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The Dennis O'Brien Collection - Page 2 also see Page 1

The following rare photos were kindly supplied to Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway by noted railway author, Dennis O'Brien.
OTHR is very grateful to Dennis for allowing us to share these images with you.
The copyright for these photos is retained by Dennis O'Brien. These photos may NOT be reproduced without express written permission from the copyright holder.

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ARHS Special - 9th March 1963

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Photos 1b to 9b record the last steam hauled passenger train, an A.R.H.S. Special on 9th March 1963, hauled by locos 1919 & 1957
(more detail shown on individual enlargements - click on each photo).

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Loco 1709 takes the Vintage Train (run the same day as the ARHS Special) into Tarana from Bathurst. 2606 had previously helped from Wallerawang but ran a hot box. Dennis says this is a pic of a very young Dale Budd (perhaps Dale can enlighten us?)    
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Loco 1709 and a 36 class bring the Vintage Train (run the same day as the ARHS Special) into Tarana from Bathurst. 3673 on the Central West express approaching Tarana. Taken the same day as the A.R.H.S. Special on 9th March 1963.

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Dennis has included these photos of a South Pacific Electric Railway run in a CPH (1961).
SPER is now known as the Sydney Tramway Museum. Photo 20 was taken at Newnes Junction.
 
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Last Commercial Service - 27th September 1979

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Dennis O'Brien's photos record the last train to run on the Oberon Branch line - 27th September 1979, hauled by loco 4901
The photos are in sequence here showing 4901 ready to leave Tarana (1c) and finally heading down over Snakes Valley Creek trestle (9c) with the remainder of the rolling stock from Oberon. (more detail shown on individual enlargements - click on each photo).


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The S truck is having the tarps removed. An interesting pair of photos showing what "could have been" click on each photo

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The last train leaves Oberon and winds its way down the hill.