Karachi to Melbourne Tram

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The Karachi Tram by night
Inside the tram

The Melbourne to Karachi tram or the W-11 tram was a Z class tram decorated by a team of professional Pakistani vehicle decorators, commissioned by the City of Melbourne for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name is based on the W-11 buses originally found in Karachi, Pakistan, which are a model of minibus famous for their entertainment value: decorated with lush designs and playing popular Pakistani or Indian music. Competition between buses has made these buses famous for their extravagant designs and entertainment.

The tram[edit]

As a showcase of Pakistani culture, the tram was commissioned for the Commonwealth Games, and a team of W-11 decorators were invited to decorate the tram, which toured around the city for the duration of the games, playing Bhangra and Pakistani music.

It has been on display at the Melbourne Tram Museum @ Hawthorn Depot since 19 June 2015.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Yarra Trams Z1 Class No 81 'Karachi W11'". www.hawthorntramdepot.org.au. Melbourne Tram Museum @ Hawthorn Depot. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.