affecting OTHR. Please click on the news for video.

On The News

Hi-Rail in Oberon Yard Friday 22nd May

On Friday 22nd May OTHR had another visit by the track inspectors from Hi-tech Rail who are based in Bathurst. We were intrigued when they arrived with their hi-rail truck. We soon learnt that they were going to use it to check how rolling stock would traverse through the points that the fettlers had been working on over the last few week. Quite a large number of sleepers and timbers had been removed and replaced.

Overall a good report. Inspectors outlined several areas that needed further attention which is not surprising given the age of some of the sleepers that are in the yard.

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The new spray unit mounted on a sleeper trolley. The will be very useful as we do track maintenance north of Albion Street.

A couple of very old sleepers along side a new one. They were recently removed from road 3, split at the end, the dog spikes were loose and would not have been holding the track in gauge. How long were these in the line?

Morestone have returned to paint the coping timbers white as well as rectifying some subsidence that occurred after heavy rains in recent months. The shot also shows the excellent work of Barry and Graham in clearing excess build up  between the sleepers over time. In the long term this maintenance allows the sleepers to dry out more quickly, it also allows quicker and more definitive identification of sleepers that need replacing.

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. was awarded the Volunteer/Volunteer Group of the Year for 2020 at today’s Oberon Australia Day celebrations. It’s fantastic to receive this accolade by the town of Oberon for the hard work the group has been involved with in what is a truly monumental project that will contribute ultimately to Oberon’s economic future.

Congratulations to all past and present volunteers.

Oberon Volunteer Award

Project working bee

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th June (to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th August (to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th October (to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd December (to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions)

General working bee (third Saturday of the month) to be confirmed due to COVID-19 restrictions

Start / finish times 8:30am to 4:00pm during daylight saving times and 9:00am to 3:00pm during the cooler months.

A project working bee was held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of December, to replace a number of 24’ lengths of rail in front to the platform that had corroded foot damage.

Wednesday morning saw eight OTHR volunteers on the day, de-pinning sleepers, moving the old rail out and moving the newer rail in place. After bolting the newer rail to the existing rail ensuring the rail was in gauge and was pinned 1 in 4. Also, the Station building had a bit of a clean on the platform side and inside to remove the dust generated from a month of construction rebuilding the platform retaining wall and coping edge.

Thursday morning saw four OTHR volunteers continue re-pinning the newer rail and recover another 4 lengths of rail from another part of the yard, ready for Saturday’s mini working bee.

A project working bee was held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of November, to extend 6 road further into the Rollingstock shed. This will allow for more rollingstock to be stabled undercover and restoration works to be carried out.

Wednesday morning saw six OTHR volunteers, laying out sleepers, moving the rail in place. After bolting the newer rail to the existing rail on the southern end, ensuring the rail was straight the down rail was pinned 1 in 4. The process was repeated on the up rail, gauging and pinning 1 in 4, before pinning the entire panel.

Thursday morning saw seven OTHR volunteers with two new members at their first working bee. With the extension complete, volunteers moved onto other tasks which included:-

  • Depinning sleepers for the station retaining wall.
  • Some painting inside HLF 854.
  • Reorganising work benches and storage areas.

A project working bee was held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of October, to replace four 24’ lengths of rail on 3 road (main) at the Station Platform.

Wednesday morning saw five OTHR volunteers, remove all dog spikes, unbolt the fish plates and remove the rail. During the afternoon four lengths were relocated from the stockpile and placed on the sleepers. Early finish on the day to allowed members to go home and get ready for the AGM held on Wednesday night.

Thursday morning saw four OTHR volunteers, cut one rail to length, drill bolt holes in one end, bolted all four rails up, gauged and pinned all four rails, job done!

Working Bee 7th & 8th August
OTHR volunteers have carried out a number of jobs in the Oberon yard which included:-
• Replaced a number of timbers, supporting compensators and other rodding equipment.
• With the replacement of all the timbers, the ‘de-rail’ on the run around loop was reconnected and worked from the ‘C’ frame lever, the first time in 40 years (last train).
• Relocated two stop blocks.
• Installed some racking in the storage container and re-organise the storage container.
• Develop and events management SOP.
• Some tidy up in the office.
We had 6 volunteers for each of the two day, with the second day testing from a weather point of view (wind and rain)

OTHR Cap

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New Product, Bottle Green Cap with white OTHR logo, fits all sizes.

Purchase today and be a part of the OTHR team. Proceeds go towards the reopening of the Oberon to Tarana line.

Priced at $29.00 non – members, $24.00 members. Price includes GST and Postage and Handling anywhere in Australia. Overseas will incur extra postage.

OTHR Badge

New Product. Reproduced from the original OTHR badge; metal and enamel.

Priced at $15.50 non-members – $13.50 members. Price includes GST and Postage and Handling anywhere in Australia. Overseas will include extra postage.

Payment:

Direct Bank Transfer – BSB 062632. Account Number: 1004 9851. Please include your name as a reference. Cheques – made payable to Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. and mailed to PO Box 299 Oberon NSW 2787.

It has been a great day for Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. We have received confirmation from The Office of the National Safety Regulator (ONRSR) that our application for a variation to accreditation to shunt using a locomotive or tractor has been approved. OTHR can shunt (subject to Loco crewing) rolling stock in the Oberon yard. We will in time be able to move Car Set 21 to the platform for Open Days and other special events such as Heritage Transport Rallies.

In recent times we have made a further application to John Holland Rail and Transport for New South Wales to vary our heritage operators licence north of Albion Street. This particular application includes some extra distance past Hazelgrove to just south of the Snake Valley Creek Bridge near Carlwood.

The station platform project is progressing. The timber has been delivered. Tenders will be called when the Department of Environment and Heritage completes its assessment of the project.

These activities are just another step towards OTHR’s mission which is, to run a Diesel hauled Heritage Tourist Train along the Oberon Branch Line.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee MP announced an election commitment of $1.5M to the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. The $1.5M will go towards the restoration of 5.2Km’s of the Oberon branch line between Oberon and Hazelgrove. After this section of the branch line is operational again OTHR will be seeking accreditation to run a Diesel hauled Heritage tourist train along the line which is expected to attract over 8000 visitors a year. This is only stage 1 of OTHR’s planning, stage 2 is the section of line between Hazelgrove and Carlwood.
In the attached photo is Michael McCormack, Andrew Gee and some of OTHR’s committee standing on the end platform of a privately-owned carriage stored at the Oberon Station.

Coming to Oberon? Why not visit Oberon Railway Station and Rollingstock Shed? In the Heritage listed PC3 station building you will see a photo display of the Tarana Oberon branch line history, OTHR’s restoration of the Oberon Yard Precinct and railway memorabilia. Walk through and seat down in 1897 American style End Platform Carriages. In the Yard view a variety of trikes and track inspection cars and a short walk down to the Rollingstock Shed where you can find our 73CL Diesel Locomotives, more carriages and inspection cars.

Open on the 1st Saturday of the month between 10.00am to 2.00pm or by appointment for groups (see Contact Us page on OTHR.com.au)
Admission charge is $5.00 (18 years and over)