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Carriages from decommissioned trams that were used more than 90-years-ago have been restored to make a unique home, a popular bar and may also get the green light to be converted into cafes.
A W-Class Melbourne tram has already been transformed into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home and been marketed for $427,000 in Muckleford Victoria, 130 kilometres from Melbourne City.
Plans to restore 20 to 50 W-Class Melbourne trams may also go ahead and will be used as ‘mini museums’ with a café inside in a proposed $400,000 venture.
The original windows and domed room remain intact (pictured) in the quirky house which was originally built as a 'hippy' getaway. This study has been built on one side of the W-Class tram (pictured)
Sitting in the heart of a property with more than eight hectares of bushland the 10 A Frame Track renovated tram home also includes mudbrick sections built primarily around the tram.
Owner Gary Markoff, 62, told the Daily Mail Australia this was his ‘hippy house’ and he converted the old 1920s tram because he ‘needed a place to live’.
He said: ‘I needed a home and I didn’t have much money at the time.
‘I bought the tram for about $260 and the rate to bring it out to the bush was about three times that.’
The home has been marketed at $427,000 and sits on a eight hectare property with a dam, horse paddock and trails around the bushland
Mr Markoff who is now a psychologist said the tram has all the furnishings of a modern middle class home and is completely ‘self-contained’.
He said: ‘The home has solar panels, a diesel generator and it’s completely self-contained, I mean other than having to get a couple of bottles of gas I don’t need to do much.’
The office is in the front carriage where the driver’s compartment once was and a bedroom sits on the other end rich with timber panelling and a hand rail suspended from the ceiling.
Floorboards, windows and the original domed roof remain intact in the quirky home and a modernised water system including tanks and dams are available to new home owners.
The 10 A Frame Track renovated tram home also includes mudbrick sections built primarily around the tram to house bedrooms (pictured) on either end of the carriages
But this won’t be the last time a W-Class tram will be renovated with plans to convert several of the 200 trams in storage into modern cafés to commemorate Melbourne’s transport history.
Artist's impressions comfortable couches and wooden tables added to the interior of a tram carriage – which if plans go ahead – could be seen on the lawns of the State library.
Sites near Queen Victoria Market and along Southbank have also been flagged as potential locations for the quirky eateries.
The trams are currently sitting in Newport depot with broken windows, covered in graffiti and rusting and a Facebook group call Melbourne’s W-Class trams have said ‘many people complain about the appalling conditions’.
Artist's impressions comfortable couches and wooden tables added to the interior of a tram carriage – which if plans go ahead – could be seen on the lawns of the State library
Melbourne advertising director Michael Abdel told the Herald Sun he came up with the concept for Melbourne Coffee Co and hopes to use the carriages as a 'mini museum'.
He said: 'We want to make them in mini museums and for people to enjoy their coffee while learning what each tram did in its lifetime and how it lived.
'Melbourne is known for its W-Class trams and its coffee and what better way to have a Melbourne experience.'
An aim to see the trams in locations in New York and London have also been proposed, although Public Transport Victoria have stalled on their decision.
Another W-class tram was turned into a bar, called Tram Bar (pictured), in Melbourne's CBD but closed in early February in 2015
Tram Bar was a popular venue that sold imported beers, boutique wines and ciders and had a range of personalised cocktails available to customers
Public Transport Victoria spokesman Adrian Darwent told the Herald Sun that there was 'significant interest' but sending them overseas would not be part of the process.
He said: 'W-Class trams are an important part of Melbourne's public transport history and we are keen to find new and innovative ways to keep these trams in the community.'
Another W-class tram was turned into a bar, called Tram Bar, in Melbourne's CBD but closed in early February last year.
Sir Elton John was also the proud owner of a Melbourne tram - the W2.520 that sits on his manicured lawn acquired some time in the 1980s.
The famed musician told the Daily Telegraph the purchase was likely one of his 'drug-induced moments' and cost him 'ten thousand to buy it and a million to ship it over'.
The W-class trams were produced between 1923 and 1956 by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board and began to be phased out of Melbourne in 2009.
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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