Help Build a Tourist Railway

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Raised by 81 people in 23 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.

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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 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 to be directed to the sponsorship officer.
Don't forget to donate, it's easy via Gofundme.
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Thanks to those who have donated since our last post.

There have been some significant changes at OTHR in recent times.
A new committee has been appointed as a result of the Annual General Meeting and the line up now includes a couple of new committee men with considerable railway management experience to compliment the committee's existing expertise.
New President, Greg Bourne, has emphasised that OTHR must do all it can to ensure that its overall mission - to develop a tourist railway - is at the forefront of its day to day operations.

Now that we have achieved a Heritage Operators Licence for the Oberon station yard we are working towards securing a further HOL for the line north of Albion Street; in other words the line to Hazelgrove.

Two major developments have taken place recently. THNSW helped us move the two 73 class locomotives from in front of the station to the rolling stock shed and that will allow regular maintenance and refurbishment to take place out of Oberon's harsh weather.
Our Wickham Track Maintenance Vehicle has been taken to a workshop off site for some repair work.

Should you wish to come to Oberon and see for yourself what's been happening then you will be very welcome at our "Heritage Transport Rally" to be held on 10th and 11th March 2018. This will be a low key event with many of our vehicles on show and operating as well as cars, trucks, steam traction engines and much more.

Refurbishment of the end carriages continues. A number of signal frames have been restored and are currently located at the Oberon station yard pending relocation for use on the line, and an interactive display in due course.

Funds have become available to repaint the interior of Oberon station in preparation for the establishment of a professional museum. That museum will depict Oberon branch line history from steam to diesel and also some OTHR history, and will be a major addition in our quest to establish a tourist railway. That museum is projected to provide valuable income for OTHR.
Recent times have seen this page calling for donations from you, your friends and any railway enthusiasts to help advance our project to fruition Thanks to those who have answered the call so far. Some of the donated funds so far will be used on the station project as part of our quest to operate a professional tourist destination.

Your committee doesn't expect all you loyal donors to foot the projected cash target nor are we sitting back wringing our hands and hoping for some miracle.

Your committee has recently returned to the "big picture" and is again looking at the whole project, Oberon to Tarana, rather than just Stage 1 to Hazelgrove.

In that regard, we are continually looking for suitable grants and recently have entered into talks with the State Government to provide funding on a much larger scale.
There is a great deal of information to be gathered and the road to success is complex with a vast number of checks to be passed. We hope the end game will be successful but there are no guarantees.

I can't stress enough that your continued donations are as important now as ever in helping the funding process.

There is a great buzz at OTHR at the moment and you can be part of it, simply by giving a dollar or three. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

Why not apply to become a member? Simply contact our Secretary on 02 6336-0441 or email You will receive a regular newsletter on what's happening as part of that membership.
Strength is in numbers and you can be part of the excitement!

Locos on the move
Almost at the new home for locos
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My post of two months ago alluded to something special about to happen.
Well here's the excellent news: the OTHR committee has been successful in obtaining both a Heritage Operators Licence and accreditation to allow some movement on the railway.
The Heritage Operators Licence is rather like a lease on the ground but it allows us to use the land for heritage rail operations. This licence comes from TfNSW, an arm of the State Government.
The accreditation to operate section cars and work on the line in the area covered by our HOL was granted by the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator (ONSR). This is a national auditing organisation that makes sure we are doing everything in the manner we have said in our SMS documentation and that we are operating safely.
This means we can now operate Section Cars within the Oberon station precinct.
These documents are an important first step to getting a train running on the Oberon Tarana branch line again. The next step is getting the appropriate approval to shunt our locos in the Oberon station precinct.
Your continued donations will now allow us to eventually get the Locos out of the Oberon station precinct and onto the line to Hazelgrove (Stage 1).
Share in our excitement by donating now. Remember, the OTHR committee has made one small step for rail enthusiasts everywhere; lets make it one giant leap for heritage rail generally.
Your donations help us in applying for the big grants as well as assisting the Oberon to Tarana project to move forward.
An historic photo of Carlwood Station
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It's been a while since I last posted; thanks to those who have donated recently. Our fund raising is ongoing and any donations received via this page is quarantined from our general funds, to get a train on the Oberon to Tarana branch line again. The OTHR committee has recently applied for a couple of small grants to advance the project.
We continue to make progress and one area that will become apparent soon is a professional display in the heritage Oberon Station. Our office and stored memorabilia will have been moved to the new storage room shortly and the interior of the station will be refurbished to accommodate a themed museum display.
The small grants , if won, will be applied to inspection and repair of carriage bogies and work on the locos as well as preparing a couple of DVD's, one depicting the history of the Oberon to Tarana branch line and an interview with member Wayne Dempsey to record his life as a tradesman in carriage works. Both will form part of the proposed new display.
These are some of the projects that form part of our objective of providing a working heritage museum that includes branch line operations. The proposed grants will also be a part of our large fund raising objective.
As the Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair will be rested in 2018, the OTHR committee is presenting its first ever Heritage Transport Rally on the weekend of the 10th & 11th March 2018. Refer to the OTHR Website, Facebook or OTHR newsletter for full details. A poster is attached to this post.
Major promoters are OTHR, Skoda and Tatra Register, Oberon Heritage and Collectors Club and the Society of Drivers, Engineers and Mechanics.
You are invited to come to Oberon to take part in the rally and to see for yourselves the work completed so far on the OTHR project.
Please don't forget to donate via this page or by posting a donation direct to OTHR at PO Box 299. Oberon, NSW. 2787. The continuous raising of funds are at the core of our project.
Don't forget the saying "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." This can't happen to us!
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