Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

NEWS AND PLANNED EVENTS

Coming Events

FUNCTIONS

MAY MEETING
This month’s meeting will be held at 7:30pm on 17 May (Wednesday) in the Ferrymead Lions Building. It will be a three-part meeting featuring presentations by the new Ferrymead Heritage Park Operations Manager, Shaun Horan, a pictorial update on recent happenings with the Society and its commercial arm, the Heritage Tramways Trust, and a further discussion on Hills car #24 and whether the interior of the passenger saloon should be left in its original varnished state, or painted as per the Restoration Plan to match its appearance post-1945. This will be an interesting and important meeting for Society members, and we look forward to a good turnout. As is usual, there is a small cost of $2.00 per person, which covers our usual supper at the conclusion of the meeting.

FRONZ ANNUAL CONFERENCE - DUNEDIN
Bookings are now open for the annual conference of the Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ) this year being hosted by the Otago Excursion Train Trust and featuring trips to the Taieri Gorge and Oamaru,where Oamaru Steam & Rail will be operating. Don McAra will be one of the THS members in attendance and will be doing a presentation on the Dunedin cable cars. See the FRONZ web site: https://www.fronz.org.nz/conference.php

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THS MEMBERS
Christchurch Tramway Operations Manager John Smith has advised that they will operate a special deal on the Restaurant for the rest of June and all of July (other than Saturday evenings) for Heritage Tramways Trust/Tramway Historical Society members at $65 per head, and including up to 3 guests dining with them (maximum table of 4 people). They just need to identify themselves as members of THS/HTT when they book.
Please note: the normal price is $99 per head. For details about the Restaurant Tram go to: http://welcomeaboard.co.nz/christchurch-tram/tram-restaurant/

GOALS AND PROJECTS 2017/2018
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NEXT WORK PARTY
Formal work parties are held every third Saturday of the month and Alan Roi provides a cooked midday meal.
There are also activities every Saturday and on Monday evenings.

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.

Our regular Work Days are not only a means of getting regular maintenance and infrastructure upgrades done around Ferrymead Park and along our tramway, they are a great means of getting together and sharing in a bit of camaraderie and banter. Alan also provides refreshments and a full cooked lunch for all who attend.

BACK COPIES OF TOPICS
ALLEN HARBROW advises that back copies of Tramway Topics are available to THS members at $1 per copy. Anyone interested please contact Allen Harbrow Ph. 3855519 or email aharbrow@clear.net.nz.

TROLLEY BUS SYSTEM
The Trolley Bus system generally operate runs on the first Sunday of each month and on event days. Trolley bus currently in operation is Wellington 103, but is hoped that Christchurch 210 and Dunedin 79 with both
return to service in the near future.

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