CURRENT NEWS ITEMS
May 2016 - Beverley Redman Elected a Life Member.
On the recommendation of the Board, Beverley Redman was elected as a Life Member of the Society. Beverley has actively supported the Society for over 20 years managing car attendant rostering, catering, souvenirs and many other roles. We congratulate Beverly on her election.
May 2016 - Secretary Bryan Hicks Retires.
After 18 years a Society Secretary, Bryan Hicks has decided the time had come to announce his retirement. Michael "Mick" Walsh was elected to fill the Secretary's position. Bryan will still remain an active member of the Board and continue as a regular travelling fitter on Society trains. We extend our thanks and congratulations to Bryan for his long service to the Society.
May 2015 - Annual General Meeting.
The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 7 May 2016. The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year, and the line managers presented their regular reports. This was the second election of the Board under the new constitution, where five of the members retired in rotation and were eligible for re-election. Following the AGM, the Board met and elected the Office-bearers for the ensuing year. The elected Board for 2016-2017 is:
April 2016 - HPC 402 Used For Ballast Survey.
HPC 402 found another role, this time to facilitate a survey of the ballast condition of ARTC's Hunter Valley heavy haul network. The work was carried out for Railtrak and Zetica plc (UK). 402 was fitted with various items of ground penetrating radar, lasers and video cameras for the survey. The survey covered the Ulan Line to Gulgong, the Northwest branch to Narrabri as well as all of the main lines and portions of the Port Waratah and Kooragang branches.
April 2016 - Hunter Valley Steamfest 30th Anniversary.
CPH 1 and 7 provided our usual shuttle services between Maitland and Paterson for this year's Steamfest. NPF 621 and NTC 721 provided two excursions each day to Saxonvale Junction due to the size of the event. Excellent passenger numbers were again carried on all trips, showing another further improvement over the previous year's event.
March 2016 - Operations on the South Maitland Railway.
After years of trying, the Society was finally able to run trains on the South Maitland Railway. An initial crew orientation trip was run on 13 March followed by our first revenue service on 19 March for Maitland Palliative Care.
January 2016 - East Coast Low Pressure System.
The forecast East Coast Low on January 5 provided Paterson Depot's drainage system with another severe test. Fortunately for us, the advanced warning from the Bureau of Meteorology enabled our drains and grates to be cleared of any debris and local flooding on the site was minimal. No property damage was incurred as a result of the weather system.
December 2015 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The Society's annual Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented at the Christmas function held at Club Macquarie on Sunday, 13 December. These awards recognise the tremendous efforts made by our volunteer workforce during the current year. The awards were voted on by the volunteers themselves and they represent true recognition of their efforts by their peers. The recipients were:
39 members and their partners enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch and thanks go to Bev Redman for again organising the event and to Club Macquarie for providing the venue and an excellent meal.
November 2015 - HPC 402 Radio Testing.
HPC 402 has again ventured out to perform radio testing. This time 402 was used to test the interfaces for the new RailCorp Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) and the adjoining networks. The interfaces tested included Islington, Macarthur, Unanderra, Kiama and Bowenfels. The testing was to verify the changeover between the ICE system and DTRS.
September 2015 - CPH's and 620 in the Metro.
CPH 1, 3 and 7 travelled to Sydney to provide the Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division) Triangles Tour on Saturday 12 September. The trio traversed all sides of the Metropolitan Triangles except for Chullora (due to track work). Sister units NPF 621 and NTC 721 were off to the races, conveying a local group to Rosehill Racecourse for the racing carnival on Saturday, 26 September.
August 2015 - HPC 402 Maintenance.
After some 15 years since returning to Society service, HPC 402 has received some major maintenance to its roof mounted radiator system. The entire system was removed in eight sections and sent to Maitland Radiator Service for attention. The sections were thoroughly cleaned and damaged elements were repaired or replaced as required. New high temperature seals were fitted in place of the old rubber seals. The roof mounted header tank was also sent away for remedial attention. After reinstallation the system was satisfactorily tested. Further work on 402 has included the replacement of all wooden windows and the fitting of a new kitchen. With the assistance of a donation from ARHS (NSW Division) a PA system will be installed in the near future.
July 2015 - Cleanup of Depot Completed.
The final remnants of the April storm damage to our Depot have been collected and removed. Members have poured a concrete slab and erected the replacement garden shed to house our grounds maintenance equipment. Following the cleanup activities, a number of other areas of minor damage have been identified and these are currently being addressed by our volunteers. It is interesting to note here the distinct lack of support from the government for the not-for-profit sector (other than sporting bodies) in the wake of the April deluge. We maintain the largest collection of State heritage-listed rail motors in NSW and as a result of the storms, much needed funds for maintenance and restoration of those assets have had to be expended on cleanup activities.
June 2015 - Cleanup of our Depot.
The cleanup of storm damage to our Depot at Paterson has continued. Fortunately our building insurance covered the major cost items requiring attention. The damage bill was in excess of $6,000 and the Society is grateful to our insurer GIO for their prompt and courteous attention to our claim. Major items undertaken by contractors were the restoration of power services, removal of the large tree that brought down the power lines and replacement garden shed for our grounds equipment. There were, however, a number of fallen trees that were not covered by insurance and these were removed by members.
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