How many trams are getting the W8 rebuild?

 
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

There seems to be very little information out there on the W8 project. What trams have been rebuilt to W8? Which ones are pending rebuild? How many will there be?

Accoring to Vicsig there is only one W8 rebuild in service, number 846 which entered service in March, but according to Wikipedia 959 is the only rebuild entering service in June...

Whats the deal?

Thanks

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  scrat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Fitzroy North
There are currently two, 946 and 959. The first, 946 was done at Preston and was to be the template for Bendigo to follow. I'm not to sure how many will be done, but according to the PTV website $8 million has been allocated. The government originally stated that all would eventually be restored, but this may be a long process.

Liam.
  connexwest Deputy Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the World's Biggest Divvy Van
There are currently two, 946 and 959. The first, 946 was done at Preston and was to be the template for Bendigo to follow. I'm not to sure how many will be done, but according to the PTV website $8 million has been allocated. The government originally stated that all would eventually be restored, but this may be a long process.

Liam.
scrat

Considering that 946 often spends a lot of the time off the road; there could also be unexpected problems with the W8s and this may be a reason there could be delays to the project.
  TheMetman Locomotive Driver

Location: gippsland
Considering that 946 often spends a lot of the time off the road; there could also be unexpected problems with the W8s and this may be a reason there could be delays to the project.
connexwest
W8 946 has been running around. Also 957 is undergoing rebuild into a W8 at Bendigo.
  scrat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Fitzroy North
Considering that 946 often spends a lot of the time off the road; there could also be unexpected problems with the W8s and this may be a reason there could be delays to the project.
connexwest
W8 949 was the class leader and therefore underwent lots of testing, and retesting, to iron out bugs and finalise the design (look at how much testing the Es are undergoing). This process slowed the project down a little, but it seems on track now, it's just a matter of funding and how quickly Bendigo can churn them out.

Liam.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the info.

So we have so far done or on the way: 946, 959 and 957.

Hopefully many more to come in the coming years.

Thanks
  NR1 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Warrnambool
Any updates on the refurb program???? How many have been converted now? And a bit off topic but have any w classes been withdrawn since the E classes have been introduced? Thanks in advance, Nr1
  M636C Minister for Railways

Thanks for the info.

So we have so far done or on the way: 946, 959 and 957.

Hopefully many more to come in the coming years.

Thanks
Mr. Lane


Sadly I'm told that much of the allocated money was spent upgrading 946 and 959 and the last information I had was that work had stopped on 957.

I'm told that the first two cost more than $2 million each and there is concern that this isn't good value for money.

The modifications to the cab to raise the floor to improve collision protection for the driver had not been completed on 957 in the last photo I saw.

M636C
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

According to VicSig W7 1010 has recently gone to Bendigo for W8 conversion, but 957 remains after 3 years...

Also several stored W's at Preston Workshops have been transferred to Newport. That is probably the end for them.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

W8.1010 is apparently completed. What of 957?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
W8.1010 is apparently completed. What of 957?
Mr. Lane
957 was the most recent one to be completed.

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