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CURRENT NEWS ITEMS

May 2021 - CPH 19 Bogies Recovered.

After a lot of preparation work by members, CPH 19 was lifted off its 2QG bogies and placed onto surplus 2TE (600 Class) bogies. The plan is for the two 2QG bogies to be refurbished and then placed under one of our operational CPHs. This will enable a program of rolling bogie refurbishment to be undertaken without the need for our operational units to be taken out of service for an extended period.

May 2021 - Grant Received for Water Tanks.

The Society has received a grant of $5,000 for the installation of water tanks on the Rail Motor Shed. The grant was made under Hunter Water's "Love Water" scheme and will enable the Society to make considerable savings on water usage into the future. The Society appreciates the generosity of Hunter Water in making this grant available to us.

May 2021 - Grant Received for Bogie Refurbishment.

The Society has received a grant of up to $22,724 with a matching funding contribution from the Society under the 2021-2023 Heritage NSW Grants program. The grant will enable the repair and maintenance of Rail Motor CPH 1 Bogies.

May 2021 - Annual General Meeting.

The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 15 May 2021. In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, the meeting was again held in the rail motor shed at Paterson Depot with 24 members in attendance and 10 apologies. This meeting marked the end of an era. President, Arthur Burgess, retired from the Board of Management after 20 years of dedicated service to the Society, including 14 years as our President. Arthur has been on leave of absence from the Board since late 2020 due to health issues and in light of these ongoing problems, has decided to step down from the Board. We thank Arthur for his long service and contribution to the Society. We all extend to him our very best wishes for a speedy resolution to his health issues and an early return to an active participation in our Society. Board member, John Ridden, also stood down from the Board due to work pressures. Vice President, Rodney Short, thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year. Four other Board members retired in rotation and were eligible for re-election. Six nominations were received for the six vacant positions and we are pleased welcome Steve Harper and Robert Spencer as our newest Board members. Following the AGM, the new Board met and elected the Office-bearers for the ensuing year. The Board for 2021-2022 is:

President:

Rodney Short

Vice President:

Spencer Ross

Secretary:

Michael Walsh

Treasurer:

Trish Short

Asst. Sectry/Treas:

Bruce Agland

Board Members:

Kaye Burgess

Bruce Greenham

Stephen Harper

Graeme Holloway

Paul Horder

Robert Spencer

April 2021 - 621/721 Involved in Level Crossing Collision.

The sad news of the accidental damage to NPF 621 in a level crossing collision at Tharbogang on a Cruise Express Tour has dampened the Society's spirits, however, an inspection of the unit when it was returned to Paterson showed that the damage was assessed as relatively minor due to the low impact speed (recorded on our in-vehicle camera at just 23 kilometres per hour). The unit's buffer beam took the majority of the impact and a fortunate aspect was that the truck involved was not loaded. The other very fortunate outcome was that none of our passengers or crew members were injured. The Board is proceeding with repairs and recovery of the repair costs as well as lost profits from the truck's insurer with expectation of returning the unit back to service as soon as possible.

March 2021 - Floods Cause Service Cancellation.

Flooding as a result of torrentional rain from an East Coast Low in late March caused the North Coast Line to be closed from Telarah to Acacia Ridge. A number of locations along the line suffered flood damage. The Short North was also closed due to flooding around Cockle Creek. These weather events resulted in the cancellation of a number of Society services including our March Open Day.

December 2020 - Christmas Barbeque at Paterson.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions placed on gatherings by Club Macquarie, the Board decided to cancel our regular Christmas function for this year only. In lieu, a Christmas barbeque was held at Paterson Depot on Wednesday, 16 December. Over 50 members and invited guests attended where the presentation of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was made to the Society by Comsteel General Manager, Lindsay Reid. A special presentation was also made to Paul Casey for his assistance as a Protection Officer for the fencing of the new siding. Our annual Volunteer of the Year Awards were also presented. 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:

  • 2020 Winner: Kaye Burgess
  • 2020 Runners Up: Trevor Hooker & Ted Dunbar
  • 2020 Encouragement Award: Mehdi Sazegar

Special thanks to Trish Short and Kaye Burgess for arranging the luncheon, to Greg Duncan our chef and the many others who assisted on the day.

November 2020 - HPC 402 Returns from successful project.

402 returned home to Paterson on 11 November following an intensive 6-week project measuring the overhead contact wiring in the metropolitan area. After travelling to Sydney on 2 October, the testing equipment was installed at the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh and the first revenue operation from Mortdale to Coal Cliff took place in the early hours of 11 October. This was followed up with another 20 early morning runs over the following weeks. The project proved very successful, identifying a number of problematic locations on the network.

October 2020 - Society services recommence.

As a result of the easing of Government restrictions, the Society has developed an approved Covid-19 Safety Plan for its passenger operations. The first operation under the plan was a Gulgong service on the October long weekend for Greenhills Travel. The weekend proved a success with three local trips being run from Gulgong to Dunedoo on the Sunday lay day. The Society is pleased to welcome Greenhills Travel as a new customer and we look forward to further operations with them in 2021.

August 2020 - Society Wins Sydney Trains Contract.

The Scoiety was successful in tendering for the provision of HPC 402 to carry out inspections of the overhead wiring in the SSydney Trains area. The project will involve the fitting of a panotgraph to the No.1 End of 402 to carry out the inspection work. Work is expected to commence in early October and run for about 6-7 weeks. The testing equipment will be provided from Germany and 402 will be based at the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh for the duration of the project. The Society is grateful to Transport Heritage NSW for making space in the LES available to us. The Society is contracted for five years for this work.

July 2020 - Annual General Meeting.

The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 25 July 2020. The meeting was deferred from its usual April-May timeframe due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. The deferment was approved by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, the meeting was held in the rail motor shed at Paterson Depot with 26 members in attendance and 9 apologies.The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year and a minute's silence was held to mark the passing of Board Member Eric Larkins, earlier in the year. The line managers presented their regular reports. Four of the remaining members retired in rotation and were eligible for re-election. We welcome Paul Horder as our newest Board member. Following the AGM, the Board met and elected the Office-bearers for the ensuing year. The Board for 2020-2021 is:

President:

Arthur Burgess

Vice President:

Rodney Short

Secretary:

Michael Walsh

Treasurer:

Trish Short

Asst. Sectry/Treas:

Bruce Agland

Board Members:

Kaye Burgess

Bruce Greenham

Graeme Holloway

Paul Horder

John Ridden

Spencer Ross

July 2020 - Passing of Board Member Eric Larkins.

It is with much regret and deep sadness that the Society advises members of the passing of Eric Larkins, a long standing and highly esteemed member, Board Member, Infrastructure Manager and regular train crew member. Eric had been "off the rails" for some time but many would be unaware that he was suffering from an acute illness. Tragically the treatment was unsuccessful and Eric passed away on 6 July 2020, aged 76.

June 2020 - Major Drainage project completed.

The final component of Paterson Depot's drainage system was completed in mid-June. The project invoved piping the open drain along the north western side of the shed. 100 metres of concrete pipe, eight drainage pits and one headwall were laid resulting in the formation for No.4 Road being completed at the same time. Branch lines were laid to collect runoff from culverts under Webbers Creek Road to minimise future local flooding events. An access road was also completed to allow vehicular access between the top and bottom of the depot. The work was assisted by a $20,000 grant from the Federal Government under the Communities Environment Program.

March 2020 - Society services suspended.

As a result of Government restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Society has suspended all passenger services, Open Days, Depot inspections and workdays until further notice.

February 2020 - New Tractor for the Depot.

As our old tractor had reached the end of its economic life, the Board decided to purchase a new Mahindra tractor for work around the depot. A number of additional implements were also purchased. We were fortunate to find a buyer for the old tractor.

February 2020 - 623/723 delivered to Broadmeadow.

Under instructions from Transport Heritage NSW the Society delivered NPF 623 and NTC 723 from CFCLA's workshop at Goulburn to NSW Trains Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre for attention to a number of systems. The delivery was undertaken in conjunction with an Albury tour for Cruise Express.

January 2020 - Additional concrete flooring.

Additional concrete flooring has been poured in the shed. The additional area covers No.2 Road in the vicinity of the lifting frame and provides a fully level concrete area around the lifting frame for bogie maintenance.

2019 - HEADLINES.

  • Mar 2019 - CPH Body Restoration.
  • Mar 2019 - 629/729 Departs.
  • Mar 2019 - Open Days.
  • Apr 2019 - TAM and BR Restoration.
  • May 2019 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Jun 2019 - 7344 Fitted With Buffers.
  • Jun 2019 - 621 Goes In For Engine Change.
  • Jun 2019 - CPH's at Transport Expo 2019.
  • Oct 2019 - 7344 Receives a new paint job.
  • Dec 2019 - CPH 1 Commences Body Maintenance.
  • Dec 2019 - Christmas Function.

2018 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2018 - Board Retirements.
  • Feb 2018 - 621/721 Flooring.
  • May 2018 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2018 - Arthur Burgess elected Life Member.
  • May 2018 - Depot Improvements.
  • Jul 2018 - Society Acquires Loco 7344.
  • Sep 2018 - Society Supports Our Farmers.
  • Sep 2018 - 721 Bogie Change.
  • Nov 2018 - Brisbane Driver Retires.
  • Nov 2018 - All Three Trains Out Together.
  • Dec 2018 - Society Helps SMR Celebrate 125 Years.
  • Dec 2018 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.
  • Dec 2018 - 7344 Delivery Run.

2017 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2017 - HPC 402 More Radio Testing.
  • Mar 2017 - KB 2511 Relocated.
  • May 2017 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2017 - Board Retirements.
  • May 2017 - Shed Extension Completed.
  • Nov 2017 - HPC 402 Bogie Repairs.
  • Dec 2017 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2016 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2016 - East Coast Low Pressure System.
  • Mar 2016 - Operations on the South Maitland Railway.
  • Apr 2016 - Hunter Valley Steamfest 30th Anniversary.
  • Apr 2016 - HPC 402 Used For Ballast Survey.
  • May 2016 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2016 - Secretary Bryan Hicks Retires.
  • Jul 2016 - Society Receives Heritage Grant.
  • Oct 2016 - HPC 402 Radio Testing.
  • Dec 2016 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2015 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2015 - Coffs Harbour Shuttles.
  • Apr 2015 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2015 - Hunter Valley Steamfest.
  • May 2015 - East Coast Storms.
  • May 2015 - Shed Extension Completed.
  • Jun 2015 - Cleanup of our Depot.
  • Jul 2015 - Cleanup of Depot Completed.
  • Aug 2015 - HPC 402 Maintenance.
  • Sep 2015 - CPH's and 620 in the Metro.
  • Nov 2015 - HPC 402 Radio Testing.
  • Dec 2015 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2014 - HEADLINES.

  • Mar 2014 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2014 - HPC 402 to Binnaway.
  • Apr 2014 - CPH 3 returns to service.
  • May 2014 - Denman Food and Wine Festival.
  • Jun 2014 - ARHS North West Long Weekend Tour.
  • Jul 2014 - Gloucester "Chill Out" Festival.
  • Aug 2014 - Wauchope-Coffs Harbour 2015 Rail Centenary.
  • Aug 2014 - Two Gulgong Outings.
  • Nov 2014 - 402 Club Ventures into Victoria.
  • Dec 2014 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2013 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2013 - Vale Kenneth Alfred Butt (1932-2013).
  • Feb 2013 - Kiama storm washes out ARHS Nowra Tour.
  • Mar 2013 - HPC 402 returns to service.
  • Mar 2013 - First Victorian Operations.
  • Mar 2013 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Jun 2013 - ARHS South West Tour.
  • Jun 2013 - Nyngan 130th Anniversary.
  • Jul 2013 - Gloucester Chill out Festival.
  • Aug 2013 - Denman's 10th Annual Outing.
  • Sep 2013 - Rescue Helicopter Support Group to Hawkesbury River.
  • Sep 2013 - Local Travel Agent's Tour to Gulgong.
  • Oct 2013 - ARTC Inspection Tour with HPC 402.
  • Oct 2013 - 402 Club West and South West Tour.
  • Nov 2013 - ARE West and South West Tour.
  • Dec 2013 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2012 - HEADLINES.

  • Feb 2012 - Drainage works at Paterson.
  • Mar 2012 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Mar 2012 - Society Volunteer of the Year Awards.
  • Jun 2012 - ARHS and 621/721 travel to Brisbane.
  • Aug 2012 - Roof Covering for the TAM and BR.
  • Aug 2012 - NPF 621 receives new engine and transmission.
  • Aug 2012 - Victorian Accreditation Granted.
  • Oct 2012 - ARTC Executives Inspect the SSFL and Main South.
  • Dec 2012 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

2011 - HEADLINES.

  • Feb 2011 - Society supports Dungog Shire efforts for new GP.
  • Feb 2011 - North Coast Curve Easing Survey.
  • Feb 2011 - Depot Flooded Again.
  • Mar 2011 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2011 - ARTC Inspects New Routes.
  • May 2011 - 621/721 travels to Roma Street.
  • Jun 2011 - 621/721 travels to Broken Hill.
  • Jul 2011 - CPH 3 completes successful main line trial.
  • Aug 2011 - Society helps Hastings Cancer Trust fundraiser.
  • Aug 2011 - Society helps Dungog celebrate its rail centenary.
  • Sep 2011 - ARTC Southern Inspection.
  • Oct 2011 - Society takes Victorian Group to Cobar.
  • Dec 2011 - Society members receive NSW Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards.
  • Dec 2011 - Society takes delivery of Front-end Loader.

2010 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2010 - 621/721 heads out in new paint scheme.
  • Mar 2010 - CPH's make first run into Queensland.
  • Apr 2010 - Hunter Valley Steamfest.
  • Apr 2010 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2010 - Society Book Collection Catalogued.
  • Jun 2010 - Society Member wins Rail Heritage Volunteer Award.
  • Jul 2010 - Restoration of Rail Motor Trailer No.51.
  • Oct 2010 - Murrurundi Locomotive Depot Reunion.
  • Oct 2010 - Dunedoo Railway Centenary.
  • Dec 2010 - Taree 620 Launch.

2009 - HEADLINES.

  • Mar 2009 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2009 - Society receives Heritage Grant for Trailer No.51.
  • Jul 2009 - Society Members win annual Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards.
  • Sep 2009 - The Rail Motor Society celebrates 25th Anniversary.

2008 - HEADLINES.

  • Jan 2008 - Storm Damage Repaired
  • Mar 2008 - Annual General Meeting
  • Apr 2008 - Heavy Rain Limits Steamfest Crowds
  • Apr 2008 - Heavy Rain Causes More Yard Damage
  • Jun 2008 - HPC 402 carries out radio testing on the Epping-Chatswood Rail Link
  • Jul 2008 - Society Teams win Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards
  • Aug 2008 - Site Drainage Stage I Completed
  • Sep 2008 - Society awarded custody of RailCorp's heritage 620 Class Set
  • Oct 2008 - HPC 402 receives a new paint job
  • Nov 2008 - Society receives reciprocal accreditation in Queensland
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