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Valerie?

As typical of our Trammies, Valerie has not been bored since the city tramway was derailed following seismic events.  Valerie was distinctive for being one of the shortest (in height) of the team.  I used to joke telling tram passengers not to be deceived by her stature, or lack of it, when conducting.  “You’ll get… Read More

Owen?

No-one would forget Christchurch trammie Owen.  Always the outrageous funny man, he was also friendly, often jumping off a tram to help tourists looking vaguely lost.  Owen’s assistance would send them in the right direction – vaguely. What happened to him? Owen put a hand up to help out on the Auckland Dockline Tram when… Read More

Prerequisite for Tram Drivers

Those of us who call ourselves Trammies might be seen as being a tad different form others.  People who have ridden on our beautifully restored tramcars – in Christchurch (billed to return in coming months) and Auckland’s Dockline Tram, accept a degree of eccentricity.  Maybe we are nuts about trams or just have a pride… Read More

Age is just a number

An earlier blog talked about the retirement of Trevor Craib. Despite being the oldest of 20 Christchurch tram drivers, his departure did not alter the average age of the team. It remained at 63. Now, the youngest tram driver, Julia Wareham, has left in the last few weeks to take up employment with a construction… Read More