But goign back to my original statement - i do not mean lets restore them to what they were as if they were fresh off the 1930's production line - I said that say 20 should be done like that for prosperity - while the 150 other W class trams should have the interiors restored, but be mechanically changed. Several cities around the world have restored them, but put in modern mechanics, and in a wheel chair lift (which is quick to work) at one entrance for disabled people.
Yes, but that has only been done with a very few trams in a handful of cities, and all those trams are used purely for tourist purposes.
There are nine W-class trams operating on a "heritage" line in Memphis, and one W-class tram on similar line in Dallas. Seattle had a tourist route using five W-class trams, but that ceased operations five years ago. One other tram was restored and given as a wedding present from the Victorian Government to Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. It occasionally runs at the Danish Tramway Historical Society's museum in Jystrup. That's the sum total.
Needless to say, no other tram system has ever considered shipping in dozens of our unused W-class trams to run routine passenger services. The notion of having a large fleet of them operating normal routes in Melbourne is quite unrealistic. The National Trust's proposal is at least feasible.