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Working Bee schedule for 2020

Project working bee

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th February

Wednesday 1st  & Thursday 2nd April

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th June

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th August

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th October

Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd December

General working bee (third Saturday of the month)

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

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.

OTHR Merchandise



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.


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!

Working Bee 7th & 8th August

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)

Working Bee wrap June / July 2019

OTHR volunteers have carried out a number of jobs in the Oberon yard which included:-
• Vegetation control by Barry.
• Removal material from either side of the sleepers for better drainage, this work was carried on Road 3 (in part).
• De-clutter of the awning area.
• Double pinning a number of sleepers through the Crossing and Check / Stockrail unit.
• Sorted out some rail by the weight sizes, stacked some scrap rail on a trailer for disposal.
• Worked on the control rodding / compensator for the Catchpoint.
• Unloaded 26 tonnes of hardwood timber for the station platform retaining wall and coping edge.

Below are some photos of the platform timbers

Next working bee is 7th & 8th August

1. More compensator work – checking and repair – making sure that everything works according specification
2. Removing lengths of rail with condemned foot replacing same – shifting from stockpile on Lowes Mt Rd
3. De-cluttering area next to container
4. Moving caravan
5. Container – Assembling shelving from Bunnings and getting “stuff” off the floor

Shunting accreditation and HOL 8th July

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.

Project working bee 5th & 6th June

Working bee wrap 5th & 6th June.
At the project working bee the weather was a talking point at the start of both mornings, with some signs of snow around on Wednesday morning and a -5C start on Thursday the team was keen to get working. We had 7 volunteers, 3 locals (Greg, & Graham & Martyn) and 4 ‘out of towners’ (Geoff & Mick from Sydney) and (Phil & Jenny from the Southern Highlands). Oberon Council supported the working bee with an excavator and driver Ken, this is part of Councils 356 in-kind grant.
Jobs completed were:-
• Installation of a 40-foot Stockrail / Checkrail unit on road 5.
• Installation of 5 turnout timber bearers in 4/5 turnout.
• Relocation of a number of drums of Perway spares.
• Cutting a number of ‘Km’ posts from scrap rail.
• Early spring clean on the inside of Car Set 21.
During Thursday morning Scott McGregor who was the guest speaker at Wednesday night’s General Meeting called in and checked out activities that OTHR have been carrying out.

Federal funding for Stage 1 of the Project Oberon to Hazelgrove

With the Federal Coalition Government being re-elected last night the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. looks forward to the $1.5M Federal funding commitment given on the 9th may by the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP for Stage 1 of the restoration Oberon Branch Line between Oberon & Hazelgrove. click on the below for details

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