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Old April 20th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #981
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We start another busy week with Metrolink Upgrades and Works...

Deansgate Castlefield...

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First pour has taken place at the top of the new city end steps


A little kink has been added to the fencing at this end of the new platform too to allow work to continue pouring the final footpath slab


Tiling is practically done at the other end of the new platform


And, strangely, that signal Freel saw attached to the pole by the location of the yet-to-exist new lift has been removed


Again, I'm unsure when it happened but this section of metal-plating has been painted and railings have been added just to the left to bring the wall up to height. It's metal railing painted the same colour as the other darker coloured metal work on the platforms. No glass.


Not really visible but the same railings have been added to the next section of wall along too. The step access at this end has also been blocked for some reason I couldn't figure out....


There was also the very definite sound of sand-blasting from exhibition bridge and a few people doing something on its steps.
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Victoria`s Amazing Roof...

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Popped round there today. Took quite a few pictures, so here`s some of them.















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Old April 22nd, 2015, 07:35 PM   #983
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"Live tram information on the way for Bury line as testing begins"...

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Live Metrolink service information is on the way for Bury passengers in coming months, as testing started at stops along the line today.

Test messages are now showing on the electronic live information displays at some stops along the Bury line, as part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) roll out of a new tram management system.

The stop displays are one part of the new tram management system, which is already in up and running on the new-build Metrolink lines and part of the Altrincham line.

The new operating system is a vast improvement on the older, more inflexible rail-industry signalised system. It gives Metrolink much more control and flexibility in how it runs tram services and means the operator can better manage trams for major events and respond better to any incidents on the line.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director for TfGM, said: “We’re looking to get real time information to stops on the Bury line as soon as possible but this takes a lot of work both on the ground and behind the scenes.

“We’re rolling out the new tram management system to the older tram lines in phases so as to limit disruption to our customers, but it’s great to see test messages now live at Bury stops.

“The new system will mean a number of improvements to services, the first and most visible being live service information on display at stops.”

The real time information displays are part of a suite of improvements to Metrolink customer information, including enhancements to on-stop and on-tram announcements.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 12:31 PM   #984
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Freel07 Has been out and about again on Metrolink...

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I took a trip up to Rochdale today with the idea of finding out how the refurbishment of the subway through to Miall Street was progressing.

I can't say I was particularly successful as the photos show. The entrance is completely screened off like the bridge at Deansgate Castlefield. What I did notice was there was a strong smell of paint so I reckon they must be applying either finishes or some protective coating on the remaining steelwork.

P1110257 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110258 by sghyde, on Flickr

There is a copy of the work description fastened on the compound fence, the work was supposed to last 16 weeks from start which would take it just into June I reckon.

P1110260 by sghyde, on Flickr

Following this aborted visit I went back to Shaw to look at the new car park as photographed by ro2bapurdie recently. Today the Boys from the Black Stuff were busy on site surfacing the car park.

P1110231 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110233 by sghyde, on Flickr

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My photographic excursion on ORL also included a few tram shots in Oldham, Shaw and Rochdale taking advantage of the sunshine.

A very dirty 3060 on Union Street Oldham

DSC_6381 by sghyde, on Flickr

Somewhat cleaner 3065 couple to 3079 approach Oldham Central.

DSC_6384 by sghyde, on Flickr

DSC_6390 by sghyde, on Flickr

3028 and 3005 pass towards Oldham Mumps

DSC_6397 by sghyde, on Flickr

3091 and 3089 climb from Rhodes Bank towards Oldham Central

DSC_6404 by sghyde, on Flickr

At Mumps 3084 passes 3008 and 3035

DSC_6412 by sghyde, on Flickr

At Shaw 3049 and 3027 bring a good number of alighting passengers.

P1110227 by sghyde, on Flickr

3005 and 3028 head south towards Derker.

DSC_6426 by sghyde, on Flickr

DSC_6427 by sghyde, on Flickr

and 3025 running singly approaches Shaw and Crompton stop.

DSC_6422 by sghyde, on Flickr

In Rochdale we see 3006 climbing High Level road.

DSC_6434 by sghyde, on Flickr

3012 climbs Drake Street

DSC_6446 by sghyde, on Flickr

and shortly after 3014 and 3039 descend to the Town Centre.

DSC_6451 by sghyde, on Flickr

DSC_6456 by sghyde, on Flickr

Finally back in Oldham on John Street bridge looking down to Manchester Street roundabout.

3052 climbs up to King Street

DSC_6462 by sghyde, on Flickr

3054 and 3081 descend to the roundabout

DSC_6465 by sghyde, on Flickr

and mucky duck 3060 appears again.

DSC_6475 by sghyde, on Flickr
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 09:35 PM   #985
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Freel07 Has been out and about again on Metrolink...
Apologies WingTips I forgot to repost these on here last night
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 09:38 PM   #986
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Lol we have all enjoyed your photographs today.
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Wi-Fi to be installed on First Manchester Buses...

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Looks like First Manchester are starting to install free Wi-Fi on to all of their fleet of buses, as this message was displayed when accessing first-wifi on board (Wi-Fi currently available on some buses in Bolton and Oldham).

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Old April 24th, 2015, 05:57 PM   #988
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Lol we have all enjoyed your photographs today.
Thanks WingTips and in an effort to put things right today should see a few more posted as I have been out again!

First set here now.

A quick look at work at Victoria this morning.

More glass going in the entrance openings.

Long Millgate

P1110398 by sghyde, on Flickr

Station Approach

P1110399 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110400 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110403 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110405 by sghyde, on Flickr

Still working on the other platform

P1110439 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110441 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110440 by sghyde, on Flickr

I tried to see what the work over the weekend on the junction might have been but I can't really see anything although some of the rail fastenings on the diamond do look a lot newer than the rest.

P1110431 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110431a by sghyde, on Flickr

and there is evidence of some concrete having been chased out on the trailing points used by outbound trams. I think this may be to allow the point machine to be fitted as usually there is a small void needed.

P1110432 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110432a by sghyde, on Flickr
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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #989
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A short update from Stage 1 of 2CC today

At the Victoria end of the job the concrete slab for the outbound line has been laid with reinforcement in place ready for rails.

P1110393 by sghyde, on Flickr

This shows the alignment in relation to City Buildings.

P1110501 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110495 by sghyde, on Flickr

Outside the football museum more new concrete

P1110496 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110498 by sghyde, on Flickr

There is a short gap where Todd Street joins Corporation street which will probably need a closure.

P1110499 by sghyde, on Flickr

At Withy Grove consolidation of the ground has been done ready for the next stage.

P1110500 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110503 by sghyde, on Flickr

The concrete sub-base for the island platform has been cast.

P1110506 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110508 by sghyde, on Flickr

When I was last down there this was just a large hole in the ground. Now we have what looks like a large drainage chamber. I wonder whether this is one of the unexpected services they found.

P1110511 by sghyde, on Flickr

Not much else has moved on at this end.
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The other end of 2CC now in the St Peters Square area.

At the other end of the 2CC job work is in progress on preparing the track bed for the combined outbound line on Lower Mosley Street.

P1110557 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110562 by sghyde, on Flickr

A bit more of the old track exposed as well.

P1110560 by sghyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square it looks as though more waterproofing is being applied to the church crypt slab.

P1110540 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110550 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110536 by sghyde, on Flickr

and work has commenced within the new compound in what was the asphalted area north of the stop.

P1110513 by sghyde, on Flickr

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A tram ride up to Queens Road revealed the testing of the first of the Bury Line PIDS as already mentioned.

P1110476 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110478 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110473 by sghyde, on Flickr

Also visible is the amount of TMS kit being installed.

New TMS signals, PPIs and loops on the depot roads. Also visible are axle counter evaluators.

P1110451 by sghyde, on Flickr

On the left is the new TMS points interface case. It seems this is another location where the existing point machines will be retained and interfaced to TMS.

P1110452 by sghyde, on Flickr

Just in front of 3001 in this shot is the TMS signal protecting the depot junction with its associated TMS loop.

P1110456 by sghyde, on Flickr

In these shots over the depot junction we can see a number of TMS signals, PPIs, loops and SPAS beacons.

P1110466 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110464 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110460 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110475 by sghyde, on Flickr
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Deansgate Castlefield

Some work going on in the corner behind the entrance road opposite the inbound platform. I did hear a while ago that some of the TMS cubicles may be sited in that area.

P1110568 by sghyde, on Flickr

The TMS point controller cabinet at the city end.

P1110571 by sghyde, on Flickr

The new paving at the city end of the new outbound platform along with the steps also paved in the green stone. It was hard to get photos here because of a pile of pallets.

P1110573 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110574 by sghyde, on Flickr

The steel uprights mentioned earlier by j616s

P1110575 by sghyde, on Flickr

The new staircase foundation along with the mass of cable ducting.

P1110577 by sghyde, on Flickr

note the steel plates presumably the anchors for the staircase.

P1110583 by sghyde, on Flickr

The Cornbrook end access to the island platform was closed off and paving work was in progress.

P1110587 by sghyde, on Flickr

Some of the sheeting at the stop end of the bridge had been removed revealing the cleaned steelwork.

P1110582 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110585 by sghyde, on Flickr

I'm not sure what these guys were core drilling the platform edges for, it's unlikely to be handrails in this location. In fact looking again now the holes are too close together for handrail supports, I wonder whether it is simply to provide some keying for the grout under the coping slabs.

P1110603 by sghyde, on Flickr
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During today's photo survey I did also take a few shots of the trams themselves around the various sites I visited. Apologies as this set is rather long. I did split it over on the Metrolink thread.

First off Velopark and Etihad Campus mainly to get some photos of the Bury Etihad service turning back.

But to start with 3095 on the way to Ashton

P1110264 by sghyde, on Flickr

3027 arrives from Bury

P1110276 by sghyde, on Flickr

and quickly turns back into the centre track.

P1110278 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110287 by sghyde, on Flickr

Shortly afterwards these two appear 3084 heading for Ashton and 3092 to Eccles.

P1110290 by sghyde, on Flickr

Down at Etihad Campus 3068 enters the underpass

P1110304 by sghyde, on Flickr

just before 3063 appears Eccles bound.

P1110305 by sghyde, on Flickr

3008 leaves for the turnback

P1110316 by sghyde, on Flickr

Next over to Piccadilly Station Approach

where 3008 and 3052 pass on the curve alongside London Road

P1110329 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110331 by sghyde, on Flickr

Piccadilly Place and 3073 starts the descent to London Road framed in the cherry blossom.

P1110345 by sghyde, on Flickr

3095 and 3080 on Aytoun Street

P1110349 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110353 by sghyde, on Flickr

At Market Street 3036 leaves for Piccadilly. I guess it must be on a Bury to Etihad duty turning short.

P1110374 by sghyde, on Flickr

It very nearly came to grief alongside this security van.

P1110375 by sghyde, on Flickr

Next port of call was Victoria where the first of the unusual destinations was spotted.

3020 and 3024 were turning back at Newton Heath due to the earlier pedestrian accident at South Chadderton.

P1110420 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110424 by sghyde, on Flickr

3012 was on Driver Training

P1110433 by sghyde, on Flickr

Next up to Queens Road mainly to see if the PIDS were working and also to see how TMS installation was progressing.

A view over the depot yard as we were held at signal 44 whilst 3012 set back into the depot.

P1110448 by sghyde, on Flickr

3008 departs for Etihad Campus

P1110471 by sghyde, on Flickr

3034 passes over the junction on the way to Bury. The TMS installation gang are prominent alongside.

P1110487 by sghyde, on Flickr

3055 arrives going to Etihad Campus

P1110493 by sghyde, on Flickr

Back into the City now to St Peters Square and Deansgate Castlefield

3096 approaches St Peters Square heading for East Didsbury. Note the faulty destination indicator, the top of 'East' is missing. It was actually flashing on and off.

P1110520 by sghyde, on Flickr

3020 and 3024 this time running all the way to Rochdale

P1110527 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110528 by sghyde, on Flickr

but 3071 and 3085 are only running to Newton Heath (sorry these Newton Heath displays haven't shown up too well).

P1110514 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1110516 by sghyde, on Flickr

3057 passes 3087 as it runs in to the stop

P1110543 by sghyde, on Flickr

Another Newton Heath short working formed of 3089 and 3091.

P1110554 by sghyde, on Flickr

At Deansgate Castlefield 3095 pulls away as 3047 and 3056 crossover to the temporary outbound platform.

P1110589 by sghyde, on Flickr

The latter depart for Altrincham passing 3025 and 3005 entering the stop

P1110595 by sghyde, on Flickr

3045 arriving from Altrincham

P1110598 by sghyde, on Flickr

3087 arrives outbound as 3045 is ready to leave inbound

P1110600 by sghyde, on Flickr

Enough is enough I guess.
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If Metrolink trains run at street level, at that was the major reason for adopting the system instead of tunnels/heavy subway, then why have they gone for high platforms instead of low-floor trams? Doesn't it quite defy the whole tram-train principle?
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If Metrolink trains run at street level, at that was the major reason for adopting the system instead of tunnels/heavy subway, then why have they gone for high platforms instead of low-floor trams? Doesn't it quite defy the whole tram-train principle?
The history is a bit complex and all related to the availability of funding. The original idea back in the 1970s was to build a cross city underground line to link the north and south rail networks and electrify the systems. This eventually had to be abandoned due to lack of funds.

The next solution explored was a light rail link between the north and south at street level with a branch to Piccadilly Station. This was to link the Bury (north) and Altrincham (south) rail lines and convert them to light rail operation. Once again funding came into play and the money wasn't available to rebuild all the former BR stations with low platforms. This has left a legacy of high platforms and high floor trams. In the UK funding is always a major constraint on these sort of projects and in comparison with many UK cities Manchester has been very fortunate.
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Great round up freel...keep up the good work.!
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Roof of Victoria station:
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First Overhead Electric Train to Arrive at Manchester Victoria

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2150 on Sunday 26th April 2015 saw history being made at Manchester Victoria as 319364 and 319367 arrive ecs from Allerton on the first AC electric train under its own power, to enter the station.



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And from pjm...

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After an adventurous ride in an ex-London ALX400, which happened to terminate at Shudehill (differing from the advertised terminus of Victoria), a walk down Hannover Street granted a spectacular opportunity for a photograph:



You can just make it out on these photographs, but a permanent looking walking gantry has been added above the anchors:



As Freel recorded during the week, more glass has been installed at the east entrance:



The closure of this entrance has provided an opportunity for the woodwork in Cigar Alley to be painted:



Soldiers' Gate has been given a plinth and lights:







Work seems to be progressing gradually on Platform B:



However, lots of effort was concentrated on the points. Did Freel say yesterday that concrete was being removed for the installation of a Points Machine? Or am I making-up rumours?:



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