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Melbourne Trams sold overseas

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San Francisco MUNI Melbourne W2 class tram
Former Melbourne W2 tram, 496, escaped to the sunny west coast of the USA. It is seen in the historic and active tram (or as the Americans would say, streetcar) fleet of San Francisco's MUNI transport system. Car 496 is seen in July 2002 at Fisherman's Wharf in the company of PCC "Streamliner" Streetcar 1060, representing the Public Service Coordinated Transport of Newark, New Jersey. The car was new to SF MUNI, though MUNI are acquiring some genuine New Jersey streetcars to supplement their historic fleet. The red wheels earnt the cars the nickname "Ruby slippers". Find out more at the excellent Market Street Railway website. MUNI also has Melbourne 586 awaiting restoration, both were acquired after supposed retirement in 1984.
 
Seattle Melbourne tram
At about the same time that San Francisco was buying old Melbourne trams, so was Seattle. Kings County Metro started a city water front service in 1982. There were five operational cars, with 512 identified nearer the camera in this 1986 view. The other cars noted were 272, 482, 518 and 605, all class W2.
 
Seattle Melbourne tram
A 1986 view of W2 class tram 482 in Seattle.
 
Seattle Melbourne W2 tram 482
Eighteen years later and 482 was still doing stirling service. Not only was it working a lot harder as the sea front had developed into a great tourist attraction, but it was looking in better condition than back in 1986!
 
Seattle Melbourne W2 tram 272
Tram 272 was also in excellent condition in August 2004, seen here with the Seattle skyline behind. The Melbourne trams have since been joined by a fleet of modern trams on a new Center City Connector route on new tracks. Revisiting Seattle in October 2014 it was surprising to find the track abandoned and the purpose built tramshed buried under the new Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. The line was closed to prepare for this construction in November 2005. The five trams, plus 525 which had been acquired for spares, were put in store. Various proposals have been put forward to resuurect a vintage tram service, but in 2016 cars 482, 512 and 518 were sold to St Louis for the Delmar Loop Trolley tourist service. With their initial storage site being demolished 272 and 605 were moved to Arlington in the state for storage and a possible plan to modify them for use as an attraction on the Center City Connector track.
 
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