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Last stop your house: Melbourne selling off 134 of its iconic trams in blind auctions… but you better be quick!

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/05/2018 Greta Levy

a green train parked at a bus stop: Melbourne's iconic yellow and green trams are up for adoption to businesses or community groups who will keep them forever © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Melbourne's iconic yellow and green trams are up for adoption to businesses or community groups who will keep them forever Melbourne's iconic yellow and green trams are up for adoption to businesses or community groups who will keep them forever. 

Around 134 of the retired trams will be put up for adoption at the end of May. 

Each tram will be handed over to a person who diligently fills out a questionnaire detailing what tram they would like, whether they would like seating options and agree to pay $1000. 

a close up of a busy city street: The trams aren't allowed to be visited by their new owners in the yard and will instead to allocated to the new home © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The trams aren't allowed to be visited by their new owners in the yard and will instead to allocated to the new home The trams aren't allowed to be visited by their new owners in the yard and will instead to allocated to the new home. 

If the new owner doesn't like their tram - it will be given to another lucky buyer.  

All the trams up for adoption are from the 'W' and 'Z' class and were designed and built in Melbourne. 

The W- class were built by the Melbourne and Metropolitian Tramways Board between 1923 and 1956. The Z- class were built between 1975 and 1983. 

a bus driving down a city street: Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said the trams have connected the community and have been a part of Australia's rich history © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said the trams have connected the community and have been a part of Australia's rich history

By adopting out the dated transport it allows them to still be in the public eye. 

Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said the trams have connected the community and have been a part of Australia's rich history.

'These Victorian icons will now be available to come to life once again and preserved for future generations to enjoy,' Ms Allan told the Guardian

According to Victrack to externally restore the tram’s internal fittings will cost $35,000 – $80,000 depending on the condition of the tram.

Expressions of interest open on 28 May and close on 6 July.


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