Saw one of those new trams (E-Class) being tested in the city last night. Looked great, bright LEDs. Nicer than Citadis.
Will these finally see the retirement of the Z class & A/B class?
To replace all Z,A and B class trams, that wouls require about 350 new trams, so no, that isn't likely to happen any time soon. What is likely to happen though, is the withdrawal of Z1 and Z2 class trams, as well as the W class trams from Glenhuntly (which we have already seen happen). We are also likely to see some of the troublesome Z3 trams withdrawn towards the end of the program. If the govt does give the go ahead for the additional order of 100 E class, than we will likely see the withdrawal of most of the other Z3 class trams.
The A and B class trams are not that close to the end of their lives so we will have them around for the next decade at the very least.