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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

50th Anniversary for Tramway Historical Society

Opening up my mid-week copy of The Star newspaper, I was delighted to see a well-written article, Life on the trams recalled by 95-year-old. I then spotted a photograph of 95 year old Geraldine Bowman in her conductress uniform of the 1950s, blowing her old trammie whistle. Behind her was Christchurch Tramway’s No. 178. I… Read More