Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

NEWS AND PLANNED EVENTS

Coming Events

FUNCTIONS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Tramway Historical Society Inc was held on the 27th October 2021. See latest TRACTS for more information.

NEW TRACTS EDITOR
Greetings All, My name is Alex Hunter, 37 and I live in Christchurch with my family. I am originally from Auckland. I started my tramway interests 26 years ago after a visit to the MOTAT museum. Ive been a member of the THS for 22 years and presently looking after the Kitson Steam Tram. A few years ago I ventured overseas on my Overseas experience to the UK and found sanctuary at the Ffestiniog railway
in North Wales, Lucky enough to get a job as a fitter on the various Double Fairlie and Garratt locomotives in the fleet, a really interesting and varied job that I did for 3.5 years.

My Present Role is looking after the various Trams on the Christchurch Tramway in the Central city, all quite good fun really!

Tracts - Looking to change it back to monthly, and largely keep the content about the Society's activities as there is plenty going on as Stephen has said and I would certainly like you all to hear about it. Eventually I would like to change the format to being an online version, a work in progress.

Many Thanks, Alex Hunter

ANNUAL SOCIETY BBQ
Saturday 18th December. All welcome to come along and enjoy some fine THS conviviality and enjoy a sausage or two. 4.30pm onwards at the Tram Batches. Bring a Seat as seating is limited. Sausages, Bread and Coleslaw and non-alcoholic drinks provided. See you all there!

ANNUAL SUNSET BUS TOUR 2022
Wednesday 26th January.
Departing from the Trambarn at Ferrymead at 7.30pm, heading to a “Mystery Location”!!
$5 per person for the trip and for Supper at the conclusion of the evening at the Trambarn.

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
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.

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

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

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.

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.

For more on Meetings and Work Parties, please click here.