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M&MTB W2 No 323

This is an example of the classic Melbourne W2 class tram. It entered service in 1925 after being constructed at the Holden Street Workshops of the M&MTB as a W class tram. After some years in this form, it was converted along with most of the other W class trams to a W2 class tramcar, just as No 220 was.

Its history from thereon was very typical of a Melbourne W2 class tramcar, surviving in traffic until 1986, finally running from Essendon Depot. It was disposed complete to a buyer in Trentham, Victoria.

It was subsequently re-acquired by the State Government for possible inclusion in the Heritage Fleet, being the only example of a Melbourne tramcar that has been sold and then re-purchased.

As this tramcar is surplus to Heritage Fleet requirements, it has been placed on loan to the TMSV by the State Government, and is currently awaiting transfer from Newport Workshops to Bylands.

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Last updated 16 January 2003.
Content copyright © Russell Jones 2001-3. Reproduced with permission.