Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.


Coming Events


There will not be a Society General Meeting/Function in December. On the last Saturday in January 2019 – 26th January, at 4pm, the Society proposes to have a BBQ on the grass beside the Tram Barns. All members and their families welcome.

The Society will provide some sausages and basics alads, sauces and fruit juices, but members are requested to also bring an additional salad to share, and meat, drinks etc if they want additional variety. I expect there will also be tram rides, and hopefully members will be able to see/view the Society’s latest acquisition – ‘Brill’ Tram #194.

And on the fourth Wednesday in February 2019 – 27th February – the Society will run its traditional annual Sunset Bus Tour. The bus will leave the Tram Barns at 7pm, and John Shanks advises the destination will be the AA Gun emplacements up on Mt Pleasant above the Summit Road.

There will be a fairly easy walk up a track from the Summit Road to the gun emplacements. John advises that although this was a destination for a previous Sunset Bus tour, on that occasion there were only eight members on the trip and the site definitely merits a revisit and has wonderful views. Please bring $5 as a contribution towards (bus) fuel and supper.

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.

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.