Help Build a Tourist Railway

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Raised by 81 people in 31 months
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: http://othr.com.au/

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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It's been quite a while since we posted a message.
Needless to say we still rely on your goodwill to donate to our vision of getting a train running on the tracks between Oberon and Tarana.

Work continues behind the scenes updating our safety management and restoration of the line and rolling stock. For the time being OTHR is being prevented from working outside the Oberon Station precinct and the committee is working to renew its accreditation.
The halt in work on the line wasn't OTHR's fault; the existing accreditation was becoming unworkable so it was best to re-apply after some rule updates. This is happening right now.

July saw more work carried out on the Oberon Station PC3 building, the TMV's and the 1897 American style end carriages. Work on grant applications are on-going.
On 3rd July the first train to take to the tracks in 39 years occurred with a shunt organised to move carriages

August saw the results of our survey of the retail sector of Oberon. This was to ascertain the economic benefits to the town and to Tarana when the line is eventually reopened. We found that the retailers are right behind the project and a highlight was to discover that there is a possibility that 11 permanent jobs and 34 casual jobs would be created initially.

September saw cattle wagon 17192 returned to the railway precinct and a grant has been lodged for its rebuild. On completion it will be one of only seven such wagons to be restored to its original condition. Maintenance was carried out on some of our equipment. The Oberon yard track was inspected and routine maintenance scheduled

Monthly Open Days are popular once again . These occur on the first Saturday monthly. Group visits are gaining in popularity with a number scheduled in the next two months when approximately 340 visitors will be given an OTHR tour of the yard. This is an experience that shouldn't be missed.

None of this could happen if it weren't for your generous support. Your donations are used directly in assisting with the work of getting the branch line to Tarana to fruition. That doesn't happen in 5 minutes and we appreciate your patience in letting the committee get on with the job.

The appeal for funding is more important than ever and every dollar donated gets us closer to our goals. Please be generous in your support. We have charitable status so your donations are tax deductable.
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Your committee continues to make steady progress towards getting a train running to Tarana as a tourist operation. It's frustrating for the average person because a lot of what we have been doing in recent months is associated with the administrative side and nothing much seems to be happening. Nothing could be further from the truth; a vital part of our operations are the rules under which we operate, the Safety Management Systems or SMS. These are being updated for current conditions and we can't run our operations without these rules being in place.

Funding is being sought to rebuild the station platform a task that needs to be done after 96 years.

Enquiries are in place to inspect both the locomotives and the heritage end carriages in preparation for shunting operations in the station precinct slated for the end of June 2018.

Group visits are now in full swing and are having remarkable success. If you are part of a group or association and are looking for places to visit why not come to Oberon NSW and experience our world famous attractions of Jenolan Caves and Mayfield Garden, of course not forgetting to participate in a delightful railway experience at Oberon Station. Bookings are essential and can be made in the first instance with our Secretary at admin@othr.com.au A few days of fresh mountain air is the best holiday break ever.

Naturally we are still seeking your donations as our association can't keep going without the generous support of everyone who follows this page. Please share this page with your friends and associates.

A generous donation of $30.00 helps us so much and as we are a charitable association, your donation is tax deductible.

Don't delay, make a donation today
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Your committee continues to work towards achieving our vision.
The Heritage Transport Rally was a great success both in visitor numbers and financially. Funds raised will be put towards our ongoing day to day expenses. Over 350 visitors were recorded over the two days.
We are working towards accreditation to operate a locomotive in the Oberon yard for shunting purposes and believe we can still achieve the goal by 30th June 2018.
Part of the committee's vision of running tourist trains to Tarana is to refurbish infrastructure and we are seeking funding to rebuild the Oberon station platform. The funding, if successful, is part of the Gofundme dollar target.
We are now accepting bookings from any group or association to visit the station precinct and experience our progress to date. If you are part of a group or association and would like to see what Oberon has to offer including an Oberon Station precinct experience, please contact our Secretary by email admin@othr.com.au for further information.
Don't forget your generous donation is really important in achieving our goals. A $20.00 donation will help us move further ahead and it is tax deductible.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Photo courtesy Lithgow2790.com
Photo courtesy Gavin Rae
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It's been a while since my last post. Don't forget we need your continued donations as a means to meet our vision of running trains from Oberon to Tarana in the future.
We continue to make progress on working towards our vision. The updated OTHR website is now live; it's easy to navigate, isn't as busy as our old site , is bright and breezy and loaded with information.
The Heritage Transport Rally will shortly be presented by Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. in association with The Oberon Heritage & Collectors Club Inc. and in conjunction with the Skoda & Tatra Register and the Society of Drivers , engineers and Mechanics. The dates of the Rally are Saturday 10th March 12. Noon to 4.00PM and Sunday 11th March 8.00AM to 12 Noon. What a great opportunity to see the machinery that powered Oberon from the 1920's to the 1970's. Also a great opportunity to meet the committee and discuss the progress of what's been happening and future plans and where your Gofundme donations are to be spent. Don't forget that the Oberon Swap Meet is being run on Sunday 11th March as well. Two great reasons to take a run to Oberon!!
OTHR continues to push ahead with its plans. We are making an application and gain approval for ONSR accreditation to shunt in the Oberon yard using a locomotive, to be in place by 30 June 2018.
A further application by OTHR to apply for and gain ONSR accreditation to operate work trains to Hazelgrove before 31 December 2018.
Finally an application will be made to gain approval for ONSR accreditation to operate passenger trains to Hazelgrove before 31 December 2019, being the 40th Anniversary since the last passenger service.
This plan is challenging and requires a lot of behind the scenes work (and donations) if we are to meet those targets.
OTHR has received advice that we should be seeking funding for the entire line to Tarana as we would stand a better chance of receiving funding than for just Stage 1 (Oberon to Hazelgrove). The advice is that if we are fortunate in receiving funding for the entire line then we can still complete the line in sections with the knowledge that we can fund the entire track. At the moment research is well underway and talks are advancing with the appropriate people for sources of funding.
Of course we have to demonstrate that we have your backing and the major way to do this is to continue to make donations for the track rebuild.
Finally, we are now seeking sponsors. If you own a business or a business person, then please consider a sponsorship. There are various levels of sponsorship and we would love to discuss these with you at any time. Contact our Secretary on 02 6336-0441 or email admin@othr.com.au to be directed to the sponsorship officer.
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