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Old August 28th, 2015, 10:01 PM   #1301
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Part 2, now moving up the Oxford Street and St Peters Square.

DSC_6911 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6913 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6918 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6921 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6926 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Passing through the Square

DSC_6928 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6929 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The OLE poles sited in the adjacent construction site are protected by scaffold and textile screens.

DSC_6932 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6939 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6942 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princess Street junction now.

DSC_6944 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6949 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Note the guys working on the signal cabinets outside the Art Gallery. They were monitoring the timings through Princess Street.

DSC_6951 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As the first northbound set heads away up Mosley Street and the next passes me, a southbound set waits to enter the single line.

DSC_6955 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound set approaches with another just visible behind crossing Charlotte Street.....

DSC_6959 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_6963 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

the next set approaches with a third behind it.

DSC_6964 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another long distance shot looking south from Princess Street.

P1130921 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Mosley Street token hand over and points.

P1130931 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130934 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The ubiquitous cone re-appears.

P1130940 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130944 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With token in hand the guy crosses over to hand over to the next tram

P1130947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and off we go.

P1130948 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A little tęte a tęte!

P1130950 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

before the journey resumes.

P1130952 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The cone is paced back in the four foot behind 3060.

P1130957 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old August 28th, 2015, 10:01 PM   #1302
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One or two construction related shots from the St Peters Square area.

The interlaced pointwork through Windmill Street.

P1130894 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130899 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The remaining components waiting to be installed.

P1130906 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Something I noticed but failed to get a shot of was a couple of guys working on an electrical distribution board aand generator near the southbound token cabin. This hot of the northbound cabin shos a cable entering through the floor. I wonder if these are a luxury version of the Victoria ones with power for lighting etc.

DSC_6855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I was standing near Windmill Street photographing the goings on I noticed that as every southbound tram passed me there was a noise from the pantographs. Watching one through I noticed I could see the splices between the old and new wires.

DSC_6896 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The headspans attached to the Midland Hotel.

P1130907 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

the cleared track bed ready for the new inbound lines.

P1130908 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The speed limits are slightly higher than the ones used at Victoria.

P1130916 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130909 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old August 28th, 2015, 10:13 PM   #1303
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A quick look at Deansgate Castlefield. Sorry if these duplicate earlier posts but I have been out of the loop for a few days.

Almost all of the gaps in the sedum trays have now been filled.

DSC_6837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130861 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gap is where the expansion switches are located.

DSC_6839 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All 3 platforms in use.

DSC_6844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first time I have seen this since it opened and it looks good.

P1130855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As does this.

P1130856 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130858 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130871 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lets hope this lift opens before Altrincham.

P1130863 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The living wall

P1130866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130869 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

with its irrigation system. You can hopefully just make out the black plastic pipes.

P1130870 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still not sure I like the rusty equipment room even with the name now in place.

P1130877 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The gap in the wall where the entrance onto the old stairs was is now bricked up.

P1130879 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I see the glass wall is actually 'double glazed'

P1130882 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

with the LED strips inside top and bottom between the 2 sets of glass.

P1130883 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old August 28th, 2015, 10:27 PM   #1304
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Now a look at 2CC construction progress.

Not all that clear but the first section of the track slab has been cast up at Long Millgate.

P1130825 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Most of the fencing along Corporation Street has gone although of course the street is still closed.

P1130827 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130829 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Exchange Square platform surface seems to be complete now. A set of precast steps wait to be installed though.

P1130832 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130833 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think the yellow tops to the canopy columns look like electrical insulators, others think Lego blocks.

P1130835 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130839 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Much of the concrete around the crossover has been cast now.

P1130837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130838 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ready for the spring point machine.

P1130841 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Market Street.

P1130844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now looking at the next section from Market Street to Princess Street.

Rail transport has obviously been used for the work in the sewer tunnels in this area.

P1130845 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


As Johnny (I think) said it looks as though the tent outside Cross Street Chapel is ready to be removed.

P1130847 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first section of track slab reinforcement between King Street and Princess Street has been laid.

P1130848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130849 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With more ready to go in.

P1130851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues on Cross Street Princess Street corner.

P1130852 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old August 30th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #1305
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Big thank you to freel and j616 for all the great pics and updates..keep up the good work.
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Old August 31st, 2015, 06:18 AM   #1306
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I can't get over the beauty of the city! Is it just the city centre that is beautiful or other areas as well?
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Old September 1st, 2015, 05:13 PM   #1307
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Electrification works around Deansgate station:
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 12:01 PM   #1308
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Looking again at Freels photographs it gives us all a real insight into the complexities and what must be a logistical nightmare of the improvement being made to the Metrolink system in the City Centre..and the City still has to function as usual.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 05:08 PM   #1309
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I can't get over the beauty of the city! Is it just the city centre that is beautiful or other areas as well?
It's mostly just the city centre, that style of building is present outside of the city centre in patches, and in the orbital towns especially; but for the most part it is just city centre itself. However there are other beautiful aspects to the outer city, just not as many nice old buildings.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 10:36 AM   #1310
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I've just realised these excellent night time pictures taken by Jaga 1920 at Deansgate Castlefield never appeared on here.

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Good work with the pictures Andrew. I was inspired by Priscilla's picture of Deansgate Castlefield to take some of my own. Any poor quality must be blamed on the photographer and not the Briton's Protection!
The last trams arrive and leave Manchester
IMG_0159 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
IMG_0160 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
IMG_0161 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
New signage is lit up
IMG_0162 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
IMG_0163 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
IMG_0166 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
Off topic: Daring to turn my camera around. On the big railway they are also busy
IMG_0167 by Maciej Szymanski, on Flickr
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 10:39 PM   #1311
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"Victoria Station's revamp – by the architect driving Manchester's modern railway revolution"...

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Peter Jenkins - Manchester's Mr Railways - reveals the inside story of the biggest railway investment for more than a century

The man behind the modern railway revolution in Manchester has revealed how his latest triumph - the new Victoria Station - has been a labour of love.

Architect Peter Jenkins is also leading the Northern Hub plans for the Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations - as well as the Ordsall Chord.

His mission is to boost capacity to allow more people to enter and pass through Manchester city centre.

But for Peter, the job is also personal - after growing up in Rochdale and being a regular at Victoria.

He said: “As a teenager I’d come down to Manchester from Rochdale and into Victoria station before they built the arena. It was a pretty dingy station to use. It was tatty, with old roofs.

“As I was growing up I knew the reputation of the station was pretty poor, and as I was training to be an architect it became something that was always on my mind.”

So it could be called fate that the architect director at Building Design Partnership in the city centre has been at the helm of its Ł44m transformation
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Full story...http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....hitect-9976614
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From Railway Gazette:

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Farnworth Tunnel enlargement delayed by poor ground conditions
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UK: ‘Exceptionally poor’ ground conditions have delayed the project to enlarge Farnworth Tunnel to enable electric trains to run between Bolton and Manchester, Network Rail announced on September 4. As a result the completion date has been put back from October 5, ‘possibly until December’.

One of the two single-track bores of the 276 m tunnel dating from 1834 is being enlarged to accommodate double-track and 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification; the other bore is being used to keep trains running, but will be taken out of use once the project is complete.

The bore being enlarged has been filled with 7 500 m3 of foam concrete, which is now being dug out by the UK’s largest tunnel boring machine. Tunnelling started on August 1 and the 9 m diameter TBM was expected to proceed at a rate of 5·6 to 7 m/day

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More bus news in the city:

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I didn't know Arriva 130 (Macc - Picc) was becoming sapphire

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There was a publicity launch in Macclesfield yesterday. Also mentioned in the Facebook post is the 263 being upgraded to Sapphire, albeit not until January 2016.

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More on Victoria:

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More on 2CC - nicy canopy indeed

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Thought I'd better get these up before our more productive friends beat me to it!

( Taken on the phone so maybe not as good as they could be. )

Starting at Victoria and showing that all the tarmac has gone and just how small a gap is left.


The first new canopy at Exchange Square complete with glazing.


These steps are at the Victoria end.


This has a United Utilities contact sign and the sound of running water. It's on Cross Street just towards SPS from the big tent.


Cross Street showing that Victoria bound rails are in place from Albert Square to King Street. Some joints do need welding though.


The cones have been replaced with these at both ends of the single line.


The actual switch at the start of the interleaved section has disappered under this new crossing. I assume that is why no other work appears to have been done on that section.
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The New Exchange Sq Stop A Jewel In The Crown....

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Here are a selection from Metrolink 2CC this afternoon.

The gap between the 2 contracts at Long Millgate is finally being closed.

P1070283 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070284 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070285 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It does look as though the large pole between the 2 lines may have to go unless my judgement on the clearances is wrong. I was told a while ago it was temporary, but it will be interesting to see how they replace it unless the listed City Buildings are deemed stable enough to be fitted with building fixings as originally intended. I can see another temporary pole being erected to get the line up and running.

P1070288 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070289 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070291 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The signal controlled one way traffic system between Todd Street and Withy Grove had got its knickers in a twist as this bendy bus came face to face with a Metroshuttle which had to back up behind the lights.

P1070292 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070294 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070295 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I cannot make out whether the track here is all in place but covered by all this debris. I think it is but can't be sure.

P1070296 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now then, the great yellow shelter structure. I have to say having seen it in the flesh so to speak I don't think it looks too bad.

P1070301 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070310 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Viewed from normal distances it almost disappears anyway.

P1070311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070317 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Two more canopies await erection.

P1070315 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


The paving is coming on well.
P1070313 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070314 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070308 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The crossover area with more reinforcement for the concrete surface.

P1070305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070306 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Towards Market Street the surfacing is mostly complete.

P1070321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Working on one of the point machine boxes

P1070325 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking at the trees in relation to the bridge there isn't much significant foliage below OLE height so a bit of careful pruning should allow them to stay.

P1070328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This blue tinted wet concrete is something I haven't seen before.

P1070329 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was another patch in the manhole cover located between the steel barrier sections.

P1070332 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Moving down Cross Street progress on the northbound line between King Street and Princess Street as alluded to in the TFGMC papers referred to by Watcher over the weekend.

P1070333 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070334 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Starting to assemble the reinforcement on the curve into Princess Street.

P1070337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070340 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070341 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square the council's lighting contractor was fighting to remove this lighting column.

P1070344 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Stacks of reinforcement panels await installation.

P1070354 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on what I think will be the 2CC northbound track foundation in the background.

P1070360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

These shots seem to confirm that.

P1070382 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That big concrete drainage ring was in the way for a decent shots.

P1070384 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That's about all for now.
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Meanwhile across town...

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Passing by Deansgate Castlefield on Whitworth Street West this afternoon I noticed that they were erecting some directional signage at the bottom of the new stairs at the First Street end.

P1070372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070375 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070381 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This may not be news but I also see that most of the glass screens are now in place on the Deansgate Station stairs.

P1070376 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070377 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final shot at the east end.

P1070373 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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