Melbourne C class tram
The Citadis and Combino trams were introduced following privatisation of Melbourne's tram system. The private operators were obliged under their franchises to replace older Z class trams, although this has not fully taken place. Yarra Trams introduced the Citadis or C class, manufactured in France by Alstom. It is a three section articulated vehicle. Thirty-six are in service. The now defunct M>Tram purchased the German made Siemens Combino. The Combino is a three (D1 class) or five (D2 class) section articulated vehicle. Ownership of the D class trams has now passed to Yarra Trams. Currently 38 D1 and 21 D2 section vehicles are in service.
The five C2 class trams are another low floor tram, introduced in 2008 after hired from Mulhouse in France. They have been dubbed 'bumblebees' due to their distinctive yellow colour, and run on route 96
Picture added on 19 November 2008