Reinventing trams

Victoria’s retired trams have transported millions of people and are an integral part of our rich heritage.

As Melbourne’s transport system has modernised and the needs of public transport users have evolved, older trams have been progressively retired from the network.

Most of the retired trams are stored away at the Newport workshops and are in varying states of repair.

Following an expression of interest process where people applied to own a tram, we are now relocating the trams to their new homes.

Expression of interest

In 2018 we ran an expression of interest process to find the retired trams new homes, and received more than 1,500 applications for the 134 trams available.

We are now removing the trams from Newport so they can start their new lives.

You might soon see a refurbished tram being given a second life as a coffee shop, bar, classroom or community facility in your local neighbourhood.

One tram has also become part of the set of Australia’s longest running drama series, Neighbours, where it is promoting Melbourne to a global audience.

Find out more

If you’re interested in learning more about retired trams you can watch our videos, which tell eight different stories about the connections Victorians have with their trams.

All trams have been allocated and no more will be made available, but if you would like to know more about tram ownership please read our frequently asked questions below.