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Duncans Bridge Replacement.
Over the last 5 years the City Council have been landscaping the lower areas of the Heathcote Valley. New playing fields have been constructed on what were once empty grazing paddocks. The larger works have involved the building of drainage Read More...

Electrification Opening Ceremony 2007.
On Saturday 9 June at 1.30 pm on a mild sunny mid-winters day over 160 railway enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, plus a few from Australia gathered on the platform at Moorhouse railway station to celebrate ... Read this complete article.

Awards 2006 Presentation.
Mid afternoon on Sunday 30th 2006 saw a small gathering of juniors and parents on the grass across from Moorhouse station to celebrate winning the 2006 Freight Wagon Restoration Award.
President Bruce Shalders and General Manager Dave Newman made short speeches not only to congratulate the younger members on such a good job, but to also recognise the older members who mentor, organise and help the younger members who are the future generation of the CRS. Read More...

Awards 2006.
The FRONZ conference held in Nelson over Queens Birthday weekend saw the CRS bag 2 awards for 2006. The first being a new award this year called the "Restoration Award for Creativity" from Weta Workshop which comes with a Weta Workshop creation as a Trophy. This was won for the restoration work of carriage B231. This is a credit to the talented members who Read More...

The Arrival of Carriage A1617.
On March 22nd 2006 the CRS had a new addition to its collection of special rolling stock. A 1617 is a special carriage, it is a bowed end 47.5 ft long carriage built at Addington workshops in 1926/27 for the tour of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927. Read More...

The Catenary Cable progress between Moorhouse & Ferrymead Stations.
About twelve keen men attended Ferrymead on November 11th 2005 and put in place the Catenary cable between Moorhouse and Ferrymead.
It was an excellent day for the project and after a few problems the cable know runs the total length of the line. Read More...
Saturday 3rd November 2005 saw an early start to fit insulators to the catenary cable. Bert, Dave, Joe, Bob & Pete fitted all the insulators to the new catenary Read More...

First sod turned for New Zealand National Railway Museum Project.
October 8th 2005 signified a special day for the Canterbury Railway Society and indeed New Zealand when the first sod was turned by Sir Neil Cossons who is chairman of English Heritage, the government body for the historic environment in England. He was in Christchurch for our heritage week and dispite the unpleasant weather a great day was had by all who attended. Read More...

Ferrymead Youth Programme continues tradition
The Ferrymead Railway continues the tradition of passing on valuable skills to a new generation of rail heritage enthusiasts. The Ferrymead Youth team is part of the Future Heritage Network a New Zealand wide movement to involve young people in restoration and preservation projects.
The Future Heritage Network (FHN) project will be developed in several stages over the next few years. It is driven by the following key objectives.
1. To attract young members to the rail preservation movement in New Zealand. Railways and tramways are no longer perceived as being on the cutting edge of technology, they do not hold the position of technological prestige or social standing that they did when past generations of enthusiasts were drawn to them when young. Read More...

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