After 18 years of wearing a makeshift “what if” colour scheme for a proposed tourist tramway in Canberra that never eventuated, the museum’s Melbourne W2 class tram No. 249 will be receiving a well deserved repaint back into the traditional MMTB Green and Cream colour scheme it wore for much of it’s service life. The tram will represent the 1950’s version of this colour scheme, known for having features such as green windows, gold lining, deep brunswick green bumpers and the placement of the car number and MMTB logo on the end saloon panels. The marker lights, which were a later 1970’s addition, will be removed. Work is expected to continue over the next few months heading into the new year.
Surface preparation continues on 249’s exterior, whilst it is in the workshop for light re-wiring and marker light removal.
Whilst work starts on end apron refurbishment and repairs, Ian Hanson and Chris Jacobs have simultaneously begun applying undercoat to the windows and tram body, using a special mixture that Ian has made up himself. It is said to be comprised of 50% primer, 50% paint and 20% Turpentine.