W8 Class

W8 Class tram 1010, Queen’s Bridge, Melbourne, 15 January 2017.

Road numbers:

856, 888, 925, 928, 946, 957, 959, 961, 981, 983, 1010

 

Operator:

Yarra Trams, Melbourne

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2013

 

Number built:

11

 

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 W8 Class consists of SW6, W7 and W8 Class trams that were refurbished from 2013 to form the new W8 Class. The refurbishment was carried out by Bendigo Tramway Workshops and involved modernisation to incorporate a range of features, including improved safety through a strengthened underframe and driver’s cab, improved electrical controls, and installation of a public address system. They are allocated to Southbank depot and are in service on the City Circle route as heritage trams representing Melbourne’s tramway history, but with modern features required to operate on the network. More trams are currently being converted to W8 Class.