Restoring W-Class Trams

Published: 7 August 2017

A fifth restored W-Class tram is now in service on the City Circle Route in Melbourne.

The restoration process takes around 7000 hours to complete, bringing the tram back to its original look while upgrading safety, performance and passenger features.

Watch the video to find out more on the W-Class tram restoration.

Video transcript

[Vision:  City Circle Tram 35 - Restoring W-Class Trams - tram being restored]

Wendy McMillan: CEO Rolling Stock Development - Transport for Victoria

Bendigo Tramways have fantastically skilled workers.  The W-Class Tram Fleet was actually designed nearly a century ago.

[Vision:  Views of restored tram 35]

And, this tram today that we are launching, fully restored by Bendigo Tramways, is a 64-year-old tram fully safe, fully operational for the network that will be running out of service here this morning.

[Vision:  Tram leaving workshop - Wendy McMillan speaking]

W-Class Restoration Project has been underway for over a year.

[Vision:  Views of inside tram]

This is the fifth.

[Vision:  Old footage of people getting on tram - trams and traffic]

The W-Class is part of Melbourne's heritage.  When tourists come here this is an absolutely iconic experience.

[Vision:  Restored tram 35]

This is the largest tram network in the world.

[Vision:  City Circle Tram 35 - modern tram]

And we're pretty proud to say that we've got the mix of the 1950s and sixties trams still out there running for our patrons day in day out, while we're still ordering another 80 E-Class trams.

[Vision:  Restored tram - views of city buildings]

[VICTORIA State Government]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]