This morning in Western Australia we heard the news of another terrible earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am sure that all readers of this blog will join me in sending our comiserations and best wishes to the people of Christchurch.
I have now received good new from COTMA in Australia via Crewe.
'So far no known deaths amongst the employees and volunteers or their families of both the tramways but not all news is in.
Sadly some have suffered significant damage to their homes.
No doubt some have suffered injuries.
The Christchurch City Depot has suffered some damage, mainly broken windows from the building next door.
The city tram rollingstock has not been damaged, but three cars are stranded in the streets (some of the newspapers web photos have shown this) and it is likely it will be some time before they can get back to the depot due to the streets being closed to all other than to emergency crews.'
The depots and trams at Ferrymead have also sustained minor damage.