W7 Class

W7 Class tram 1022 in La Trobe St, at the corner of Swanston St, on route 30, Melbourne, 21 January 2008. Photo: Ninad Katyare, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

1002–9, 1012–16, 1018–35, 1036–38

 

Operator:

Yarra Trams, Melbourne

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1955

 

Number built:

40

 

Type:

Bogie, drop-centre saloon

 

Manufacturer:

Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board; Ansair

 

Manufacturing location:

Melbourne, Vic

 

Motors:

4 x GE 247 AX2 30 kW

 

Weight:

17.7 t

 

Length:

14.2 m

 

Seats:

48

The W7 Class, like the W6 Class, is among the last of Melbourne’s once ubiquitous W series of trams. Forty were built by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, although Ansair, a bus and vehicle body building company, manufactured some of the frames. Number 1020 is the last in regular service; it is used on the City Circle route and is allocated to Southbank depot. Most of the remaining class members are stored, while several have been preserved.