Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

NEWS AND PLANNED EVENTS

Coming Events

FUNCTIONS

NEXT GENERAL MEETING
The Society’s next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 June in the Lions Building at Ferrymead, starting at 7:30PM. This month’s topic will be the recent FRONZ Conference held in Timaru over Queens Birthday Weekend, including the member site visits to cover costs.

FRONZ CONFERENCE – AWARD WINNERS
The Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ) has recently posted images of their 2019 award winners, as announced during their conference over Queens Birthday Weekend, on its Facebook page. They are:

  • Paul Dillicar Memorial Award for Innovation: Sean Heenan and his fellow Glenbrook Vintage Railway volunteers, for their Counties Power Christmas Lights event.
  • Paul Heighton Memorial Award for Excellence: Bryan and Marian Blanchard, Pleasant Point Railway and Museum.
  • Young Achievers Award: Bradley Hill, Dunedin Railways and Ocean Beach Railway
  • Steam Locomotive Restoration Award: MOTAT, Auckland, for the restoration of steam locomotive F 180 (Yorkshire Engine Co., 1874)
  • Motive Power Award (Non-Steam): Goldfields Railway, Waihi, for the restoration of diesel shunting locomotive DSA 551 (originally DSA 253; Hunslet Engine Co., 1954)
  • Rolling Stock Award: Mainline Steam Trust, Christchurch, for the restoration of former Tranz Scenic passenger carriage AO 60 (originally A 1976; NZR Otahuhu, 1939)
  • Tramway Restoration Award: Dunedin Heritage Light Rail Trust, Dunedin, for repatriating and displaying restored cable cars in Dunedin.

We would like to congratulate all of the above award winners. Photos of the award winners can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/FRONZ.inc/photos/pcb.2447126961992096/2447124238659035/?type=3&theater

BOOK ORDERS
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

SOCIETY MEMBER SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2019
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.

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.

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.

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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