Building the W: summary of tenders to the end of March 1924

The table below provides a summary of the tenders received by the M&MTB up to March 1924 for equipment for the new W class tram. Further equipment would have been purchased during 1924 to 1926. Amounts do show some variance with those in the M&MTB document Summary of Materials purchased under special contracts 1919 to 1969 as the latter would be based on the final contract values after adjustments.

Sources

Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board, Summary of Materials purchased under special contracts 1919 to 1969

Public Record Office Victoria, Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board Minutes, Volumes 1 to 4, November 1919 to September 1924, VPRS 7765

 

Tender award or approval date Item Successful tenderer Quantity Unit price Total price Notes
31/5/1923 Air brake equipment Australian General Electric     9,124 Number of sets not given, most likely 60.
14/6/1923 Motors equipments, includes controllers Metropolitan Vickers
30 883
  Spares also purchased.
Australian General Electric 30 881
26/7/1923 Car bodies Holden Body Works of Adelaide 60 1383    
16/8/1923 Car bodies James Moore & Sons of South Melbourne 30 1429    
20/9/1923 Wheel centres Hadfields Australia 500 3/18/3 1,956  
20/9/1923 Axles Commonwealth Steel 250 8/6/7 2,082  
20/9/1923 Tyres Thomsons of Castlemaine 500 3/3 1,575  
4/10/1923 Car blinds R F Benson (agent for the Curtain Supply Co USA) 60 45 2,704 Original tender was for 60 sets; 120 sets actually ordered.
13/12/1923 Bogie trucks Perry Engineering Adelaide 60 149 8,940 Commencing January 1924 then at rate of 4 per week.
20/12/1923 Motors/controllers Australian General Electric 30 882   Follow on from current order at 10-15 per week. Price includes duty.
Metropolitan Vickers 20 883   Commence in 20 weeks, then 2 per week. Price includes duty.
English Electric 10 855   Locally made. Commence in 10 months then 6-8 per week. Price includes duty.
20/12/1923 Air brake equipment Australian General Electric (compressors and air tanks) 60 134 8,052 Spares also purchased. Prices include duty.
Matthew Coates, agent for Westinghouse (brake valves, handles, drain cocks and safety valves, etc) 60 20 1,199
27/3/1924 Motors/controllers Australian General Electric 35 889 53,183 Revision of 20/12/1924 recommendation. Prices include duty.
Metropolitan Vickers 25 883
27/3/1924 Chief Engineer advises of faulty Metropolitan Vickers controllers, seeks approval for GE K35JJ Australian General Electric     2,263 2,990 was to be deducted from the Metropolitan Vickers contract.