IMAGINE a little boy dreaming of railways past and present who grew up to become an actor, an owner of a unique bed and breakfast establishment and finally an entrepreneur specialising in the top end of railway tours across the world.
Scott McGregor held an appreciative audience transfixed at the most recent meeting of the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc last Wednesday evening.
His presentation of his life and times demonstrated how dreams can become a reality.
Scott was born in Orange and grew up both there and Mudgee, the son of newspaper parents. His father managed the Central Western Daily and later purchased the Mudgee Guardian.
Acting consumed Scott's life in the 1980s as he had leading stage acting roles with the Marion St Theatre and Nimrod Company, among others.
He played roles in television series such as The Young Doctors, The Sullivans and A Country Practice, followed by lead roles in the ABC mini-series The Coral Island and Chase Through The Night and he was nominated for the best actor award in the 1983 Logies for his role as Walter Gilchrist in 1915.
Scott had a keen interest in railways from a very early age, collecting railway memorabilia, leading to the construction of "Ruwenzori" on his Mudgee property from restored railway carriages, which is now a unique B and B.
In 2007, Scott was hosting Railway Adventures to a variety of destinations across the world. He established his own travel company in 2012, providing rail-themed tours, and has now hosted over 100 tours.
His talk was absorbing and entertaining for OTHR members and members of the community who came on a cold night to hear him speak.
President Greg Bourne took the opportunity to update members and locals on the state of play with OTHR.
His main thrust was the restoration of the heritage Oberon Station platform.
Vice president Martyn Salmon then brought all attendees up to date on the federal Nationals funding of $1.5 million to progress the reopening of the Oberon to Hazelgrove section of line.
Members attended from as far afield as Bowral and all parts of Sydney.