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.
Open Day Saturday 6th
Working Bee Saturday 20th
Short Video of David McMurray Advertising Tourism for 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.
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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Weed spray unit
The new spray unit mounted on a sleeper trolley. The will be very useful as we do track maintenance north of Albion Street.
Sleepers old & new
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?
Yard & Platform works
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.
Working Bee schedule for 2020
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.
Volunteer Group of the Year for 2020
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.
Project Working Bee 4th & 5th December 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
Working Bee 6th & 7th November
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.
Project Working Bee 2nd & 3rd October 2019
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!
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