CURRENT NEWS ITEMS
June 2019 - 7344 Fitted With Buffers.
In preparation for further works in the Depot, buffers were fitted to the No.2 End of 7344. This will facilitate the shunting of our older rolling stock. Thanks to all concerned for their efforts. 7344 is also undergoing preparatory work for a new paint job that will return it to its original Indian Red and Yellow colour scheme.
June 2019 - 621 Goes In For Engine Change.
Following a significant engine failure at Albury, 621/721 was transferred to the Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre on 18 June for a planned change of both engines and tranmsissions. Two new main fuel tanks will also be fitted. Work is funded by an S2 Grant from Transport Heritage NSW.
June 2019 - CPH's at Transport Expo 2019.
Our three CPH's journeyed to Sydney to participate in the Transport Expo 2019 run by Transport Heritage NSW. Our participation was running excursions to Olympic Park and the Metropolitan Goods Lines. This was a very well organised event and we look forward to participating again next year.
May 2019 - Annual General Meeting.
The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 11 May 2019. The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year, and the line managers presented their regular reports. 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 Board for 2019-2020 is:
After 9 years' service, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer has decided to retire from her position on the Board. We thank Cheryl for her long service to the Board. Kaye Burgess was appointed to fill the casual vacancy. Stephen Davies did not seek re-election and we welcome Graeme Holloway as our newest Board member.
April 2019 - TAM and BR Restoration.
Work has been progressing with the cleaning and restoration of the TAM and BR for on-site overnight accommodation for visiting passengers and crew. The work has involved the installation of a new kitchen area in the BR and the preparation of the TAM berths for occupancy. Work has been carried out by our own members and our thanks go all concerned for their efforts.
March 2019 - Open Days.
Due to public demand, the Board has introduced local runs to Wallarobba on our third Saturday Open Days. Two shuttle trips using CPH 3 are planned each day. This will be reduced to one trip during the winter months (June to August). The new service has proved popular, adding another attraction to our museum exhibits on the Open Days.
March 2019 - 629/729 Departs.
620 Class set 629/729, owned by Goodwin Alco Pty Ltd has been resident at Paterson since 2009. The Society was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the owners for its future restoration and operation and it was agreed that 629/729 would be removed. The set departed Paterson under the power of 42103 on 15 March.
March 2019 - CPH Body Restoration.
Work on the replacement of the external wooden sides on CPH 1 has been completed. Despite the length of time since the side walls were last replaced (over 20 years), only a couple of studs and one door pillar required replacing. Work was carried out by Glen Davies over a 6 week period, assisted by some members as required. Painting was completed by member Peter Macfarlane. The work was funded by an S3 Funding Grant from Transport Heritage NSW.
December 2018 - 7344 Delivery Run.
After many months of planning and preparatory works, 7344 was delivered to Paterson on 28 December. The date was made available by a window in Sydney Trains Christmas shutdown schedule. After a minor overheating problem at Flemington, 7344 arrived in Paterson on schedule. Thanks to Tim Elderton and his team from Lithgow Railway Workshops for their work servicing the loco ready for transfer to Paterson. As 7344 was delivered without buffers, the Society has acquired a set of four from Richmond Vale Railway and these will be installed in due course. Thanks to all involved in the transfer.
December 2018 - 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 Saturday, 15 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:
38 members and their partners enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch and thanks go to Bev and Mick Walsh for organising the event and to Club Macquarie for providing the venue and an excellent meal.
December 2018 - Society Helps SMR Celebrate 125 Years.
South Maitland Railways celebrated their 125th Anniversary on the weekend of 8-9 December. Our 620 set ran services between East Greta Junction and Bellbird Junction while our CPH's ran services between East Greta Junction and Abermain. In order to facilitate the operations of the two trains, the normal single staff section was temporarily split into two for the weekend. We congratulate SMR on their 125th birthday.
November 2018 - Brisbane Driver Retires.
After 46 years in the rail industry, Brisbane driver Laurie Parsons and long time Society supporter has retired. We wish Laurie and his wife all the best for their future in retirement. Laurie's last job with us was the Novemebr Cruise Express Brisbane charter.
November 2018 - All Three Trains Out Together.
6 November saw all three of our trains togther at Muswellbrook at lunch time. 621/721 and our three CPH's were runing tours to the Muswellbrook Race Club's Melbourne Cup event, while 402 arrived after a five-day western excursion for the ARHS(NSW) 402 Club. This is the first time all three of our trains have been togther away from the Depot on revenue activities.
September 2018 - 721 Bogie Change.
621/721 journeyed to the Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre (BMC) for bogie change on NTC 721. Kings Engineering had previously refurbished the two bogies and these were installed at the BMC with the assistance of the Sydney Trains Emergency Response Team. Thanks to Shaun Kalverla and his team at BMC and the Emergency Response Team for their assistance with this project.
September 2018 - Society Supports Our Farmers.
To support the deperate needs of our drought affected farmers the Society operated two fundraising trips to Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water. Our activities included a monster raffle and a Garden Party hosted by Trish and Rod Short. We raised over $12,000 for the "Need For Feed" campaign. Thanks and our congratulations to Trish Short for leading the fundraising effort.
July 2018 - Society Acquires Loco 7344.
Following a successful submission, the Society has acquired 73 Class sunting locomotive under a custody agreement with Transport Heritage NSW. 7344 will deployed as a shunter at Paterson and also will provide us with a vehicle capable of recovering all of our rolling stock in the event of a major failure in traffic (a point raised in our recent application for accreditation in South Australia). Considerable work will be required before 7344 can be brought to Paterson, including the installation of an ICE radio, vigilance control, obtaining approval from the Regulator and obtaining the relevant TOC Waivers from the respective network owners.
May 2018 - Depot Improvements.
After months of preparation and planning, a large area of the rail motor shed floor was concreted on Wednesday, 23 May. The section of No.1 Road from the end of the service pit southwards to the new shed extension used some 28 cubic metres of concrete. The newly concreted floor will extend the level work area for use of our recently acquired forklift as well providing improved facilities for servicing of our rolling stock. The opportunity was also taken to relocate the bogie lifting frame from No.1 Road to No.2 Road. The work was carried out by local contractors under the supervision of Rodney Short as Project Manager. Thanks to all members who assisted with the project. Further concrete projects are planned to expand the level workspace in the shed.
May 2018 - Arthur Burgess elected Life Member.
At the Annual General Meeting, and on the recommendation of the Board, Arthur Burgess was elected as a Life Member of the Society in recognition of his 29 years service to the Society.
May 2018 - Annual General Meeting.
The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 12 May 2018. The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year, and the line managers presented their regular reports. 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 Board for 2018-2019 is:
February 2018 - 621/721 Flooring.
Following receipt of a grant from Transport Heritage NSW, the flooring in NPF 621 and NTC 721 was removed and replaced with new vinyl flooring. A significant amount of the underflooring timber was also replaced to age related rot caused since its original construction in 1960-61. The work was carried out by a contractor under the supervision of Michael Walsh as Project Manager. At the same time, the Society provided new kitchen facilities in each car.
January 2018 - Board Retirements.
During December, two members of the Board submitted their resignations. The Board has appointed Bruce Greenham and John Ridden to fill the casual vacancies. We congratulate Bruce and John upon their appointments.
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