Dunedin's first trolley bus

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Dunedin's First Trolley Bus

Project 2013-10-31 20:50:02 +1300

Help the Otago Heritage Bus Society raise funds to return Dunedin's first trolley bus from Wellington. 

DCT #1 was built in 1950 by New Zealand Motorbodies in Petone, Wellington for the Dunedin City Corporation Tramways to replace trams. DCT #1 was decommissioned in 1966 and sent to Wellington to be preserved after only being used for 16 years commercial service. 

After a few attempts at restoring the vehicle it has been abandoned in a field near Wellington.

Once it arrives in the South Island it will be stored for a short period at Ferrymead Heritage Park prior to it being transported to Dunedin upon a large truck & transporter. Once DCT #1 arrives Dunedin we will organise a media conference  and an afternoon tea (for those supporters who contribute) to welcome DCT #1 back after 48 years being away. Then a full conservation report will be conducted to determine what level of restoration will take place. 

At a later point more fundraising will also take place so we can see out the conservation reports findings. The ultimate decision will be to restore this vehicle to an operational condition so the community can relive the 1950's way of Dunedin public transport. The Society is fully operated by a full team of volunteers who enjoy restoring, operating and preserving classic Dunedin and New Zealand passenger transport vehicles.

As most of you would know, Dunedin no longer possesses its overhead wire that once powered the famous trams and trolley buses. Our organisation has researched and has found that there are other viable means of powering an electric bus, including towing a DC generator and retrofitting the new technology of a capacitor to the vehicle and recharge stations around the city. The thoughts of having an overhead wire has not been ruled out completely. These are only ideas at the moment as a full conservation report needs to take place prior to making any decisions.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask away by clicking here, we will certainly reply. Check out our website www.otagoheritagebus.co.nz or join us on Facebook or Twitter.


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DCT #1 has been moved to Christchurch

04/07/2015 at 12:09 PM

DCT #1 is winched on to a truck in Wellington.

 

Some awesome news!

DCT #1 has been winched on to a truck kand sent south to Christchurch, where it will be housed for a short stay before heading to Dunedin.

Stay tuned to keep up to date with the progress.

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    Anonymous pledger
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    Josh Thomas
    2013-12-15 09:01:22 +1300
    Andrew Nally
    2013-12-14 13:02:56 +1300
    Ann Barsby
    2013-12-11 09:34:26 +1300
    Mark Cameron
    2013-12-10 12:35:32 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-12-10 12:10:18 +1300
    Hannah Cone
    2013-12-06 12:58:08 +1300
    Andrew Wylie
    2013-12-05 22:13:33 +1300
    Carolyn Summers
    2013-12-05 17:19:55 +1300
    Bruce Collier
    2013-12-02 17:49:12 +1300
    Benjamin Paul Jeffery
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    Kirsten Franklin
    2013-11-30 12:29:03 +1300
    John Paku
    2013-11-30 11:03:08 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-11-23 20:04:51 +1300
    David Irving
    2013-11-15 12:28:25 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-11-14 22:23:20 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-11-14 16:19:49 +1300
    Chris Brickell
    2013-11-14 15:09:47 +1300
    Robyn Hood
    2013-11-12 23:28:59 +1300
    Jocelyn Riley
    2013-11-12 22:58:51 +1300
    Robyn Hood
    2013-11-12 19:14:44 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-11-11 23:12:46 +1300

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    Followers of Dunedin's first trolley bus

    Dunedin's First Trolley Bus

    Project 2013-10-31 20:50:02 +1300

    Help the Otago Heritage Bus Society raise funds to return Dunedin's first trolley bus from Wellington. 

    DCT #1 was built in 1950 by New Zealand Motorbodies in Petone, Wellington for the Dunedin City Corporation Tramways to replace trams. DCT #1 was decommissioned in 1966 and sent to Wellington to be preserved after only being used for 16 years commercial service. 

    After a few attempts at restoring the vehicle it has been abandoned in a field near Wellington.

    Once it arrives in the South Island it will be stored for a short period at Ferrymead Heritage Park prior to it being transported to Dunedin upon a large truck & transporter. Once DCT #1 arrives Dunedin we will organise a media conference  and an afternoon tea (for those supporters who contribute) to welcome DCT #1 back after 48 years being away. Then a full conservation report will be conducted to determine what level of restoration will take place. 

    At a later point more fundraising will also take place so we can see out the conservation reports findings. The ultimate decision will be to restore this vehicle to an operational condition so the community can relive the 1950's way of Dunedin public transport. The Society is fully operated by a full team of volunteers who enjoy restoring, operating and preserving classic Dunedin and New Zealand passenger transport vehicles.

    As most of you would know, Dunedin no longer possesses its overhead wire that once powered the famous trams and trolley buses. Our organisation has researched and has found that there are other viable means of powering an electric bus, including towing a DC generator and retrofitting the new technology of a capacitor to the vehicle and recharge stations around the city. The thoughts of having an overhead wire has not been ruled out completely. These are only ideas at the moment as a full conservation report needs to take place prior to making any decisions.


    If you have any questions, feel free to ask away by clicking here, we will certainly reply. Check out our website www.otagoheritagebus.co.nz or join us on Facebook or Twitter.


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    DCT #1 has been moved to Christchurch

    04/07/2015 at 12:09 PM

    DCT #1 is winched on to a truck in Wellington.

     

    Some awesome news!

    DCT #1 has been winched on to a truck kand sent south to Christchurch, where it will be housed for a short stay before heading to Dunedin.

    Stay tuned to keep up to date with the progress.

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    You need to pledge to see this update.

      Anonymous pledger
      2013-12-15 22:22:11 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-12-15 11:30:54 +1300
      Josh Thomas
      2013-12-15 09:01:22 +1300
      Andrew Nally
      2013-12-14 13:02:56 +1300
      Ann Barsby
      2013-12-11 09:34:26 +1300
      Mark Cameron
      2013-12-10 12:35:32 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-12-10 12:10:18 +1300
      Hannah Cone
      2013-12-06 12:58:08 +1300
      Andrew Wylie
      2013-12-05 22:13:33 +1300
      Carolyn Summers
      2013-12-05 17:19:55 +1300
      Bruce Collier
      2013-12-02 17:49:12 +1300
      Benjamin Paul Jeffery
      2013-12-01 21:03:51 +1300
      Kirsten Franklin
      2013-11-30 12:29:03 +1300
      John Paku
      2013-11-30 11:03:08 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-11-23 20:04:51 +1300
      David Irving
      2013-11-15 12:28:25 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-11-14 22:23:20 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-11-14 16:19:49 +1300
      Chris Brickell
      2013-11-14 15:09:47 +1300
      Robyn Hood
      2013-11-12 23:28:59 +1300
      Jocelyn Riley
      2013-11-12 22:58:51 +1300
      Robyn Hood
      2013-11-12 19:14:44 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-11-11 23:12:46 +1300

      Followers of Dunedin's first trolley bus

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 15/12/2013 at 10:22 PM.