Help Build a Tourist Railway

$5,855 of $600k goal

Raised by 75 people in 12 months
David Mcmurray  2787 Oberon NSW
This is a call to all train enthusiasts world wide.

Oberon is located in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

Oberon-Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. (OTHR) is a totally volunteer group of enthusiasts with a vision to restore the Oberon Branch Railway from Tarana NSW on the main western line to Oberon NSW a distance of approx 24K. for the purpose of operating a tourist railway.
The railway is to be completed in three stages during the next ten years.
Stage One calls for restoration of the line to Hazlegrove NSW and the station precinct.
Stage Two calls for the restoration of the line from Hazlegrove NSW to Carlwood NSW.
Stage Three calls for restoration of the line from Carlwood NSW to Tarana NSW.

The Oberon - Tarana rail line passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in New South Wales.
The line contains some of the sharpest curves and steepest grades to be found anywhere.

Our association has been active since 2006 and during that time we have restored approx 5.6K of heritage railway line from Oberon NSW to Hazlegrove NSW.
The heritage listed Oberon Station and surrounds have been mostly restored and we have accumulated many pieces of rolling stock, as well as two locomotives.  A very large shed has been erected to store rolling stock and the locomotives.
In fact OTHR has already spent approx $2,500,000. in cash and kind to get the project to this point.
OTHR is now keen to get the project running as soon as possible but certainly within two years.

Please browse our website:

The target funding of $600,000. will provide the means to complete Stage One, get our tourism operation up and running and that will provide cash flow to commence and complete Stages Two and Three in time.

The target funding will be spent in the following ways:
Complete rail at Hazlegrove end and sundry rail line materials approx. $135K
Plant and equipment approx. $75K
Professional restoration of two heritage carriages approx. $200K
Recommission two locomotives approx. $20K
Entrance Pavilion approx $50K
Startup costs approx $120K

If all train enthusiasts support us to the point that we exceed our target then any surplus funds will be employed in starting  restoration of Stage Two of the heritage line.

Although OTHR needs the target funding as quickly as possible we would envisage all funds would be raised within twelve months.

Initially OTHR plans to operate weekends with two tours daily. Special restaurant tours and music tours would operate monthly and group tours at other times would be by appointment.
OTHR has a Business Plan forecasting our operations for the next ten years and that plan indicates that what we plan is feasible and will be self funding.

The volunteers at OTHR are very keen to see the target of $600,000 raised to allow us to fulfill our vision of ten years past.
The benefits of this project will provide direct and indiect employment for many  locals and will help the town of Oberon NSW, Australia to continue to prosper.

It goes without saying that OTHR will be extremely grateful to receive the financial support of all train enthusiasts worldwide.

OTHR is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible.

As a mark of appreciation to all generous supporters we intend to reward you in the following way:
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Update 23
Posted by David McMurray
1 month ago
Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. is very pleased to advise the winners of our inaugural offline donation giveaway.
Winners are:

1st Prize: Original Artwork by Mike O'Kane;

Phillip Bramich of Oberon NSW

2nd Prize: Two tickets to Mayfield Garden;

J. Gray

3rd Prize: Hamper;

Don Capel of Oberon NSW.

Congratulations to all winners!
Watch out for our next offline donation giveaway happening shortly.

Photo this posting is of the train just arrived at Oberon station and is standing in the platform. The engine will uncouple and 1957 will run around the train to take it back to Tarana. 1919 will travel "light engine". Photo taken 2nd March 1963 by Dennis O'Brien.

I remind you all that our fund raising is ongoing. A working train at Oberon station just as in the photo is OTHR's ultimate goal.
Please donate, even $1.00, to help make the vision a reality. An ideal donation would be say $30.00 and all donations are tax deductible. Donations may be made on this page.
Engine 1957 at Oberon Station
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Update 22
Posted by David McMurray
1 month ago
It's been a while since my last post. Thanks to all the recent donors; every dollar helps in our vision to get a train running on the Oberon-Tarana line again.

OTHR's offline donation programme has closed for the time being.

The committee is considering the next prize to be offered in the next offline promotion; keep a lookout for that promotion happening soon.

Many enthusiasts swore blind there was never a Rail Motor running on the Oberon line, so here's the proof.
This photo was taken at the top of the Mount prior to descending down the plateau towards Carlwood.

If you were considering making a donation, please do so as our fundraising is continuous. Donations may be made via the GoFundMe platform.

Remember, all donations are tax deductible and OTHR will provide you with a receipt.

Don't give up on us as work is steadily progressing towards achieving our goal.
Rail Motor on Oberon Line
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Update 21
Posted by David McMurray
3 months ago
Be quick! Only 18 days until OTHR makes the draw to decide the winner of our fabulous offline donation prize painting by local Oberon artist Mike O'Kane.

OTHR continues to seek donations in one of two ways; by donating offline which gives you a chance to be in the draw for the painting, or second prize: two tickets to Mayfield Garden , or third prize: a hamper (each $5.00 donation equals one ticket in the draw); or by donating in the normal way via the Gofundme platform.

Details on how to donate offline are located in previous posts.

Our open day is on 11th February 2017 from 9.00AM and is part of the renowned Highland Steam & Vintage Fair here in Oberon. Donations can be made in person on the day.
Any train buff, in fact anybody is invited to come and have a look at our forward looking project.

Of course the vision of an operational train line can't be achieved unless everyone spares a dollar or two.
If everyone of our Facebook sharers donated $30.00 each then we would have more than needed to instigate the two independent studies that need to be completed in order to move to applying for decent Government funding. It's as easy as that!

With 18 days left 'til our first offline draw is finalised there is more than enough time to achieve this our first goal.

All donations are tax deductible and we are in your hands to achieve it.

Photo shows the first prize painting.

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Update 20
Posted by David McMurray
3 months ago
Our first offline donation with a prize of Mike O'Kane's painting of a train about to cross Snakes Gully Bridge north of Oberon on the Oberon - Tarana branch line draw has been delayed by OTHR Committee.
The draw will now take place on Saturday 11th February 2017.
The reason being that OTHR has a major open and fundraising day on that day in conjunction with the Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair.
We know you wont mind the delay in drawing the prize and it gives you a bit more time to make a donation.
To compensate OTHR has added a second prize of two entry tickets to Mayfield Garden and a third prize of a hamper.
Anyone who has already made a donation in the offline draw will be automatically entered for the additional prizes.
To make a donation offline simply mail your donation with your details as previously advised to PO Box 299 Oberon NSW 2787 and mark the envelope clearly "fundraiser". The cut-off for mailed donations will now be 4th February 2017 but you can still make donations on the day if you attend the open day. In any event this is a day not to be missed.
Should you wish to make a donation via the "Go Fund Me" platform, you can still do this in the normal way.
Photos today are of Mike O'Kane's painting held by Treasurer John Brotchie and the second is of Cattle Wagon CW17192 owned by OTHR. This wagon is currently being restored and once completed will be displayed at the historic Oberon Station precinct.

Hurray! Hurray! Make your donation today to help get the Oberon to Hazelgrove section of line operational as soon as possible.
Only your donations will make this happen.
painting by Mike O'Kane
Cattle Wagon CW17192
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$5,855 of $600k goal

Raised by 75 people in 12 months
Created April 30, 2016
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