Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

Type 8 wheel Combination

Hills car No. 24 as new 1921. Note full length running boards along converatble section. Photo Alexander Turnball library Ref No. 1/1-007693-G

Unknown Hills Car at Sign of the Takahe which was at first known as the Tram Terminus Rest-house (THS Archives)

A painting of 24 on Hackthorne Road circa 1949 illustrating the intended restoration appearance and colour scheme as show in this picture. (Painting Don McAra, 2012)

Hills Car 24 prior to recovery by THS in 1968 at West Eyreton (Photo D Hinman)

24 at Ferrymead Tramway prior to restoration starting. Saloon section on left, and convertable section on right.

24 under restoration. Body mostly stripped, and body and chassis separated - the body is hanging from the scaffolding. June 2013 (Photo S Taylor)

A picture of 24 in service. It is intended to restore the Tram to the appearance and colour scheme as show in this picture. Photo: Graham Stewart 7 Jan 1950

Date Built 1920, by Boon & Co, Christchurch
Written Off 1954
Acquired by THS 23 March 1967
From West Eyreton
Restored Restoration underway. Will be restored to appearance and colour scheme of late 1940's.

Number 24 is one of the second series of Hills cars - 3 cars numbered 24-26 - built in Chritchurch by Boon & Co, and utilised the trucks, electrical equipment and fleet numbers previously fitted to Double Decker trams 24-26 when those trams were converted to trailers. These cars were not actually converted to hills use until 1926.

Number 24 remained in use from 1920 until the closure of the tramway system in 1954. After it was decomissioned, and all the electrical and mechanical gear was removed, it was sold off and used as a Sunday School for a while, then used as a farm shed at West Eyreton before being obtained by the Society.

The first series (numbers 161-171) were built in 1912 especially for the extension to the Cashmere line up Cashmere Hill to the Sign of the Takahe. There are some slight differences between the bodies of first series and second series of Hills cars.

The open sections of these trams were fitted with sliding aluminium sides and removable windows that were slid down in inclement weather. In the 1940s, these sliding sections were permanently left down, and sliding doors were fitted to the sides, making the trams fully enclosed. A number of other improvements were made of the years in service auch as streamlined destination boxes and addition of leather padded seat squabs.

The Society has produced a conservation plan for the restoration of 24 in 2008, and restoration work started in 2010. (Refer also to the "24" project).