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Old July 3rd, 2015, 10:13 PM   #1161
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A few tram shots at Deansgate Castlefield and MediaCityUK from my afternoon out.

DSC_6668 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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My camera hasn't missed the PIDS on this one, it has just gone off as the tram rolled in.

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The drivers of these 2 were having a chat.

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Stacks of sedum trays waiting to be installed.

P1060748 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All looking quite neat now.

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Two views from the unlit footbridge.

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DSC_6693 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6695 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6708 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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DSC_6714 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Harbour City and now off home before my off peak train ticket expires.

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Old July 4th, 2015, 06:14 PM   #1162
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Old July 4th, 2015, 10:46 PM   #1163
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# Yes I'm normally with Jaga in trying to emphasise the positive aspects of Metrolink, but in terms of vandalism that one takes the biscuit. I wonder if the opening-up of the unlit footpaths, late at night have given ne'er-do-wells more intimate access to the infrastructure under cover of darkness?

There has been a fair bit of similar activity around Edge Lane this last week. The other evening some kids were smashing and breaking off the cover of the ticket reader. I phoned Metrolink pdq and asked the control room to look at CCTV, after which there has been more of a police presence. Moreover, the full station lighting has now re-appeared, half the stop having been in darkness since before Xmas . . .

# Anyway, back to optimism and positivity. A big part of my enthusiasm has always been the regeneration and amelioration of landscape and streetscape surroundings as a result of a tramline going through. This has been particularly true in Oldham, where many of the immediate surrounds had been getting seriously decrepit over the years. A couple of years on though, with the line settled down the urban alignment is beginning to look quite decent (- apologies for poor light in some of these shots - the Sun chose that particular moment to do one) :-









I hope one day someone will do something about the poor old Grand Theatre . . .



Mumps as an area had gone particularly downhill prior to Metrolink, but now seems set for a major regeneration, hopefully involving the magnificent former bank. An early portent of good things to come is often the opening of a coffee shop or suchlike to serve the tram station, where there had been none in recent years. This has happened in a whole variety of places and I am compiling an appendix of them for my 'historical' project. A particularly attractive one called 'KAVA' has opened at Mumps in advance of the regeneration project :-



I'm glad they're saving these two nice buildings - more or less everything else has gone :-





The view from inside the café :-



(We must have been thereabouts at the same time on Friday Andrew - amazing how we so often coincide but never meet!) :-







Demolition of the derelict property is now well under way, fenced off by a couple of posters visualising the future :-



Looking South, Marks will be on the site of the current Park and Ride, which will move to the back of the KAVA café as shown here. Is something happening on the old rail/temporary tram alignment? :-



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Old July 5th, 2015, 01:23 PM   #1164
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A not so often seen on here..Rochdale one of the newer lines....

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Old July 6th, 2015, 10:06 AM   #1165
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More on Wythenshawe Interchange progress:

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The first photo showing the new entrance to the station

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Grass ready to grow

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more foliage

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I love how much landscaping has gone into this station

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Near the "superloo"

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Bike Loops

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Travelshop and topiary in the background

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Sorry about the fence

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Stairs and Benches

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With no trams running its very quiet

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Old July 6th, 2015, 08:12 PM   #1166
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Wythenshawe IC looking very good indeed.
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Old July 7th, 2015, 11:30 AM   #1167
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2CC Update...

Once again the photos reflect the vast amount of work being undertaken in the City Centre...

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Quick SCC Update

I wanted to post these last night but had computer issues.

The clearing of the track at the bottom of the GMEX viaduct is progressing well




I think this is the section of track that used to have an OHLE pole in the middle


Other than the removal of the paving stones, not much obvious has happened at the old platform


The old lines have gone at the other end of SPS


And a new section of track is being concreted in


As mentioned, the first section of the new Exchange Quay platform is now in place. It's a different construction to that I've seen on other parts of the network. A single pre-fab block for the entire platform width.


It's also worth noting that most of the alignment for the SCC is now under metrolink possession though works are largely just moving of utilities at the moment.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 07:00 PM   #1168
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Huge boring machine set to arrive at Farnworth tunnels site as work gathers pace...

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/..._gathers_pace/
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Old July 9th, 2015, 11:57 AM   #1169
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JDR at Victoria...

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The trouble is, if Platform D came into use for outbound trams just now, it would do away with cross-platform interchange between Bury <> Rochdale lines . . . when the Airport comes along there may be another way, but I better not go there again . . .

Anyway, I very much like the way the Hansel & Gretel is coming along - I can almost smell the gingerbread!! :-



Well to my great chagrin the pool table has gone, but I don't think the buffet is too bad, TrainG? There's only a couple of bandits in inconspicuous places, and it has an old stove . . .



. . . a bureau, valises, a grandfather clock, and a map! I think the present furniture is only temporary as they are still working in there :-







And not forgetting the piano. I can vamp the first few bars of "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and the overture to Follies by Stephen Sondheim ("Beautiful Girls") but not much else without the dots . . .



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Old July 9th, 2015, 08:53 PM   #1170
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Living Wall takes shape...

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Living wall progressing and bridge now completely un-covered of its scaffold



Steps at the First Street end now have the first landing tiled and the base of the bottom flight of steps concreted in
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:52 AM   #1171
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SPS...

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I think this picture sums up perfectly the construction going on across Manchester city centre ATM.

St Peter's Square, Metrolink 2nd city centre crossing, St Peter's Square redevelopment, No2 St Peter's Square.(to the right of the picture)

6th of July.

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Old July 10th, 2015, 12:32 PM   #1172
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More on 2CC:

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For anyone who doesn't look on Main Metrolink thread here link of picture that I took down at St Peter Square but nothing new to what J616s took.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=39434

Couple of picture of 2CC work that I took today.

Not much you can take of work going on-on Cross st is there.




Work still going on at bottom of Arndale shopping centre.



Bit early for X-mas lights.






But probably big news for 2CC line is that Exchange Square stop have started getting platform base and maybe in two weeks time we will have Metrolink platform here?




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Some photos along the St Peters Square worksite and a few on the Exchange Square/Victoria end of 2CC.

Mosley Street where they are still removing the old track base preparatory to building a new slab.

P1130144 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130145 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

First bit of new track.

P1130150 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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As mentioned by j616s new kerbs are being laid at Princess Street. I can only think that given the timescale for the single line the council have insisted on a proper job.

P1130155 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Preparing to close the gap in the new track.

P1130162 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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The rail stockpile in the old stop.

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On Lower Mosley Street they are still breaking out the old track base.

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Over on Corporation Street as we have seen things move on between Exchange Square and Victoria.

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P1130237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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The final section of track slab across Todd Street

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Some deep hand excavation near City Buildings with a lot of cabling exposed.

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Also a few Deansgate Castlefield shots to bolster those already posted. I'll let the first few photos speak for themselves.

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The base of the lower section of the stairs is concreted in now as j616s has pointed out.

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The first landing tiled.

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They seem to be preparing to install the second landing as well.

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Old July 12th, 2015, 05:41 PM   #1175
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Some photos along the St Peters Square worksite and a few on the Exchange Square/Victoria end of 2CC.

Mosley Street where they are still removing the old track base preparatory to building a new slab.

P1130144 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130145 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

First bit of new track.

P1130150 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130153 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As mentioned by j616s new kerbs are being laid at Princess Street. I can only think that given the timescale for the single line the council have insisted on a proper job.

P1130155 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130156 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130160 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Preparing to close the gap in the new track.

P1130162 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130166 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rail stockpile in the old stop.

P1130164 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street they are still breaking out the old track base.

P1130170 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130174 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130178 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on Corporation Street as we have seen things move on between Exchange Square and Victoria.

P1130228 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130231 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130233 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130235 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The final section of track slab across Todd Street

P1130244 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130246 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some deep hand excavation near City Buildings with a lot of cabling exposed.

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Took from Northern Rail train.



Nice to see signage at Piccadilly mention Rochdale town centre but I feel it should say "trams to Oldham & Rochdale" (or Rochdale via Oldham)



And for somereason I always seen to catch this tram when I'm on ORL.



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From Rochdale Online:

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Rochdale station subway re-opens after 36 years
10 July 2015







The abandoned subway at Rochdale Train Station was re-opened today (Friday 10 July) after 36 years.

In attendance as the subway was re-opened at the official ceremony were members of Rochdale Council, National Rail and the rail group STORM.

The subway is a shortcut from the car park at the back of the station on Miall Street, to the station on Station Road, cutting out the 200-metre walk people previously had to do to access the station

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Old July 12th, 2015, 09:42 PM   #1178
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I really, really, really love what they are doing to Victoria station. The grand overall roof is how all stations should look!
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Old July 13th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #1179
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Farnworth tunnel progress:
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More of the Exchange Square stop was being craned into place today.



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