Little River Railway Station Trust
The Little River Railway Station Trust are a small volunteer community group who Lease the Historic Railway Station from the Christchurch City Council. They look after the Gardens, Historic Railway Station Building and environs and enthusiastically restore the Railway Carriages. Inside the Railway Station there is a Heritage Room and a Waiting Room with the Little River War Memorial Boards from the 1914-18 and 1940-45 World Wars. There are changing displays also in these rooms on local historical and community events and many reference books that are available for the public to use to research their own family history. Check out Website HERE
These rooms are open 9am to 5pm seven days a week with a member of the Little River Craft Station always on duty.
Chairperson – Warren Brixton – Phone 3251 386
Secretary – Jody Tuckwell – email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 3251 970
Treasurer – Marie McFarland
Trustees – Ken Sitarz, Andrew Wilson, Colin Higginbottom, Rob McFarland, Warren Brixton.
Meetings are held bi monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the 2nd month. All are welcome to these meetings but only the Trustees are able to vote.
WAITANGI DAY DISPLAY in the Heritage Room of the Historic Railway Station – Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.
CHECK OUT THE NEW LITTLE RED ENGINE AT THE LITTLE RIVER RAILWAY STATION – It arrived on Valentines Day February 14 at 7.30 in the morning. A 31 tonne ex NZR Hunslet DSA – class shunting locomotive manufactured by the Hunslett Engine Company in Leeds. This one was in the service of the NZ Railways from 1957 – 1985 and shunted Wagons in the Ravensdown Yard at Hornby from 1985 to 2002 before going to Mainline Steam in Christchurch. In 2009 it was sold to a private collector in Dunedin, from whom the Little River Railway Station Trust bought it from. The Trust hopes to get the engine operating again and any Railway Maintenance engineers or diesel engineers out there please contact Jodi on email email@example.com
27 April – Wednesday -A new RAILWAY CARRIAGE – came into the Historic Railway Station. on Wednesday 27 April 2017. The Little River Railway Station Trust have been working hard to secure a Carriage for the display at the “Station” and this one came from Dunedin Railways. It has been painted and the Little River Railway Station Trust are now asking for donations to restore the inside of the carriage.
This February 2017 saw a happy crowd of 35+ enjoyed a variety of Scottish songs, played by the duo Saltire – Edinburgh based Alex Hodgson and David Vernon, under the Cherry Trees at the Little River Railway Station.
Included was a special French tune by David composed himself called Excelsior Hotel Paris.
I think “Susie the shoe shine girl” was another favourite.
(Photo and article by Ken Sitarz)
The Railway Station Gardens are a blaze of colour mainly thanks to John Calvesbert who faithfully maintains them on a regular basis.
John also opens the Gangers Hut on weekends over the summer from where he runs a Bric-a-brac shop.
(Photo Ken Sitarz)