Christchurch


Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island in New Zealand. Like many other cities until the 1960's it had a comprehensive transit system comprising of Trams, Trolleybuses, Buses and even electric hauled Suburban Trains. Now all that remains is the contracted bus service operated by various companies for the transport department of the Canterbury Regional Council, known as CANRIDE. The largest of these operators is Christchurch Transport Ltd which is now known as Red Bus Ltd. This operator is the largest remnant of the former Christchurch Transport Board which operated all Christchurch Street Transport prior to NZ government legislation requiring local authorities to be at arms length from public transport operations.

There are no longer any suburban trains (the last service ran in 1972), nor can you ride a long-distance train into central Christchurch with the station sold off and converted into a science centre. The 'new' Christchurch railway station is located approximately 5 KMs from Cathederal Square on the site of the now closed Addington workshops. Auckland and Wellington have central city terminals in comarison. The former city opening the Britomart Terminal in 2003, admiting that the 1930's decision to remove the central city terminal from Auckland was a mistake. Perhaps one day Christchurch will also realise the mistake made by removing their central city railway station.

In recent years a tramway has been built, purely for tourist purposes using heritage trams from Christchurch and other now closed NZ system's and also Melbourne W2. Of the bus routes, they do cover a fair area of Greater Christchurch, with many routes closely following the former suburban railway lines. A trip on the Lyttleton route is recommended for both rail and bus enthusiasts.

Photo Gallery

Buses


Bristol 584 at Cathederal Square, Christchurch.
15/07/1994

MAN SL-202 612 at Cathederal Square, Christchurch.
12/07/1994

MAN SL-202 621 at Cathederal Square, Christchurch.
14/07/1994

MAN SL-202 624 at Lyttleton Wharf.
12/07/1994

MAN SL-202 648 is heading for Shirley on Colombo St at Armagh St.
14/07/1994

MAN NL-243 671 at Lyttleton Wharf.
12/07/1994

MAN SL-202 618 at the Cambridge Tce/Gloucester St Intersection.
21/10/1999

MAN SL-202 640 is on Peterborough St.
21/10/1999

MAN SL-202 648 has had a new livery applied since 1994, and is shown turning into Colombo St, Central Christchurch.
21/10/1999

MAN SL-202 651 is on Peterborough St.
22/10/1999

SL-202 653 is on Cambridge Tce at Worcester St.
21/10/1999

MAN SL-202 665 is on Colombo Street.
22/10/1999

MAN SL-202 666 is on Oxford Tce.
22/10/1999


Christchurch Tourist Tramway


11 is an ex-Dunedin car of 1902 vintage.
It is seen crossing the Avon River on Worcester St.
21/10/1999

178 is ex-Christchurch 1930's Brill car, and is at Cathederal Sq.
21/10/1999

178 is now on Armagh St.
21/10/1999


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