Restoring W-Class trams

Cost

$8 million

Project description

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.

Video: W-Class trams - $8 million refurbishment program