About The Canterbury Railway Society
The Canterbury Railway Society is the successor of the Canterbury Group and then the Canterbury Branch NZRLS. The formation of the NZRLS in 1944 saw a number of local groups established around NZ. In Christchurch this led to the formation of the Branch in the 1950s. The Branch was reconstituted as the Canterbury Railway Society in 1990.
Activities carried out by the Society since its formation include:
The conduct of the Society is governed by its Constitution, rules and regulations, and applicable legislation (such as the Land Transport Safety Act, Rail Corridors Act and Incorporated Societies Act).
Our Constitution covers our aims and objects, membership, subscriptions, election of officers and other administrative matters. The Ferrymead Railway operates under a safety system registered with the Land Transport Safety Authority. The system includes our Rule Book and related documents, and our training and auditing systems.
The Society as per its Constitution is governed by an elected executive consisting of thirteen members, plus a Patron and a Financial Auditor. The Executive is normally elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. Specific areas of responsibility for certain members of the Executive, such as the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and for the conduct of the Executive, are detailed in the Constitution.
The Society's Constitution makes provision for any number of subcommittees to be established as required. The most important of these is the Ferrymead Railway operations subcommittee, or "Heads of Departments", appointed by the Society Executive. This subcommittee is responsible for the safe and lawful operation of the Ferrymead Railway in accordance with statutory requirements and incorporates certain statutory positions such as the General Manager. The Electric Locomotive section is also run by a Society subcommittee.
Positions of Responsibility
The Society Executive in addition to appointing the members of the operations subcommittee, normally appoints persons to specific positions of responsibility for Society activities. Typically such positions are less formally structured than those of the Executive or the Operations Subcommittee, and may be made for an unspecified or indefinite period. An example is the editor of "Branch Lines".
The membership of the Society consists of approximately 20% Junior members and 80% Adult members. There are a small number (currently four) of Life members who are not required to pay subscription fees. This status may be conferred upon members in recognition of their exceptional service to the Society by a vote at an Annual or Special General Meeting. The Constitution also makes provision for Honorary Membership to be conferred for a defined period in recognition of services rendered, by a vote at an Annual or Special General Meeting. Honorary members are not required to pay subscription fees during the period of their honorary status.
Current Life Members of the Society are:
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