Lynne Kosky kills the W-Class tram:
MELBOURNE'S remaining vintage W-class trams will be phased out on all routes except the City Circle line, despite a new campaign to get hundreds of the dilapidated trams restored and back on the tracks.
The National Trust has begun lobbying to save the trams, introduced in 1923.
Just 12 W-class trams run on the City Circle route. Another 25 run along Chapel Street in South Yarra, Richmond's Church Street and on La Trobe Street in the city.
Nine weeks ago, Yarra Trams stopped running the W-class trams in South Yarra and Richmond on weekends, replacing them with newer models.
And 178 of the vintage trams are slowly deteriorating in the Government's Newport and Preston workshops.
→ The Age: W-class trundling into history
This is sad news. The old W-class trams are part of the fabric of Melbourne and without them the city becomes one step closer to generic. It says a lot about the absence of imagination that is characteristic of most politicians that Kosky can’t see this.
She should take a trip to San Francisco and see the way that city has transformed the F-line by using historic, beautifully restored streetcars from cities around America and the world (including a W-class Melbourne tram!). People come to San Francisco to experience San Francisco, and part of that is the light rail systems.
Likewise Melbourne, but it seems we have to be humourless and unimaginative about it.