What’s happening in Christchurch?

12 Feb

Christchurch was the role model for city Heritage Tramways in New Zealand.  But the Tramway was semi-munted almost a year ago in the devastating earthquake.  There’s a real will to see the trams going again, possibly by the end of this year?  Two tramcars remain trapped in the city depot.  Three in use on February 22, 2011 were relocated to Ferrymead Heritage Park.  A week ago the grand opening of a new, large, Tram Barn to store the Christchurch Trams out of the weather heralded a big step forward.  Christchurch City Council donated $50,000 to the $100,000 project.  Another $5000 was donated by the Sydney Tramway Museum.  The Tramway Historical Society funded the balance along with countless hours of voluntary work.  Mayor Bob Parker was there on opening day offering his on-going enthusiastic support.  It was definitely a day of smiles for Christchurch Tram devotees.

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