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. Note: As noted in Graeme Belworthy’s editorial piece, the Society is continuing its regular Saturday Work Days with the goal of having our Ferrymead depot site cleaned up sufficiently for the COTMA Conference in October and the Membership Drive in November. With the Conference coinciding with the third Saturday of October—which would usually be our major Work Day, Alan Roi has informed that there will not be a formal Work Day this October as a result.
See latest Tracts or News for more information.

Latest TRACTS Newsletter
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Christchurch Tramway Operations Manager John Smith has advised that they will operate a special deal on the Restaurant ... see TRACTS or News for more information.

COTMA is almost here!
Delegates to the 2016 COTMA conference will begin arriving in Christchurch from around 10 October, with the first event (registration and welcome gathering) kicking off on the evening of Thursday 13th, following a meeting of the COTMA Executive. ... see TRACTS or News for more information

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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 2016 Calendar Year are due to go out soon and can be paid to the membership secretary