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Premier Ted Baillieu has announced that the first restored W-class
tram is expected to return to service on the City Circle in October
Tram 946 is the first tram to be restored under the project, and
the Bendigo Tramways Trust has now started work on the second
vehicle which will begin operation in early 2013.
The tram has been completely rewired which will improve
reliability, the braking system has been overhauled, new seating
has been installed, the drivers cabin has been reinforced to
improve safety, and extensive work has been done to improve the
tram's structural integrity.
Once the works on Tram 946 are completed the tram will undergo
rigorous testing to ensure it is ready for operation once are
Yarra Trams Project Manager David Cigognini said leading the
W-Class tram project had been a career highlight.
"The W-Class restoration project has proven to be the most
interesting and challenging project I have been involved in during
my 24 years working with Melbourne's trams," Mr Cigognini said.
ABOVE: Premier Baillieu and David Cigognini in
the driver's cabin of tram 946.