Re: Re: Tram enthusiasts able to obtain retired fleet
  Mal Rowe

On 15/05/2018 4:38 PM, David Walker wrote:
> "Of the 237 retired trams, 134 will be made available to the public as part of the expression of interest process to open on May 28 and close on July 6."


> What puzzles me is what is intended for the others? Other posts have mentioned five in good nick awaiting refurbishment (e.g. for the city circle) and a few art trams to go to the people who painted them, but that still leaves nearly 100. Are they so decrepit that they will be left to the white ants, are there other creative uses, or is this just the first stock clearance sale?

It's all in the strategy document available as a download from

The relevant section is on page 9 and reads:

There are a total of 237 trams. The condition of each
tram, based on the audit, was carefully scrutinised and
the trams were categorised accordingly:
> Operational: 17 for use on the City Circle or for the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

> Preservation: 25 in good overall condition, suitable for W8 upgrade or gifting

> Privately owned: six

> Historical significance: 11

> Transporting Art Trams: 20 independent of condition

> Donor and spares: 24 trams of poor and incomplete condition.

The balance of trams (134), whose condition or significance does not lend itself to be preserved in any way, will be offered under an EOI process.

The reference to 'tram enthusiasts' is an unfortunate invention of the sub editors of The Age.
The trams are prioritised to places with public access, not private museums or back yard sheds.
Item 19 in the FAQ (also on the web) reads:

*19. I want to obtain a tram for my own private use, will I stand a good chance in receiving one?*

Applicants providing accessibility to the general public will be preferred and weighted accordingly.

Mal Rowe - taking that answer as a NO.