W8 Class tram 1010, Queen’s Bridge, Melbourne, 15 January 2017.
856, 888, 925, 928, 946, 957, 959, 961, 981, 983, 1010
Yarra Trams, Melbourne
Year of entry into service:
Bogie, drop-centre saloon
Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board; Ansair
4 x GE 247 AX2 30 kW
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.