Remember Ken Henderson? He was the tramway motorman who wore the permanent smile. His commentary was given the thumbs up by the US ambassador on a city visit. Ken promises to be back when our Christchurch Trams are re-instated. His time away from the trams has been far from idle. Presently, with wife Cynthia, he is adventuring around the top of the United States. Cruising and rail travel have been on the agenda. They have recently been on Alaska’s famous White Pass Railroad. (That one had me a tad envious.) He believes travel is the best way to understand one’s role when working in tourism.
Here in Christchurch he has been a tireless worker on the Tramway at Ferrymead Heritage Park, particularly working on the new Tram Barn housing three of our city trams. He has also enjoyed some pleasant day excursions (with myself). Believe it or not these included some railway trips – on the TranzAlpine and sampling the new AK carriages aboard the Coastal Pacific. Our cherished tradition is to share a bottle of red on the homeward stretch. We spent a delightful day checking out Thrillseekers Adventures near Hanmer Springs. On that occasion Ken remarked about Welcome Aboard staff enjoying working for our company. So true. Another day was spent cycling on the Rail Trail to Little River.
Last year, with Joe Pickering, Ken worked on Auckland’s Dockline Tram set up including motormen training. When not doing anything particularly exciting we find time to meet for morning coffee. Ken also spends time working on one of his two model railways; an 0-gauge in his garage and a new G-scale in the garden. The latter involves a grandson Ryan who is the (smaller) Fat controller.