SIGNING OF THE ARMISTICE: Nelson Histrionics Society members on the replica railway carriage. Martin White, Daryl Page, Gordon and Penny Taylor, Roger Dunham, Nick Gastrell and Darryl Ware. Photo: Amy Russ.

Menzshed build replica for Armistice commemorations


Memories of World War 1 will soon be rolling into Nelson’s CBD thanks to members of Menzshed Waimea.

The team took on a project for the Nelson Histrionics Society, to build a replica of the historical railway carriage the ‘Compiegne Wagon’ in which the First and Second Armistice treaties were signed.

The carriage extends over four metres long and just over two metres high. It is to be the centre attraction at the Armistice event, on Trafalgar St, on Sunday, November 11 which will commemorate 100 years of the signing of the World War 1 Armistice.

Menzshed coordinator Alan Kissell says the replica took two weeks to complete and was a team effort.

“Graham Fittock built it with the help of Terry Garside and James Chappell, and the Histrionics members did all of the painting.”

The Histrionics Society are over the moon with the carriage.

“It is just fantastic,” says member Daryl Page. “Look at the detail, it is awesome.”

The first armistice was signed in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918.
Penny Taylor, director for the Nelson event says they are offering a glimpse at what the issues were from all sides.

“The terms of the armistice, which were later embedded into the peace treaties, redefined borders and set in motion changes that helped shape the world as we know it today.”

The free event runs from 10am to 3:30pm, November 11, at the top of Trafalgar St.