W-Class tram (Route 35)

Restoring W-Class trams

The Government has 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 three W-Class trams that have been restored are currently taking passengers on the City Circle tram route.

Restoration of the fourth tram has commenced and is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

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.

Project update

In March 2016, a fourth refurbished W-Class tram was completed at the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop. The newly restored tram will operate on Melbourne's City Circle route.

For more information, see Restored W-Class tram enters service

View a video of the the fourth restored W-Class tram rolling out of Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop, below.

View a video of the third restored W-Class tram rolling out of Southbank depot, below.