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: