Restoring W-Class trams
The 2011-12 State Budget committed $8 million to restoring Melbourne's historic W-Class trams.
The Bendigo Trust will play an important role in the ongoing maintenance of the W-Class tram fleet.
The restored trams will undergo a limited return to service in activity areas and on tourist routes. Options under consideration include:
- the Central Business District
- St Kilda, South Melbourne
- Chapel Street, South Yarra, Prahran and Armadale
- Fitzroy, Brunswick and Coburg.
Routes will be determined in consultation with Yarra Trams, the National Trust and Melbourne and local councils.
The first W-Class tram that has been restored is currently undergoing a passenger trial to test the tram in a real world setting.
Once the results of the passenger testing have been evaluated, the tram will begin operating on the popular City Circle tourist route.
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