East Preston completes 200th tram life extension

In March, Downer’s East Preston tram depot celebrated a key milestone, completing life extension works on their 200th tram as part of the Yarra Trams Rollingstock Additional Works project.


Downer has been delivering a five-year program of life extension refurbishment works for more than 400 trams from Melbourne’s iconic Yarra Trams fleet since 2018.

Over 135 local skilled workers are employed by Downer as part of the works, which is the largest tram overhaul project in the world.

All trams undergo an extensive scope of works as part of the life extension activities on-site, including carriage corrosion remediation, external and internal refresh, as well as numerous system upgrades and improvements.

“Undertaking the largest light rail vehicle refurbishment project in the world is a significant feat, and this milestone is testament to the dedication and hard work of our highly skilled team in East Preston,” Executive General Manager of Downer’s Rollingstock Services business, Tim Young, said.

“Downer is proud to be a leading provider of rollingstock asset management services to our customers across Australia, delivering on projects such as this.”

The 200th refurbished tram is a B2 class tram which first entered service in 1989 and has covered over 1.5 million kilometres in its lifetime. It will now return to service, helping keep the people of Melbourne moving.