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Old December 16th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #26341
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Think we may be terminating at Victoria due to graffiti being on the tram.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 10:23 AM   #26342
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Continuing to Shaw now, tram to be taken out of service up there. Presumably mashing use of the spare tram up there.

Sitting behind drivers can so can hear his discussion with control room
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Old December 16th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #26343
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graffiti being on the tram.
Yep, noticed that as it passed me heading to Shaw :/
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:01 AM   #26344
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Is that a mobility scooter I see!
I thought that. Aren't they banned fro platforms and tram?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #26345
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Think we may be terminating at Victoria due to graffiti being on the tram.
How what why????
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #26346
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How what why????
Ran through in the end, thru don't like graffiti on trams in service clearly.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #26347
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The mayor looked really peed off, he just shouted 'O yeah' and the door of the returning tram closed.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #26348
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3029 just been taken out of service at Victoria brought in to northbound platform 3003 waiting in other platform to take passengers south
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #26349
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Ran through in the end, thru don't like graffiti on trams in service clearly.
But who has graffitied a tram in service? And how?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #26350
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Went into service with graffiti, driver was called at Trafford Bar, someone had spotted it at OT depot, he checked at SPS and discussed what to do with the control room as far as Victoria. Don't think it went back to Manchester in service.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #26351
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No Ampersand is just a Roman abbreviation that continued into English, combining the roman letters e and t (et latin for and) into one letter. It doesnt have any grammatical use other than a sylistic flourish.
Thank you for the lesson. It still looks different than the letters 'and' and is therefore a good option if you need to use both in the same phrase.

As for the signage, if they have adopted 'Shaw and Crompton' on the destination blinds and stop signs then the SPS and other directional messages would better read "...& Shaw and Crompton". Personally, I think Shaw & Crompton looks better.

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Old December 16th, 2012, 12:47 PM   #26352
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The mayor looked really peed off, he just shouted 'O yeah' and the door of the returning tram closed.
That's the Town Crier of Shaw and Crompton rather than mayor, unless the Mayor of Oldham is also there? The mobility scooter is probably that belonging to the town crier's wife. Some useless trivia there for all.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #26353
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Just boarded a double doing Picc - Bury (today?) and heading to Victoria for the... Um.. "Shaw via Oldham" service!
Got my return tickets to... Um? Metrolink zone J...
#facepalm #faredodger
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #26354
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I didn't realise the bay platform continued a tram length on as a siding, for that is where 3035 stands "Not in Service" and "see tram front is on Shaw's PIDS.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #26355
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ORL

At Shaw and Crompton approx 11-45am today -- 3041 (right) 3059 (left) also 3056 was behind 3059 and 3035 was behind 3041 :-

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At Shaw and Crompton approx 11-45am today -- 3041 (right) 3059 (left) also 3056 was behind 3059 and 3035 was behind 3041 :-
Busy scene at Shaw then!
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:47 PM   #26357
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Tan tan tara! Zing! Boom!

The Town Crier rang his Bell and cried :

“Make way for the first ever pear-shaped banana 3001 coming up the slope from Old Trafford depot into Trafford Bar, displaying the first ever journey to Shaw & Crompton . . . “



Well I don’t know, you cut short your Saturday night, you’re into your jim-jams and horlicks by 11 pm, and up and away to Trafford Bar at 5 am on a Sunday just to get a pic of the first ever departure, and what do you get? - the driver doesn’t know how to set the destination for Shaw (even though in the cab with him is a very important French gentleman who is the supreme Chargé d’Affaires, not only of RATP but of Metrolink itself!) - until someone gets on at Queen’s Road to show him how to do it, that’s what!!

Anyway, at least we managed to get the first ever ticket, and the destination was sorted after that :-



By the time we got to Derker Freel was smiling! :-



The new system for ‘via’ indications is:

# Northbound, leaves St Werburgh’s showing Shaw via Oldham
At Mumps, this changes to Shaw simpliciter.

# Southbound, leaves Shaw showing St Werburgh’s Road via Oldham
At Mumps, this changes to St Werburgh’s Road via Victoria
At Victoria, this changes to St Werburgh’s Road

Two changes on the one journey – impressive!













Welcome one and all at last! - it's been a long 3 + years coming . . .



Decent breakfast in the Shay Wake about 9am - amazing how many people are wrapping themselves around pints of lager and vodka & coke at that time on a Sunday morning!!

more later, going back to bed for now!! . . .

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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #26358
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There is sooo much I want to report! But I don't want to spam the thread. Sorry if I am. I'll just say for now that I was right on one count: via Oldham does indeed become Via Victoria and vanishes altogether the other way. I'm shaking my head at "This is a Shaw service, the next stop will be Shaw and Crompton, where this service terminates.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #26359
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Busy scene at Shaw then!
Yes it was, 3059 & 3056 didn't have anything on their destination blinds and
3035 had 'Not in Service'
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #26360
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Great day for it, warm and sunny, loads of people everywhere. Great to see all network maps, ticket machines, displays and announcements up to date and lots of normal non-enthusiast people getting on and off at Derker and here at Shaw am Persand. That last stretch in open country with a view out the front is lovely. Big station feel at the end, with the bay platform and 3 spare bananas waiting. Congrats to the early risers, I'm just glad to be here to see it working!
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