SW6 Class

SW6 Class tram 925 on the City Circle route, Corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets, Melbourne, 16 January 2017.

Road numbers:

850–1, 852–5, 857–60, 862–80, 882, 884, 886, 888–92, 894–901, 903–5, 908–17, 920–7, 929, 931–4, 936, 940–5, 947–56, 958, 960, 962, 966–7, 969

 

Operator:

Yarra Trams, Melbourne

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1939

 

Number built:

119

 

Type:

Bogie, drop-centre saloon

 

Manufacturer:

Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board

 

Manufacturing location:

Melbourne, Vic

 

Motors:

4 x GE 247 AX2 30 kW

 

Weight:

17.5 t

 

Length:

14.2 m

 

Seats:

52

The introduction of the SW6 Class trams in 1939 brought an expansion of tram services in Melbourne’s city and suburbs. They have seen extensive service and are now the oldest trams in regular operation in Melbourne. Two members of the class (888, 925) are in service on the City Circle route and are allocated to Southbank depot. Most of the remaining members of the class are stored, while some are owned by preservation groups. Five have been converted to W8 Class trams.