No-one would forget Christchurch trammie Owen. Always the outrageous funny man, he was also friendly, often jumping off a tram to help tourists looking vaguely lost. Owen’s assistance would send them in the right direction – vaguely.
What happened to him?
Owen put a hand up to help out on the Auckland Dockline Tram when it became a Welcome Aboard Attraction prior to opening in August 2011. Having long experience on the Christchurch Tramway, he was a welcome addition to the mostly newly-trained Auckland Tram team operating two former Melbourne trams, decked out in former Auckland Tramway livery. Owen had to learn a new route – vaguely – all 1.5km of it around the Wynyard Quarter waterfront development. I have caught up with him on two occasions in Auckland. He still rides his ancient, smelly, motorbike to work and, always the archetypal entertainer, his humorous patter has merely transplanted a few hundred ks north. But will he become an honorary Aucklander? I have my doubts. He remains the dinkum one-eyed Cantabrian. I believe he is presently taking a break, sunning himself, along with wife, Kay, in Queensland.