Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.


Coming Events


For our next general meeting on WEDNESDAY 22 MAY we will going to the New Brighton & District Historical Society Museum at 8 Hardy Street (corner of Hardy and Beresford Streets), a former church. The Society focuses on photographs and archives, plus a relatively small display of objects and other exhibits. A member of the Society will be present to give an introductory talk and explain how to look at records and archives, after which we will be free to explore and view these for ourselves. There is a charge of $3.00 per person, which will include a cup of tea/coffee.

Please make you own way to the museum - you may wish to car pool with other members and be there for a 7:30pm start.

In June (Wed 26) we will be back in the Lions Building at Ferrymead for an illustrated report on the Queens’ Birthday weekend FRONZ Conference.

Yes, bookings are still open for the 2019 FRONZ Conference in Timaru! This year’s Conference is being hosted by the Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society, with visits to both Pleasant Point and the Plains Railway at Tinwald as well as the usual AGM business and talks. The ‘early bird’ discount has now expired, but bookings for the Conference are still being accepted. If you would like to attend but haven’t already registered, you can do so at https://www.fronz.org.nz/conferences.

For those who haven’t already sorted out transportation, FRONZ has arranged with Michael Boyton to bring his bus down from Nelson and provide transport between the hotel and conference centre; as part of this, Michael has also agreed with FRONZ, at a small additional cost, to transport attendees from Christchurch to Timaru and return while bringing the bus south. Although bookings for the bus will be cut off once all available seats are filled, so far we haven’t heard from FRONZ that this is the case.

For those unable to attend, as noted above the June General Meeting will feature a full report on the Conference including the AGM, Awards Dinner, and of course the visits to Pleasant Point and the Plains Railway.

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. Remember that generally, renewing before the end of February will get you a discounted renewal. Plus, being a paid-up member of the Society also entitles the member – along with their immediate family – free entrance into Ferrymead Heritage Park.

Stephen is also pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Christchurch Tramway Ltd that they will provide a generous discount on their annual passes to members of the Society. To redeem this offer, you will need to take your current Society membership card to the Christchurch Tramway’s “Tram Stop” shop in Cathedral Junction to purchase your annual pass. We are hopeful thatthis offer will also continue for subsequent years.

A note to all Society members:

Society subscriptions for the 2019 year are due from the start of January. Subscription notices for the 2019 calendar year will be sent out by snail mail at the end of December to all Society members.

For those of you who are not currently not a paid up Society member and want to be, or if you regularly get acomplimentary copy of Tracts by e-mail and want to become a full member, then please download the new member application form from the Society web site: http://ferrymeadtramway.org.nz/applicationform.htm. Then complete the your details on the form, and send the completed form to us along with payment.

The form can be sent by post to the Society’s Membership Secretary at Box 1126, Christchurch 8140, or be scannedand e-mailed to membership@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz. If you cannot get a membership form from the Society’s web site, contact the Membership Secretary by e-mail orpost, or ask for a membership form in Tram Barn 1 at the Ferrymead Tramway.

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.

The next scheduled Work Day will be held on Saturday February 16, focussed at the Tram Barns. We had intended to devote this day to repairing and titivating the Trolleybus Shed and its surrounding area, but as this coincides with the park being hired out for the Ferrymead Nostalgia Festival, limiting access at Gate A, the Trolley bus shed focus will be postponed to the next scheduled Work Day on 16 March. All members who are able to do so are invited to come down and lend a hand, even if only for part of the day.

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.

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.

For more on Meetings and Work Parties, please click here.