Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.


Coming Events


The annual conference of the Federation of Rail Organisations of NZ (FRONZ) will be held in Gisborne at Queens Birthday Weekend, same time, same programme as the cancelled conference last year. It will include a rail excursion on the Gisborne City Vintage Rail to Murawai and return, and a visit to the East Coast Museum of Technology. For more details go to www.fronz.org.nz/conferences.

The biennial conference of the Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia (COTMA) , cancelled last year because of COVID 19, will now be hosted by the Ballarat Tramway Museum, also celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The programme will run from the evening of Wednesday 15 September to Monday 20th September and will include a partners programme. It is anticipated that some pre-conference activities in Melbourne will be arranged by Melbourne-based people, and it is expected that some delegates may wish to follow up the conference with visits to new tram systems in Eastern Australia. For further information go to www.cotma.org.au/conference.html.

This will be our annual Society Goals and Projects planning meeting, and is planned for Wednesday 24th March in the Lions Club building starting at 7:30pm. We will be reviewing where we are up to and in particular what the Society will be (or should be) focusing on over the next 12 months. As this meeting didn’t occur in 2020 – due to COVID – we also have a bit of catching up to do. And as part of this meeting, we will be considering a paper recently presented to the Management Committee by one of our members who has some specific views about what direction(s) our Society should focus on in the future. A copy of that paper is included with the March Tracts mail out. The meeting will be followed by supper, so please bring a $2 contribution for this.

Saturday 20 March from 9:30am - Plenty to do at both the tram barns area and the trolley bus shed. It will be followed by an evening ZOOM social meeting commencing at 8pm - Link will be on the email in latest Tracts. All welcome to join in – local, national and international!.

A reminder – The Society’s Annual Membership Subscriptions for 2021 fall due on 1st January 2021. If paid by 28th February 2021, a discounted rate applies. Renewal notices will be sent out late December 2020 – by e-mail to those members who have an e-mail address, and by NZ Post to the remainder. The renewal notice will be sent to everyone on the Society’s mailing list, irrespective of membership grade or status, to allow our records to be amended where necessary. It also provides you with the opportunity to make a donation to your favourite Society project or activity. Remember, all New Zealand donations of $5.00 or more are tax deductible.

The Society has been advised by its bank that cheques are being phased out, and that from June 2021, cheques will no longer be an acceptable method of payment. See Tracts for more information.

Please visit the Collections Policy page to download and read our updated policy document.

Dave Hinman has now received a supply of Hugh Ballment’s recent Tramway Atlas for sale, as advertised in previous issues of Tracts. At $60.00 plus $7.00 post and packing to any New Zealand address, this is a very good deal indeed. Some 25 copies have already been sold and Dave will be bringing more to the June General Meeting. This will be an excellent opportunity for those who are considering buying a copy to have a look and make their decision. It will also be a good chance to save on postage costs!

Graeme Stewart’s new book is currently also in publication, with arrival anticipated in mid-June. if it arrives in time, Society members will be able to collect their copies at the June Meeting too. This book is only available to those who have pre-ordered a copy.

Available front and orders to:
The Secretary
Tramway Historial Society
PO Bo 1126, Christchurch 8140
or secretary@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz

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.

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.