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Melbourne's W Class Trams W5 720 to 799.


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W5 Class Trams 720 to 799.


Preston Workshops built 120 W5 class trams between 1935 and 1939, and converted five CW5 class trams in 1956 to W5 class, simply by swapping over the Brill 22E maximum traction bogies with standard MMTB No.15 bogies. Final numbering was 681 - 685, 720 - 839.

The W5 class was the final chapter in the design of Melbourne's three door drop centre tram. Changes made to the design was firstly just directed at the shape of the windscreens, later changes included removing the centre door, relining the ceiling and installing upholstered seating in the drop centre. In 1983, a program was instituted that saw the installation of sliding doors, round cornered windscreens and other improvements designed to prolong the tram's life for another ten years. The conversion program was stopped in 1986 after 83 trams had been converted.


W5 720. In service 1936.
The centre door was filled in in 1973. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 721. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by Steig Persson for the Herald and Weekly Times. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 722. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by David Larwill for Associated Communications Enterprises. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 723. In service 1936.
Theme car. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 724. In service 1936.
Theme car. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 725. In service 1935.
Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 726. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by the rock groupMental as Anything for Melbourne FM radio. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 727. In service 1936.
Theme car painted to promote public transport. It was the first car to have its centre door removed in 1969. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 728. In service 1936.
converted to SW5, operates from Southbank Depot as part of the City Circle free tourist tram service.
W5 729. In service 1936.
Theme car painted by tram crews. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 730. In service 1936.
Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 731. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by Lesley Dumbrell for Carlton and United Breweries. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 732. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 733. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 734. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 735. In service 1936.
Sold to the Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, Iowa, USA.
W5 736. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 737. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 738. In service 1935.
Transporting Art car painted by Jeffrey Makin for Dulux Australia. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 739. In service 1935.
On loan to Tramway Museum Society of Victoria, Bylands Vic.
W5 740. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 741. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 742. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 743. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 744. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 745. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 746. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 747. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 748. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 749. In service 1936.
Theme car painted by tram crews complete with a Chinaman on the front. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 750. In service 1936.
Currently stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 751. In service 1936.
Sold to the Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, Iowa, USA.
W5 752. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 753. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 754. In service 1935.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5.
W5 755.In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 756. In service 1936.
Sold to the Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, USA. Currently located in working order at the Savannah Roundhouse Museum, Savannah Georgia.
W5 757. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 758. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by Michael Johnson for the State Insurance Office. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 759. In service 1936.
Preserved as part of the PTC Heritage tram fleet.
W5 760. In service 1936.
Transporting Art car painted by Robert Jacks for the Focus Group. Currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 761. In service 1936.
Sold complete on 27/1/1989 to a private buyer in Bacchus marsh Vic..
W5 762. In service 1936.
Preserved at the Sydney Tramway Museum.
W5 763. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 764 In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 765. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 766. In service 1936.
Preserved at the Perth Electric Tramway Society, Whiteman Park W.A.
W5 767. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 768. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 769. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 770. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 771. In service 1936.
The tram remained in original condition and was sold to the Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, USA.
W5 772. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 773. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 774. In service 1936.
The tram remained in original condition and is now preserved as part of the PTC Heritage tram fleet.
W5 775. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class>
W5 776. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 777. In service 1936. Its last allocation was Sth Melbourne Depot.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 778. In service 1936.
Sold complete less motors on 16/10/1990 to private enthusiast at Newtown, Geelong.
W5 779. In service 1936.
Sold to Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, Iowa USA.
W5 780. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 781. In service 1936.
This tram was the last to be converted to SW5 in 1985 and is currently stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 782. In service 1936.
On loan to the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria, Bylands. It is intended to restore it to 1935 condition using windshields from W5 752 and parts from W5 820.
W5 783. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops.
W5 784. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 785. In service 1936. Its last allocation was Sth Melbourne Depot.
Converted to SW5 class in 1955 using parts already made for the 30 cancelled W7 class trams - Ready Reserve fleet tram currently stored at Glenhuntly Depot.
W5 786. In service 1937.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 787. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - it was involved in a serious collision in 1952 and was converted to SW5 class in 1956 using spare W7 parts but it retained square cornered windscreens.
W5 788. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 789. In service 1936.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 790. In service 1937.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 791. In service 1937.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 792. In service 1937.
Preserved at the Sydney Tramway Museum.
W5 793. In service 1937.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 794. In service 1937.
The tram remained in original condition and was sold on 20/10/1989 to Withers Holiday Village Lakes Entrance Vic.
W5 795. In service 1937.
This tram was meant to be the 84th SW5 conversion. Work had started on the tram when the program was stopped.The tram was loaned to Tramway Museum Sociey of Victoria, Bylands Vic. in 1991
W5 796. In service 1937.
Stored at Essendon Depot on 4 road - it was converted to a drivers instruction car, training tram and mobile schoolroom in 1992.
W5 797 In service 1938.
Stored at Newport Workshops - converted to SW5 class.
W5 798 In service 1937.
Body sold on 20/2/1990 to private buyer in Lonsdale Vic.
W5 799. In service 1937.
The tram was sold to the Gomaco Trolley Co., Ida Grove, Iowa USA after fire damage in 1988.


W Class page index

W class trams 219 to 300.
W class trams 301 to 399.
W class trams 400 to 499.
W class trams 500 to 599.
W class trams 600 to 685.
W class trams 800 to 899.
W class trams 900 to 999.
W class trams 1000 to 1040.


This page was last updated on the 10th July 2002.


The saga of the W class continues as more time is found. Sorry the page is in a bit of a mess at the moment, more information as in the W2 class is forthcoming, so please bear with me.

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