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Old August 18th, 2015, 09:34 PM   #1281
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To add to those already posted by j616s here are a few of my own Deansgate Castlefield shots from today.

At the First Street end

P1130558 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first few paving slabs laid, quite a few more had been laid by the time I left. The guy on the near landing was polishing the glass!

P1130592 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130602 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now the Deansgate end with the lift tower complete with lift, and living wall.

P1130561 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Look closely, even part of the lift winding gear is green

P1130622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving on the corner of Deansgate.

P1130623 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I admit to a bit of trainspotting as well.

P1130595 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130604 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130607 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Meanwhile back to Metrolink matters.

Still not sure whether these are planters or not.

P1130612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The glass wall is looking good now with just a few panels to fit. It snot too easy to photograph with all the trees along Whitworth Street west.

P1130577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Easier from the footbridge though.

P1130621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What I did notice was these LED strips above and below the glass which will illuminate the screen.

P1130616 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130618 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trams and vegetation.

P1130634 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130635 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130636 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130639 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130641 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old August 19th, 2015, 08:56 AM   #1282
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The glass wall is looking good now with just a few panels to fit. It snot too easy to photograph with all the trees along Whitworth Street west.
I think there's a decent angle from the pedestrian island when crossing Whitworth Street by the City Inn (at the First Street end).
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Old August 20th, 2015, 10:41 AM   #1283
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Ta Dah !!...

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As po8crg mentioned yesterday, the First Street steps are now open
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- Thanks for the tip! I managed to get some quick photos this morning before I make myself late for work.

There are still some finishing touches to the pavement area to be made
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For those of us without a head for heights, it didn't seem too scary at the top of the stairs!
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Old August 20th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #1284
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Quick DC Update

Just a quick one from me to add to the Jaga's post.

The green wall steps are pretty much done. Workers were carefully patching up the hand-rails with spray paint this morning protecting the glass with thick card. There's a small scaffold platform up at the bottom of the steps which looks like it might be to fill in the large section of green wall at the bottom (though I might be wrong). The flags are still to be cut in at the bottom of the steps. The temporary doors put in front of the lift doors at the bottom have been removed. That plus the movement of the lift seen over the past few weeks may suggest commissioning of it is complete/near completion. There's a few broken glass panels at the top that need replacing and one of the glass panels on the roof has yet to be installed. But the fact things are in the finishing stage suggests things are very much nearing completion on this part of the stop.


Even more glass panels have gone in on the outer edge of the glass wall including most of the stop name/logo at the Deansgate end.


As a flooring contractors son, one thing I can say I'm really happy about is the use of solid metal nosings on the new steps. The ones with the vinyl inserts seen at stops like Cornbrook really aren't made for the footfall they receive which has resulted in many of them coming loose, inserts falling out and looking worse-for-wear. The solid metal ones on the new Deansgate steps should stay functional and looking good for far longer.
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Old August 20th, 2015, 10:47 PM   #1285
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A couple of extras - not much change :-







This last little bit seems to have been a bit more troublesome than then rest, but looks just about ready for trackbase now. Will it open before Xmas? :-



Perhaps the tracks will go either side of this pole . . . ?



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Old August 20th, 2015, 10:51 PM   #1286
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Panorama of Victoria station:

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A panorama, taken on 18/08/2015, bit amateurish of me to get the wood panels in but in a rush.

Some of the outside panels actually look like that had a lick of paint, only about 4 truly rusted ones visible.

WP_20150818_18_31_51_Panorama by DaDukeAbides, on Flickr
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Old August 21st, 2015, 08:32 AM   #1287
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At the Hale station:

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The Hale Station CIS is now operational, complete with Digital Doris announcements of delays.









The hinged CCTV masts have also been installed.



All that is needed now is some better trains!

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Old August 21st, 2015, 09:30 PM   #1288
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Official from TfGM:

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Bolton interchange reaches key milestone
21 August 2015



​The shape of things to come for Bolton’s residents is being built at the town’s new interchange site.

Work has now started on the pre-cast concrete support structure that, when complete, will support the bus roadway and passenger concourse building. Sections of the frame are being lifted into place using a large crane situated on site.

To date, TfGM’s contractor Kier Construction have completed a number of important groundworks, including the installation of 1002 concrete piles which will support the interchange. The piles have a combined length of 14.7km, equivalent to the length of 1152 single decker buses, while the 4016 cubic metres of concrete used was enough to fill 33 double decker buses

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Old August 21st, 2015, 09:33 PM   #1289
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Old August 21st, 2015, 09:34 PM   #1290
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Supports for the stop at Exchange Square were being craned into place today.







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Old August 22nd, 2015, 08:34 AM   #1291
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Just for fun:

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I see 3102 is running solo today and lucky for me this was tram I call coming back from Newbold on.





I see Smart card reader screen on Newbold (and look like Kingsway) have been smashes, surpriserly ticket machine screen at Newbold is fine which you would think people will smashes it more then Smart Card reader ones.



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Old August 22nd, 2015, 08:48 AM   #1292
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More on Farnworth tunnel reboring, uploaded on 19th August:
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The new Exchange Sq stop is going to be pretty spectacular once complete and certainly a very large presence in the area.
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 08:13 PM   #1294
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More on Manchester developments:

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DC by night with new signage. Apologies for quality - taken with phone, and I may or may not have imbibed an alcoholic beverage or five.

Thought it looked rather splendid. Then again, as I mentioned above, I may or may not have been completely sober...

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Walked over the footbridge this morning, what a sorry state of affairs.

The tiling is failing all over.....

ON THE STAIRS




ON THE BRIDGE where areas are barriered off


or taped together to stop them rising...




Needless to say the lifts are still being built/commissioned




FFS can't someone bang some heads together!
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Couple of picture of 2CC work outside Victoria station.





Can't be that long until we start seeing tracks down here.





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All Change...


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So the future network is to look like this:



We lose much of the colour and lines are given letters.

Photo taken from Metrolink newsletter.
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What a transformation...

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Just a quick passing shot from to-day :-



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Tunneling Forges Ahead at Farnworth...

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A few from Farnworth. Beautiful day today!

Unfortunately we were not able to enter the tunnel its self, hey ho!

































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Quick SPS Update

Just a few shots of the single line running

Very quickly taken photo of the token on the dash of 3098


Token being handed to 3081


I'm pretty sure the token is the one from victoria. It's the same shape and pretty beaten.

Laminated "Stop and await instructions" sign. Only the best...


And improvised trunking for CCTV cables


As an aside, I spotted this on the Pic Gardens stop
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Old August 28th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #1300
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Here are a selection of shots on the single line this afternoon starting at the south end.

From what I could see and despite Charter's experiences this morning described on the main thread, all seemed to be running quit smoothly. In the main they seemed to be running through in threes. There have been problems at MCUK all day though so perhaps that is the root cause of his delays.

Not so much a convoy more a queue!

P1130891 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the steps near Manchester Central, a Bury bound pair enter the single line.

DSC_6846 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6847 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this the preceding double can be seen in the Square with a southbound set waiting on Mosley Street.

DSC_6849 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The third in this particular flight. I didn't manage a shot of the first set.

DSC_6851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The one in my first shot is still waiting at Oxford Street and 3009 has just got a proceed at Windmill Street. The lights were definitely spacing trams out. We shall see more on this later.

DSC_6853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The token hut.

DSC_6855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A southbound flight begins to appear. First an Eccles set.

DSC_6860 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then an Altrincham.

DSC_6863 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

which passes a waiting Piccadilly tram on the ramp.

DSC_6866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The third in the flight, an East Didsbury set stops to hand the token over as 3096 waits to be shown it.

DSC_6872 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The token handler crosses over the deal with 3096.

DSC_6874 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6876 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the pedestrian crossing near Windmill Street.

DSC_6878 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6880 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6889 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6899 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A long distance shot up Mosley Street from Windmill Street with two trams crossing.

P1130897 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'll split these up for easier viewing I think.

More to follow....
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