Oberon railway line

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Oberon railway line
Overview
Other name(s) Oberon branch
Status closed
Termini Tarana
Oberon
Stations 4
Operation
Opened 3 October 1923 (1923-10-03)
Closed 1979
Technical
Line length 15 miles 7 chains (24.3 km)[1]
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Minimum radius 5 chains (330 ft; 100 m)
Highest elevation 1,106 m (3,629 ft)
Maximum incline 4%
Route map
Map
Arhs oberon.jpg

The Oberon railway line is a short, disused branch railway line in western New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from the Main West at Tarana and heads in a southerly direction to the town of Oberon. It was earlier put forward as a line from Tarana to Burraga to benefit the Burraga copper mine.[2] It opened on 3 October 1923.[3][1] The line was lightly constructed with steep grades (1 in 25) and tight curves, and was operated by lightweight steam and then diesel locomotives.[4] It transported local seasonal vegetables, timber and livestock. Passenger services ended in 1971, and goods services were suspended in 1979 with the line effectively closing. The line is currently being restored by a volunteer association to allow heritage and tourist operation.[5]

The early history of the line is contained in an article appearing in Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, July, 1958.

Preservation efforts[edit]

Since 2007, the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc (OTHR) [5] have been steadily restoring the track between Oberon station and Hazelgrove. Two end platform carriages (on loan from NSWRTM) and some smaller wagons have been delivered and are on the tracks in Oberon station. Two 73 class diesel locos have moved[6] and CPH 13 is awaiting shipment to Oberon to form the OTHR's motive power. It is the long-term goal of the association to run trains all the way to the mainline at Tarana.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Government Gazette Notices". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (114). New South Wales, Australia. 28 September 1923. p. 4252. Retrieved 18 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "TARANA-BURRAGA RAILWAY.". Lithgow Mercury. New South Wales, Australia. 2 June 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 24 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Bozier, Rolfe; et al. "Oberon Line". NSWrail.net. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  4. ^ Vergison, P. The Branch Line Goods Railway Digest February 2002
  5. ^ a b "Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc". Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "THE 73 CLASS DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES HAVE ARRIVED!". Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

Route map: Google

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