Meet James, The Boss

20 Apr

James Duncan, a dinkum trammie, has taken over from John Smith as Operations Manager of Wynyard Quarter’s bustling Dockline Tram.  John Smith, Operations Manager of Christchurch Tramway Ltd, relocated to Auckland to oversee the successful introduction of the Dockline project.  He is back in Christchurch to be involved in new company projects including the re-introduction of Christchurch trams sidetracked by seismic events.  James Duncan has been involved with heritage trams at MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) since age 15.  He is a qualified motorman and tram driver trainer.  He has a broad heritage interest being chairman and concert manager of Auckland’s Wurlitzer Organ Trust.  The 86-year-old Organ was installed in the Regent Theatre in 1926 to replace live musicians accompanying silent films.  The organ, a creation of American Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, differs from a traditional church organ, it being more of a show-performance instrument.  Look out for James in the Tram Barn (at the cnr. of Daldy and Pakenham Streets.)  He’s the tall pleasant guy in his motorman’s uniform.

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