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November 2021

New Committee for 2021 – 2022 Endorsed at 

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 3rd November.

President: Gregory Bourne

Vice President: Ken Lingabala

Secretary: David McMurray

Treasurer: John Brotchie

Committee Member: Mark Handel

Committee Member: Michael O’Kane

Committee Member: Michael Clark

Public Officer – Greg Bourne

 

 — Post Added Thursday 4th November —

October 2021

With the recent changes on lockdown and stay at home orders ending next Monday 11th of October we have been able to make plans for future Open Days, working bees and group bookings.

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday the 3rd of November

7.30 pm Oberon RSL

November Open Day Saturday 6th

 —– Post Added Saturday 9th October  —–

September 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

 Oberon current covid situation

Update: As of 6.00 pm 29th September Oberon LGA is under stay at home orders for 7 days.

 At the end of last week Covid virus fragments were found in samples taken from the Oberon Sewage Treatment. Since then a small number of community members have tested positive.

“Whether Oberon reverts to Stay at Home directions is currently being considered by NSW Health.” Oberon Mayor Tuesday 28th September.

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 First Saturday Open Day 2nd October has been cancelled

Bi-monthly General Meeting of 6th October has been cancelled. Normally this would have been the AGM. An AGM decision will be made after the final clarifications for either Monday 11th or Monday 18th.

It would be good if we can move on with some degree of normality in November.

We have had to have a few micro-working bees manned by members from the Oberon LGA. The gates and fence for the security area have been completed. There have been deliveries of sleepers from West Wyalong and a turnout and some of the necessary timbers from Gilgandra.

Around 20 firms have asked for tender documents for the line restoration Oberon to Hazelgrove

—-Post Added 29th September 2021—-

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc

Contract No: CDG 1296 – Stage 1

Tender to carry out restoration work to reopen 5.8km of railway line from Hazelgrove to Oberon

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway is an accredited railway operator carrying out railway operations in Oberon Yard.

Tenders are invited from experienced railway contractors to carry out rail restoration work to reopen 5.8km of the non-operational railway line from Hazelgrove to Oberon.

RFQ form and Scope document are available for interested tenderers. Please email to admin@othr.com.au  to receive a copy of the tender documents. For any enquiries phone Ken Lingabala on 0407 064 786.

Tender closes at 5 pm, Friday 29 October 2021.

—-Post Added 10th September 2021—-

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The Covid Lockdown has certainly slowed down working bee progress in the Oberon Yard. We have lost around 30 working bee days since the announcement of the ‘Out there in West” lockdown on August 14th. We were just finishing up a working bee that day when we heard the news. I am sure some did not make it home by the 5.00 pm deadline.

The rain and snow last week created a reasonably big job on the track and in the corridor just south of Black Bullock Road.

This week we have had better weather. Slightly warmer nights and a few days with the daily temperature above 15 degrees. Increased sunlight and increased temperatures result in significant plant growth – we will be out in force soon on vegetation control.

You will be pleased to know that the committee is still able to meet using Zoom technology. Individual members have been working on their particular roles.

In particular Dave McMurray has been very involved in writing grant applications – the last one sent off was for the THNSW 2021 Grants Program. We are also preparing for another major one. Ken Lingabala has continued to work on the tender documents for the line restoration Oberon to Hazelgrove. He sent them off to ONRSR yesterday. We will call for tenders in the next fortnight.

—-Post Added 5th September 2021—-

June & July 2021

July

Working Bees will continue each Saturday in July.

  • 0900 to 1500.

  • Meet at the Rolling Stock Shed.

  • Participants will need normal PPE Equipment as well as a suitable covid mask.

  • Focusing on Security fence at rear of rolling stock shed & sleeper replacement in road 3

June Working Bees

Saturdays 19th and 26th June

Main focus area

  • Security Fence on Eastern Boundary – post holes and fence posts
  • Sleeper removal and replacement on road 2

Latest News

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.

Click here for videos

hi-rail          hi-rail3

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.

Oberon Volunteer Award

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