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Old February 4th, 2015, 11:09 PM   #761
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I think there's only one true question - just how boring is this machine?
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Old February 4th, 2015, 11:24 PM   #762
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I think there's only one true question - just how boring is this machine?
Or just better to call it tunneling shield. I saw it boring, but simple
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Old February 5th, 2015, 05:32 PM   #763
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Some more historic photos:

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Before and after at St Peters Square and Lower Mosley Street.

St Peters Square

1991

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2009

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2015

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Lower Mosley Street

1990

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1991

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2012

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2015

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Old February 5th, 2015, 07:10 PM   #764
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Potential industrial action affecting Metrolink services
05 February 2015

Metrolink operator, RATP Dev Ltd (MRDL), has informed Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) that Unite members have threatened to stage industrial action on Metrolink on Wednesday 11 February.

This date coincides with a home game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Burnley.

MRDL are now working to resolve this situation and minimise any potential impact on passengers – if no resolution can be reached
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Old February 6th, 2015, 12:10 PM   #765
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Exchange Sq stop will be perfect for football fans and shoppers...

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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:11 PM   #766
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Metrolink service plans during major transformation of St Peterís Square stop
06 February 2015


View from junction of Mosley Street and Princess Street towards the Town Hall and relocated Cenotaph

Metrolink services will continue to run across the city during the upcoming closure of St Peterís Square tram stop, under plans agreed today.

Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGM) considered several options before agreeing tram service patterns while the popular city centre stop is completely rebuilt as part of the major Metrolink Second City Crossing programme.

Work is due to start this summer to move the St Peterís Square stop closer to the Art Gallery, allowing room for greater public space as part of Manchester City Councilís flagship redevelopment of the square.

The expanded stop will have two new island platforms and four sets of new track, meaning more trams and more frequent services can run through the city.

During the 14-month work programme, the stop will be closed but trams will continue to run on a single line through the square for 10 months, minimising disruption for passengers by keeping services running through the city.

There will be two eight-week periods Ė during the quieter summer period either side of the single line running Ė when all tram services through St Peterís Square will be temporarily suspended.

The following services will run on a single line through St Peterís Square from September 2015 to June 2016.
  • Altrincham to Piccadilly, 12-minute service with double trams
  • Altrincham to Cornbrook, 12-minute service with single trams
  • Bury to Piccadilly, 12-minute service with single trams
  • Bury to East Didsbury, 12-minute service with double trams
  • Eccles-MediaCityUK to Deansgate-Castlefield, 12-minute service with double trams
  • Rochdale to Ashton-Under-Lyne, 12-minute service with single and double trams
  • Manchester Airport to Cornbrook, 12-minute service with single trams
Plans are also currently being developed for replacement bus services during the stop closure to ensure good access to the city.
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Old February 7th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #767
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Found this historic video about Victoria:

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Old February 7th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #768
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More on new fourth platform at Manchester Airport station:

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New railway station platform

Because the Metrolink Lift was being refurbished an alternative route through the Network Rail station was made available providing a first glimpse of the works in progress.






The entrance/exit will only be opened in emergencies.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 12:57 AM   #769
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Snow one week lovely sunsets the next!
Droylsden Library with 3014 + 3036 looking towards Manchester with a Bury to Ashton service both shots
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Old February 8th, 2015, 02:33 PM   #770
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Can anybody tell me the total number of active rail stations in Greater Manchester now? Including both Metrolink and mainline rail?

First to do so wins a prize.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 02:40 PM   #771
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On the Right lines at Victoria....

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Here some picture that I took today at Victoria station.

Two poster at Freehold stop talking about upcoming Improvement work at Victoria.





Metrolink tracks near Cheetham Hill road bridge look complete now.





I guess these are bags of stones waiting to be put down on Metrolink side of tracks.



Work continued to near new Victoria platform.



As I mention on Main Metrolink thread PIDS are switch on-on Victoria platform.





Hard to take picture of looking down at Victoria platform with these cover going over stairs.



Nice to see them getting on with tracks heading outside Victoria station.






I guess this going to be new doorway at Victoria station?



Couple of pics outside Victoria station.






Nice to see tickets barriers at Victoria station and hopefully they be working next time I visit Victoria station.





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Old February 8th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #772
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More on Deansgate-Castlefield station upgrade:

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2 pics of platform sections being lifted into place this afternoon at Deansgate Castlefield. I can't remember how long the other platform took to construct but this one appears to be flying along. I look forward to seeing the progress up close on Monday.

[img]IMG_0019 by s_maciej, on FlickrIMG_0018 by s_maciej, on Flickr[/img]
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Couple of update of 2CC line that took today.

Just think in six months time there be tracks and even overhead wires running this bit.





Exchange Square Metrolink stop will be.



As you can see it look like they going to be starting to put tracks down here possible by end of this month.



Not great photo but it look like first half of track on Corporation St is set to complete so wonder if they going to start on other side of road soon?



2CC line come to end of 1CC line.



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Can anybody tell me the total number of active rail stations in Greater Manchester now? Including both Metrolink and mainline rail?

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I know Metrolink have 92 stations since Manchester Airport line opened back in November 2014, if Wiki is right then the is 91 railway stations across Greater Manchester area so that work out to 183 but I could be wrong on railway stations.
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Manchester Airport station reopens after work to build a fourth platform is completed
Monday 9 Feb 2015

Manchester Airport station has reopened after work to install track and signalling as part of the new fourth platform was completed.

Network Rail completed the essential upgrade - which will allow extra services to call at the airport and provide passengers with better access from across the north of England – over the weekend and reopened the station this morning (9 February).

It is the latest stage of improvements to be completed as part of a £1bn+ investment in the railway in the north of England.

The fourth platform will provide greater capacity and flexibility at the station which will contribute to a better, more reliable railway with better connections to the airport. It is due to be brought into use in May 2015

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From TfGM (officialTfGM) on Twitter:



You can just make out the new outbound platform from this shot, taken from the island platform.
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STRIKE CALLED-OFF



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Two more on Manchester Victoria:

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They could of really gone cheap Viscount and just knocked the old roof down and be done with it! I don't think its a cheap job, once all the floors sre sorted and barriers are gone it will be amazing!

Couple from today.

Watcher if you think the wires are close to 6 go to the end of platform 3. No zoom required.







General views from today.











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Not again, beaten to the punch by Tony this time. Taken this morning (10/02/2015)

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RIP old Oldham route:

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Slight off topic but I notice to where 3A line use to end at Werneth and Mumps they now put metal fences going across it, amazing to think just over year ago trams have just stop running here and begin running through Oldham Town Centre.



3062+3093 tram.




If I was stood more further up Edward Street this picture will probably look more better then it is.




I wonder what's next
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More from Victoria...

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As the two projects are under different contractors. Morgan Sindall working for Network Rail are responsible for Victoria and all the junction work between 1CC and 2CC some sections of the work will be done in parallel.

The junction point work between the 2 routes is pretty much in place under Victoria roof and is due to be completed over the forthcoming blockade. This photo was taken on Monday 2nd February.

P1090346b by sghyde, on Flickr

The north end point work was also well advanced last week. Once the next week's work is completed (hopefully on time) the only trackwork for Morgan Sindall to complete will be the short section of 2CC double track plain line at Long Millgate which they should be able to construct without possessions.

P1090310 by sghyde, on Flickr

They have almost a week's complete possession to reconstruct the double track section of 1CC across Long Millgate and Corporation Street to link up with the existing track at the top of Balloon Street.

MPT are responsible for the short section of double track between the bottom of Balloon Street and Exchange Square/Market Street which comprises the first stage of 2CC subject to the timescales Watcher is talking about. I think that given they have only been working for just over a month and have almost half of the westbound line in place the work is going quite well. Once the section between Balloon Street and Withy Grove is finished they have a clear worksite with no traffic to deal with.

One item that may be a time critical thing is the installation of OLE building fixings on the City Building at the corner of Corporation Street and Todd Street. The building is completely covered in scaffolding which would make their installation difficult. It may be that it becomes necessary to provide temporary poles on above ground concrete bases initially, like those on Mosley Street in St Peters Square.

Fingers crossed they finish on time.
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Freel07 has been out and about with his camera to a newer part of the Metrolink network...

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I took a trip up to Rochdale earlier for the first time in a while.

At Mumps I see that ground investigation works at the Oldham Way end of the old line have started presumably as part of the proposed new development.

P1090660 by sghyde, on Flickr

Up at Rochdale Station work has definitely started on the subway refurbishment. They have started demolition of some of the cast iron and glass grid over the entrance on Miall Street.

I'm not sure whether the 'Fall Pac' bags are to protect the guys working above in case of falling through or not.

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In the 3rd shot you can just see one of the contractors working up above the subway.

On Drake Street there were 2 Volker Rail chaps cleaning out the points and using a vacuum cleaner to get the debris out.

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There also seems to have been a little excavation at the bottom of High Level Road which seems to be associated with a TMS loop.

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A few general tram shots from today's little trip out north.

Oldham King Street

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Rochdale Station

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Maclure Road Rochdale

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and the Station stop again

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Maclure Road Drake Street junction Rochdale.

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Drake Street Rochdale

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P1090626 by sghyde, on Flickr

Rochdale Town Centre

P1090633 by sghyde, on Flickr

Or should it now be Rochdale Market?

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P1090653 by sghyde, on Flickr

Back to Oldham

3087 leaving Mumps

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P1090662 by sghyde, on Flickr

Union Street Oldham

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P1090681 by sghyde, on Flickr

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