Trams of Australia

G class

(F, G, K, Q & R classes - Single-truck, straight-sill, closed combination cars)

Nos: F(46-47), G(48-53), K(92-100), Q(139-150, 190-201), R(151-153, 172-176)
Introduced: F: 1912, G: 1913, K: 1919-20, Q: 1922-23, R: 1920
Withdrawn: 1929-36, Q: 1955-57
Electrics: various
Size: length 9.43 - 10.06 m, width 2.64 - 2.73 m
Seating/Crush load: 34-36/

The F, G and K classes were built for the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT), the Q for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB), and the R for the Fitzroy, Northcote and Preston Tramways Trust (FNPTT).

The F and G classes were built as straight sill centre-aisle summer cars with 5 doors on each side (seating 52). This is quite close to a toastrack design, and it must have been unpopular, because in the early 1920s they were modified by removing the centre door to make an enclosed saloon with longitudinal seating. The K class was originally built this way, but was unpopular because it was very rough-riding.

The Q-class trams were built by the MMTB in a plan to quickly increase the number of electric trams in service.

In 1928, these codes were rationalised. The F, G, K, Q and R classes are all single-truck straight-sill, closed combination cars, so they were all re-designated as G-class. Since they were "straight-sill", not "drop-end" like the Old A class, I would have thought they would be harder to board (more steps) than the other design. I am not sure what the attraction of this design was.

Preserved G-class trams
Non-operating trams: To be restored: