Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.


Welcome to the Tramway Historical Society Inc.

This organisation is a “not-for-profit” charitable organisation. It is an incorporated society and has charitable status under the 2005 Charities act. It was originally formed on 8 February 1960, with a view to forming a group which could take over and restore the last two "complete" items of Christchurch Tramway Board rolling stock which had not been scrapped, and has grown and expanded ever since.

Since it was formed, the Society has taken on many projects – but is perhaps best known for the establishment of the Ferrymead Tramway – an operating Tramway at Ferrymead Heritage Park, where restored heritage steam, horse and electric trams recovered from throughout the South Island can be seen running. The society also has a small fleet of heritage omnibuses, and a working trolley bus line with examples of trolley buses from all the trolley bus systems in New Zealand.

In 1993, the society was asked by the Christchurch City Council to supply vehicles for the City Tramway. The Heritage Tramways Trust was set up to undertake the professional restoration of five vehicles to be leased to the City Council then on to the Tramway Operator.

There is plenty of opportunity for volunteers to join our sociable group and have fun in restoring, driving and maintaining the vehicles and associated intrastructure. A regular monthly Members event is an important part of the activity list. This event may be a meeting with guest speaker, a visit to an interesting old home or industrial site, or perhaps just a jaunt around a former tram or trolley bus route in one of our heritage buses.

New Members and visitors are always welcome, and they may enquire at Ferrymead, either Ferrymead Heritage Park main reception or at the Trambarn. Work parties are held from 7pm on Monday nights and on Saturdays at the Trambarn, 269 Bridle Path Road, Christchurch.



Third Saturday of each month.
See latest Tracts or News for more information.

A note to all Society members: Society subscriptions for the 2019 year are due from the start of January. See Tracts or News for more information.

This month’s General Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 27 at 7:30PM in the Lions Building at Ferrymead, and will feature an informative talk from Dave Hinman and Steve Lea entitled “From Narrow Boats to Narrow Gauge”, based on their recent adventures to the UK and beyond. See Tracts or News for more information.

The Tramway Historical Society Inc. is a registered charitable organisation with the New Zealand Charities Commission and has authorised donee status with the Inland Revenue Department. If you wish to donate, please see latest Tracts for our donation form.

Dave Hinman has now received a supply of Hugh Ballment’s recent Tramway Atlas for sale ... See Tracts or News for more information.

As acting membership secretary, Stephen Taylor is pleased to report that following the annual renewal notices being sent out at the end of last year, over 50 members have already renewed their membership for the 2019 year.
See Tracts or News for more information.

TRAFFIC NOTICES — THS Membership Drive
One of our members has produced a YouTube Promo Video to support the Society & our membership drive – click here to view.
See Tracts for more information.

Latest TRACTS Newsletter
Previous Newsletters

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See what this Society has to offer for transport and a venue.

Tram driving experience

The Society has managed to secure some copies of the 'On the Move' sets of books for sale. Cost $25.00 for the set (plus $7 postage within New Zealand if required). Refer to the March 2009 Tracts for details.

Subscription notices for the Calendar Year normally go out in January and can be paid to the membership secretary