Z3 Class

Z3 Class tram 162, Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne, 19 December 2017.

Road numbers:

116–48, 150–230

 

Operator:

Yarra Trams, Melbourne

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1979

 

Number built:

115

 

Type:

Three-door, bogie saloon

 

Manufacturer:

Commonwealth Engineering, later ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)

 

Manufacturing location:

Dandenong, Victoria

 

Motors:

2 x AEG ABS 3322 195 kW

 

Weight:

21.8 t

 

Length:

16.6 m

 

Seats:

40

The Z3 Class trams followed on from the earlier Z1 Class and Z2 Class, which brought a new design of tram to Melbourne in the 1970s. They were built with different trucks to the Z1 and Z2 trams, and this improved their ride quality. Almost all of the class remain in service, although number 149 was damaged by fire and subsequently scrapped. They are allocated to Malvern, Essendon, Glenhuntly and Brunswick depots.