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In 1983, the next series of trams for Melbourne, the A1 class, were put into service. Built at Comeng, this class of 28 trams was numbered 231 - 258 and was initially allocated to Kew Depot for use on Route 42 to Mont Albert. Originally fitted with trolley poles, 240 - 258 were fitted with pantographs in 1988, 231 - 239 retaining trolley poles for use on route 78 between Prahran and North Richmond. On conversion of Route 78 to pantograph operation in 1995, 231 - 240 were fitted with pantographs and transferred to Camberwell Depot for use on Route 70 to Wattle Park. These ten trams retained emergency trolley pole bases, but only 234, 237 and 239 actually had emergency poles. These poles were removed in November 1999 after Z3 149 caught fire at the West Maribyrnong ( Route 57) terminus, the cause of the fire being traced to a short circuit in the emergency trolley pole's base.
Apart from pantographs, the A1 class has had few modifications. All trams are fitted with Amplimesh security screens around the drivers' cabin and an advertising panel below the windscreen, while all the A class trams have had their running numbers mounted on the bottom right hand side of the windscreen and a full length advertising panel fitted to the front of the tram. Ticket machines and validators have been fitted to all A class trams. The trams are slowly being painted in the new grey and blue colour scheme by Yarra Trams, the first being A1 246 in March 2000.
The only difference between the A1 class and the A2 class is the improved braking system, by Hanning & Kahl of Bielefeldt, Germany. The A2 class introduced the pantograph to Melbourne's tramways and were initially used on the St. Kilda (Route 96) and the Port Melbourne (Route 111) light rail lines until sufficient B2 class trams were delivered. The A2 class then went home to Kew Depot where they remain today. The entire A class from No.242 (except 243, 247 and 291) onwards now operate on the Port Melbourne light rail line as this route was combined with Route 42 to Mont Albert in December 1993 as Route 109 - Port Melbourne to Mont Albert, operated by Yarra Trams Kew depot.The trams that do not operate on the Port Melbourne line operate on Route 70 to Wattle Park operated by Yarra Trams Camberwell Depot.
Listed below is the current status of the A1 and A2 classes.
Click here for a list of A and B1 class tram destinations.
A1 231 Camberwell Depot. A1 232 Camberwell Depot. A1 233 Camberwell Depot. A1 234 Camberwell Depot. A1 235 Camberwell Depot. A1 236 Camberwell Depot. A1 237 Camberwell Depot. Ticketmaster. A1 238 Camberwell Depot. A1 239 Camberwell Depot. A1 240 Camberwell Depot. Impulse Airlines. A1 241 Camberwell Depot. A1 242 Camberwell Depot. Yarra Trams blue and grey colour scheme. A1 243 Camberwell Depot. "The Age" Car Classifieds. A1 244 Camberwell Depot. A1 245 Kew Depot. A1 246 Camberwell Depot. First tram to be repainted in the new Yarra Trams Blue and grey colour scheme in March 2000. A1 247 Preston Depot. A1 248 Kew Depot. A1 249 Kew Depot. A1 250 Kew Depot. A1 251 Kew Depot. A1 252 Kew Depot. A1 253 Kew Depot. A1 254 Kew Depot. A1 255 Preston Depot. A1 256 Kew Depot. A1 257 Kew Depot. A1 258 Kew Depot.
A2 259 Kew Depot. A2 260 Kew Depot. Country Road A2 261 Kew Depot. A2 262 Kew Depot. A2 263 Kew Depot. A2 264 Kew Depot. A2 265 Kew Depot. Yarra Trams blue and white colour scheme. A2 266 Kew Depot. A2 267 Kew Depot. A2 268 Kew Depot. A2 269 Kew Depot. Accenture A2 270 Kew Depot. A2 271 Kew Depot. A2 272 Kew Depot. A2 273 Kew Depot. A2 274 Kew Depot. A2 275 Kew Depot. A2 276 Kew Depot. A2 277 Kew Depot. A2 278 Kew Depot. A2 279 Kew Depot. A2 280 Kew Depot. A2 281 Kew Depot. A2 282 Kew Depot. A2 283 Kew Depot. A2 284 Kew Depot. A2 285 Kew Depot. A2 286 Kew Depot. A2 287 Kew Depot. A2 288 Kew Depot. Thai Airlines. A2 289 Kew Depot. A2 290 Kew Depot. A2 291 Kew Depot. Impulse Airlines. A2 292 Kew Depot. AMES. A2 293 Kew Depot. Chanel perfume A2 294 Kew Depot. Accenture. A2 295 Kew Depot. CitiBank. A2 296 Kew Depot. A2 297 Kew Depot. A2 298 Kew Depot. A2 299 Kew Depot. A2 300 Kew Depot.
This page of A class trams was last updated on 24th November 2001. Please email me if you have any corrections.
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Many thanks to Yao Yao for updates to this page.
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