Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.


Coming Events


Graeme Belworthy has organised a night at the movies at Graham Johnson’s Theatrette!
Date: Wednesday 24th May.
Meeting at the THS Trambarn at 7.20pm and heading to the Ferrymead Township by Tram.
Cost is $2 for the theatre AND $2 for the supper!
After the movies we will return to the Trambarn where we can observe recent progress on 178 & 24 and enjoy one of Phyllis’s trusty suppers.
Limited to 25 people in the Theatrette. See you all there!

As reported in the last issue of Ferrymead Tram Tracts we have included a copy of the 2023-2024 Goals and Projects document. This was most recently reviewed and updated by Society members at the Society’s March 2023 general meeting, and after ratification of the updated document at the April Management Committee meeting, is being published with this issue of Tracts for all to read.

Recently things have become rather busy for me with Work and Family commitments. Im finding it a bit difficult to deal with tracts to get it out on time, since quite a bit of it is dealt with in the last week of the month.At present I spend approx 6-7 Evenings a month doing it. Let me know of you're interested, tracts@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz. Or Provide some content such as ‘What your working on behind the scenes’ or ‘My day on the tram’ etc etc. Alex

In order for the Society to keep up the good standard, it would be greatly appreciated any folks reading this could come along and spend a couple of hours on a Monday evening perhaps doing a bit of cleaning of one of the trams, or perhaps assist or learn about the tram maintenance and servicing. Or even just a bit of cleaning around the depot.

I'm not suggesting that we need to start new projects for the sake of it, but more to get people involved in keeping the existing fleet and facilities going into the future.

The evening concludes with a cuppa tea or coffee and a few biscuits!

Location: THS Trambarns
Time : 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Monday evenings.

These were e-mailed out in late December to all members and volunteers on our membership database – by e-mail to those with e-mail addresses, and posted to those - few – members (currently about 25) who are not on e-mail or who prefer communications to be by post. We have already received renewals from over 40% of our members.

However, if you have not received your membership renewal, or have lost it or cannot find it, or even if you want to join the Society as a member, please email membership@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz or the Society
by post or speak to one of the management committee.

In the New Year’s Honours list the Tramway Historical Society members have been delighted to see that our David Hinman has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for all his years dedicated to the history and preservation of tramways, mainly in New Zealand but also, through his past presidency of C.O.T.M.A., with allied tramway preservation groups Australasia wide. Please read more in TRACTS.

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.