Restoring W-Class trams
The 2011-12 State Budget committed $8 million to restoring Melbourne's historic W-Class trams.
The Bendigo Trust is playing an important role in the ongoing maintenance of the W-Class tram fleet.
The first and second W-Class tram that have been restored are currently taking passengers on the City Circle tram route.
The restoration of the third tram started in June 2014 and is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2015.
The fourth tram to be restored has commenced in August 2014 and is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2015.
Trams are being restored to as close to their original appearance as possible, while meeting modern safety standards and having improved passenger comfort, performance and reliability.
This is a huge and complex project involving the extensive stripping down and rebuilding of a W-Class tram. The end result is effectively a brand new tram.
The complete refurbishment has included:
- new impact resistant driver’s cabin
- removal of high voltage wiring from the driver’s cabin
- new electronics and wiring to allow for GPS surveillance and improved electrical performance
- a complete rebuild of the body to include better safety features
- painting and restoring the green and gold livery.