They’re no longer travelling around the tracks of Melbourne but Victoria’s retired tram fleet may soon be parked in the front yards of schools and community groups across the city.
Under the Retired Trams Strategy, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today confirmed the Andrews government will give Victorians a chance to get their hands on a free tram, including the iconic W-Class tram.
“Over the years trams have transported millions of Victorians, connected our communities and are an integral part of our rich heritage,” she said.
“If they’re not going to be used on the network, we want to keep these trams accessible to the community.”
“These Victorian icons will now be available to come to life once again and preserved for future generations to enjoy.”
Of the 237 retired trams, 134 will be made available to the public as part of the expression of interest.
Other retired trams including the Art Trams, Advertising Trams, and a small number of other trams will be preserved for potential re-purposing in the future and are not part of the EOI.
Over the years, many trams have already been repurposed for varying uses, including as cafes and classrooms, and are on display in public places.
Anyone is welcome to express their interest in acquiring a tram, and community groups and educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants will need to explain how they will restore, repurpose and maintain a tram, preserving it for future generations.
Entries for the scheme will open on Monday 28 May 2018 and close on 6 July 2018.