Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

Type AEC Q, body by Christchurch Tramways Board

228 in service - photo from THS collection

228 in storage (in the Trolley Bus Barn) - almost buried behind sprinkler pipes and other stuff - and awaiting restoration. Photo: Stephen Taylor 4 Oct 2008

Date Built 1936
Written Off ?
Acquired by THS ?
From Christchurch Transport Board
Restored In storage awaiting restoration.

No 228 was the last of 4 "Q"s introduced in 1936 and was followed by 2 more in 1938. Their radical design (for the day) with the engine behind the front wheel and partly below floor level was not a commercial success and the Christchurch fleet was both the largest export order for AEC and longest serving fleet of "Q"s anywhere in the world.

The THS actually has both 225 & 228, plus the chassis of 227. (Apparently 225 had been converted into a motor caravan/motor home). The intention is to restore 228.

Refer also to "On the Move", volume 8.