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As typical of our Trammies, Valerie has not been bored since the city tramway was derailed following seismic events.  Valerie was distinctive for being one of the shortest (in height) of the team.  I used to joke telling tram passengers not to be deceived by her stature, or lack of it, when conducting.  “You’ll get… Read More

Acknowledging Preservation and Innovation

Every Queens birthday weekend FRONZ (Federation of Railway Organizations of New Zealand) members meet for a catch-up.  A key aspect on the event is announcing the annual awards for rail preservation and innovation. This year Ferrymead won the Tramway Restoration Award for the Heritage Tramways Trust restoration of Roslyn No. 1 and the Building Structure… Read More

What have they been doing?

Remember Ken Henderson?  He was the tramway motorman who wore the permanent smile.  His commentary was given the thumbs up by the US ambassador on a city visit.  Ken promises to be back when our Christchurch Trams are re-instated.  His time away from the trams has been far from idle.  Presently, with wife Cynthia, he… Read More

Tram 11 on the move

This week I photographed our dinky tramcar No. 11 (the Box Car) leaving the Red Zone en route to Ferrymead Heritage Park in preparation for the Christchurch Heritage Tram restart.  Secured to the trailer deck of BTR’s huge Kenworth road truck, it definitely looked outside its comfort zone as it progressed along Lichfield Street with… Read More

Tramcar restoration continues despite the shakes

Canterbury may have rocked and rolled for the best part of two years but seismic events have not deterred the hardy guys working in Ferrymead’s rambling tram barn.  This week their latest immaculate restoration, the body of Roslyn electric tramcar No. 1, was in the final throes of restoration prior to being on its way… Read More

Tramway Progress

Saturday February 4 marked the seventeenth anniversary of the opening of the Christchurch Tramway.  To mark the occasion some tramway staff joined Tramway Historical Society members, Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker, Christchurch Central MP, Nicky Wagner, and other invited guests at Ferrymead Heritage Park for the opening of Tram Barn 3 housing the city trams.  Encouraging,… Read More

City trams under cover

         An almost gala event by a dedicated team of Tramway Historical Society members marked the last day of 2011 when the first city trams, the Boon No. 152 and Duckhouse trailer No. 115, along with the Brill No. 178 were installed in the newly-completed Tram Barn 3 at Ferrymead Heritage Park. A rattling… Read More

Three of our tr…

Three of our tramcars that were in use on February 22 when the devastating earthquake hit the central city were remarkably unscathed and were subsequently stored outdoors at Ferrymead Heritage Park. Two trams, one being the Restaurant tram, remain stranded in the Tramway Lane tram shed. Relatively safe from earthquakes, the Ferrymead-stored trams have been… Read More