The Tracksafe rail industry initiative was promoted by the Federation of Rail Organizations of NZ (FRONZ) as a NZ wide rail and tramway heritage initiative. Wellington Tramway Museum is a member of FRONZ and also plays an active part in COTMA as can be confirmed with Mal.
From:tramsdownunder@... tramsdownunder@...> On Behalf Of David McLoughlin
Sent: Monday, 6 June 2022 5:09 pm
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Not COMTA, but may be of interest to Mal
Today being Queen's Birthday Monday in NZ, Judith and I visited the Wellington Tramway Museum at Paekakariki, north of Wellington, as you do.
I thought of COMTA and Mal when I saw a safety sign on the dash of one of the trams, so took the accompanying photo. But on closer looking on arrival home, I saw it says Federation of Rail Organisations of NZ, not COMTA. I would have thought the WTM was a member of COMTA?
The two trams in the photo on the safety sign are Fiducia trams (the newest type Wellington had, with the last built in 1952) and they may actually be in the Constable St on the destination sign of one of them.
The second photo shows a Fiducia tram closest to the camera, with a "Double Saloon" behind. The latter date from the 1920s and are like a W2 with a saloon at either end with transverse seating, and seats in the open centre for smokers, but they don't have a drop-centre.
Wellington's last tram was in 1964, so nothing remotely modern ever ran here, or anywhere in NZ.
(Lucky Judith, she only recently returned from the tram delights of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne).