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Yarra Trams are restoring their fleet of W-Class trams as part of an $8 million project, which brings the trams as close to their original appearance as possible. The W-class tram is a cultural icon to Melbourne, of which those that remain in Melbourne are classified by the National Trust of Australia.
The W-Class trams are being entered into service on the City Circle route, restored to their former glory but adding modern safety equipment and passenger comfort. The popular City Circle has around 3.3 million passenger trips each year. These passengers will experience the trams of yesteryear, with modern comforts
The W-Class trams, which were first introduced onto Melbourne’s tram network in the 1940s and 1950s, are being restored as close to their original appearance as possible.
The work extends beyond what people can see and includes detailed engineering, safety and structural work to bring them up to modern standards of safety, reliability, passenger comfort and maintainability.
Each restoration is a significant and complex undertaking involving extensive stripping down and rebuilding. The complete refurbishment of the third W-Class tram includes:
Yarra Trams approached Floyd Instruments to take on the project of restoring a range of Floyd pressure gauges that were originally installed on the W class Trams. Some of these gauges were at least 60 years young, therefore challenging our Technicians to come up with a working solution to have these gauges brought back to their original splendour.
With numerous hours of intricate work by hand, Floyd Instruments managed to produce a range of fully restored workable Pressure gauges to be used on the newly revamped iconic W class Trams.
The end result was truly first class and intricate craftsmanship displayed by the Floyd Instrument technicians on a challenging but rewarding project, which Floyd Instruments can be proud of having some involvement in getting the cultural icon of the W class Tram back on the rails.