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Old November 25th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #1421
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Another update from around 2CC today.

There was some final signalling snagging in progress on Long Millgate as I passed. You can just make out the orange jackets.

P1160050 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160052 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving at the corner of Withy Grove is almost finished now.

P1160026 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160024 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As already illustrated the TVMs were being installed.

P1160014 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160017 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160008 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I hadn't noticed before that the header panels above the glass screens now have the stop name.

P1160009 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160011 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I wonder what the stainless steel boxes protruding on rams from the base of the shelter legs are for.

P1160010 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond the stop Corporation Street is fully accessible once again.

P1160005 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160002 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150997 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150993 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150991 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some final paving outside M&S.

P1150986 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on Cross Street.

More holes appearing

P1150984 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Both sets of rails in place across King Street junction.

P1150983 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150980 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Rail drain boxes.

P1150979 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150974 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

St Peters Square

Not much change at the north end

P1150972 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150971 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150965 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the Oxford Street/Peter Street end that mega concrete pour has taken place to construct the slab over the remaining section of the church crypt.

P1150960 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150956 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150954 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street work continues on the 1CC inbound line.

P1150951 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150950 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150948 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150945 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1150944 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old November 26th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #1422
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Another set of photos of the trams themselves. This time at the eastern end of the Ashton Line taken over the past two days late in the afternoons. Today's in particular were in failing light under very damp conditions.

Yesterday on my way home from my trek around 2CC as the light began to fail.

3102 ready to depart for Rochdale having had a slow trip up from Droylsden in heavy traffic.

P1160057 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160061 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3106 crosses over to enter the preferred platform.

P1160065 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Depositing a fair load of passengers.

P1160066 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ready to leave again.

P1160070 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now today in really poor conditions.

3075 and 3105 arrive from Manchester.

P1160102 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160107 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Setting off past Aldi they head off to Rochdale.

P1160110 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up at Ashton West 3093 and 3090 cross Richmond Street to enter the stop.

P1160118 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160120 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As the rainfall increases and evening draws in 3103 arrives at Ashton West.

P1160123 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is especially for Johnny, note Ashton West also has faulty shelter lighting, out of the 4 shelters only one has working lights. So I am afraid Edge Lane isn't alone.

P1160124 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160128 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And back it comes.

P1160130 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Away over Ashton Moss.

P1160134 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3035 races the cars up Lord Sheldon Way on the way to Ashton.

P1160138 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Heading off into the blue and yellow yonder.

P1160142 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Climbing up to Ashton West a few minutes later on its way back into Manchester.

P1160148 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3072 waits to cross Cavendish Street.

P1160160 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160163 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old November 27th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #1423
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Drawings of Ordsall Curve:

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Been looking through the below apps from August & October (still awaiting approval), relating to conditions attached to the TWA permission, they contain some interesting detailed design work.

Don't know enough about the original TWA app to know what's the most significant detail, so it's a very random sample of info that may already have been posted.

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15/66844/DISCON (Aug-15) | Request for confirmation of compliance of conditions 2,3,4,5,11, and 13 within stage E
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15/66852/DISCON (Aug-15) | Request for confirmation of compliance of condition 2 TWA/13/APP/03 and conditions 3, 4, 5, 11, 13, and 14 for stages A and D
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15/67175/DISCON (Oct-15) | Discharge of planning conditions 3,4,5,11,and 13 within stage F (Middlewood Locks)
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Look for the docs with Design Guide in the description.



Design Guide Stages





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Old December 1st, 2015, 11:11 AM   #1424
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Almost ready to open....

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I also too had quick look to see if any testing taking place today and as you mention Jaga fences were still up and signals on Corporation St wasn't lit but I did notice Smart Card reader have got plastic cover on them now and ticket machines are working (well it said out of use)





I notice these metal boxes on platform I guess they going to be contract machine until something else?





I guess for next eight months the bit where it say "trams to St Peter Square" the be stick over top of it.



One more week until stop is opened.





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Free advent calenders being handed out at Piccadilly today
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Old December 1st, 2015, 07:30 PM   #1426
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Almost ready to open....
Sunday 6th December when Exchange Square Metrolink stop (along with Metrolink platform D at Manchester Victoria) is opening.

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Opening date revealed for new Exchange Square Metrolink stop

The new city centre Exchange Square tram stop is set to open on Sunday 6 December, transport leaders announced today.

The opening date – subject to successful completion of testing and commissioning work in the coming days – is a boost for the busy city centre shopping and leisure district in the run up to Christmas.

It will also mark a major milestone for the transformational Second City Crossing, a new tram line through the heart of the city due to fully open in 2017.

Services will initially run between Shaw and Crompton and Exchange Square via the brand new outbound Platform D, opening the same day at Victoria Station’s new-look Metrolink stop. Inbound trams from Oldham will continue to use Victoria stop Platform A.

Combined with the Rochdale via Oldham line service, the new line means a six-minute daytime service between Shaw and Crompton, Oldham and the city centre from Monday to Saturday, with a less frequent service on Sundays.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “We’ve pulled out all the stops to get the new line to Exchange Square up and running before Christmas, which will be great news for the city and particularly Rochdale via Oldham line customers.

“In the days ahead we’ll be in the last stages of an extensive testing and commissioning process to get the stop, surrounding roads and Metrolink drivers ready for services going live.

“Services to Exchange Square will also see us open a new platform at Victoria stop, meaning some changes for passengers and trams.

“Our customers’ safety is a priority and we’ll have staff at both stops in the first weeks of service to make sure that people are taking extra care and looking out for trams running in different areas than people are used to.

“While most Metrolink services will remain the same from 6 December, I’d advise all passengers to visit our website to see what the new Exchange Square stop opening will mean for them.”
http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/media_...?articleId=845

New first/last tram times from Sunday 6th December.

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Old December 4th, 2015, 03:41 PM   #1427
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Tram routes are getting letters:



very un-British-like behavior. more like France or Colorado.

http://www.metrolink.co.uk/pages/pni.aspx
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More on 2CC:

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Yes, have to agree with Brad it's less convenient for interchange, but like most things just now, its only temporary. I don't understand TMS, so can't work out what's wrong with continuing B/C for outbound as now, but I guess there's probably a reason. Spreads the crowds over the available platform space I suppose, if this is a problem.

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Farnworth tunnel ready for reopening on 14th December:
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Cross St
DSCF5348 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
DSCF5347 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
DSCF5346 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Exchange to Victoria sign
DSCF5364 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
DSCF5363 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
DSCF5361 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
To St Peters Square
DSCF5358 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Quick cover it over
DSCF5357 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Road Markings
DSCF5372 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
DSCF5377 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
This give way will be fun
DSCF5366 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Good job this bus didnt break down on Sunday
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Planters at D-C
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Grass/Turf on roof
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St Peters Sq past the Midland Hotel
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DSCF5324 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Manchester Central
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X over at St Peters
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #1431
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A final look over 2CC before Exchange Square opens on Sunday.

Once again we start at the Lower Mosley Street end.

As Train Guard mentioned they have been preparing the outbound track base at the Oxford Street end of Lower Mosley Street. They had just poured the concrete as I travelled past on the tram and were finishing the job in these photos.

P1160174 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160178 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160180 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over in St Peters Square they are backfilling and consolidating stone around the edges of that massive concrete slab they cast last week.

P1160183 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160184 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What I assume to be a waterproof membrane has been laid over the slab. I wonder whether the yellow line marks the edge of the 1CC northbound line.

P1160185 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are another set of yellow lines adjacent to the points laid in the single line which no doubt mark the position of the 2CC southbound connection.

P1160189 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part of the north end of that slab is obviously going to be tied into more reinforced concrete.

P1160191 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Three parallel sets of track base now exist through most of the site.

P1160192 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The only real changes at the north end are two short sections of concrete track base.

The first as Johnny showed us is the 2CC inbound leading from the diamond crossing.

P1160196 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The other is a short addition to the 2CC northbound curve.

P1160198 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Cross Street most of the work seems to be concentrated on laying kerb lines.

P1160201 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160202 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In deference to the Christmas shopping crowds the fencing on the northbound side has been moved over to allow pedestrians to walk along the northbound line to and from King Street.

P1160204 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

King Street junction is the next location where we see track.

P1160207 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160211 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Judging by the paving works at the bottom of King Street I would say they are moving to complete this junction at the earliest opportunity.

P1160209 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the utility companies has moved onto the site between King Street and Cross Street Chapel, no doubt to complete the work delayed by finding those unexpected additional burials.

P1160213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In fact Cross Street between King Street and Market Street is all still occupied by work for United Utilities.

P1160215 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the Exchange Square section all the fencing apart from barriers at the platform ends have been removed leaving a wide open pedestrian expanse.

P1160217 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A little paving work still to complete though.

P1160218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160219 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160222 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I couldn't decide why this bit was taped off.

P1160225 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I am pretty sure this map has been posted before but a shot of the new map in one of the Exchange Square TVMs.

P1160228 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Line painting was in progress.

P1160231 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I know that in day of yore folks blackleaded their doorsteps but washing and cleaning the concrete at the rail edges with a sponge seems a bit excessive.

P1160234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The large paved area at Withy Grove is finally complete.

P1160237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160238 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along with the area in front of the Corn Exchange.

P1160236 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Just waiting for the barrier to be removed on Sunday morning. Note the No Entry Except Trams signage.

P1160241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160245 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With the hoardings around City Buildings now obstructing the footpath on the north side of Corporation Street signage attempts to discourage pedestrians.

P1160248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160250 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

An inspection by the operator prior to final acceptance was taking place.

P1160252 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The end section of the hoarding has been formed by mesh to try to improve drivers sightlines of Long Millgate.

P1160254 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In Victoria some temporary notices warning of the changes to platforms and also warning that 'All Tram Tracks are in use', not strictly true but a lot easier than trying to explain which are and which aren't. If you assume they are all in use you err on the safe side.

P1160257 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Roll on Sunday morning.
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Congratulations Manchester with opening of part 1 of 2CC. Updated map on urbanrail.net:
http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/uk/man/manchester.htm

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I managed to drag myself out in the rain to travel to Exchange Square on the first tram, catching it at Oldham Mumps. Jaga 1920 and Pendlemac were already on board having travelled down from Rochdale. We were met at Victoria by more familiar faces including Johnny (apologies to anyone I missed out). Anyway to the photos now.

Arriving at Mumps I was met by the PIDS showing this. I was a bit early!

P1160259 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

When the 09:36 to Exchange Square appeared it was 3014 covering the trip. Which surprised me as I had been led to believe that one of the Christmas trams was to be used.

DSC_7488 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Anyway at Failsworth we overheard a radio call which gave us to understand that there was to be a set swap at Monsall. Lo and behold 3088 sparklingly clean and still smelling of disinfectant was awaiting us.

P1160261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Unfortunately in the scramble to get off at Exchange Square and find a location to take a photo I missed a shot of the tram at the platform. Instead here is 3088 in the terminal stub.

DSC_7489 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and returning to the northbound platform.

DSC_7498 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Where it sits in front of a large garden shed waiting to leave with the first northbound service.

DSC_7503 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7507 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7510 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3105 had been chosen for the second trip and here we see it squeezing past a badly parked taxi as it makes its way to Exchange Square.

DSC_7516 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7518 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7520 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As the driver sets the cab up for the return trip a well known figure gets his shots in.

DSC_7526 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Running back to the northbound platform.

DSC_7527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7532 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3106 was next to arrive. Twelve seconds separates these two shots, note the display change.

DSC_7538 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7539 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ready to return to Rochdale.

DSC_7543 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7549 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then the weather changed dramatically.

DSC_7551 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7570 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Despite the rain I decided to move towards Victoria now.

DSC_7582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7584 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Try as I might I couldn't get a shot with a tram on both 1CC and 2CC. That's for another day I guess.

DSC_7590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7592 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now across to the 4 track section, still no chance of the elusive 1CC/2CC pairing.

DSC_7606 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Into Platform D for Bury

DSC_7610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3103 leaves for Exchange Square

DSC_7616 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7618 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3088 on its second Rochdale trip.

DSC_7631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3105 ready to leave with all the VIPs if I remember correctly..

DSC_7639 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160303 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7647 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally over to Platform D to get my tram back to Oldham

I'm not quite sure why the PIDs display 'Victoria' instead of 'Terminates Here' for the terminating Ashton sets.

P1160318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160319 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160326 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160332 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160334 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That's the end for now.
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Photos of new Exchange Square stop that I took yesterday.

3098 tram using new destination at Freehold stop. (Oldham line)



Trams to Exchange Square





Exchange Square stop.













3098 tram coming back into Exchange Square stop







Leaflet about Exchange Square.



3031 tram going past Urbis (Football museums) using new destination





Couple of photos at Victoria station.







Platform B/C at Victoria is now out of use.





Ashton tram terminating at Victoria station.



You can get good shots of Northern Rail trains in platform 1/2 on platform D.



New Metrolink system map on ticket machines and inside 3031 tram.





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A few shots from Victoria yesterday are posted at this link.

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Over the past 2 days I have been out with my camera to build up a set of shots showing different aspects of the Shaw Exchange Square service.

Here are a few from my travels.

At Victoria I have attempted to gain shots with trams on 1CC and 2CC simultaneously.

My first success was this with 3058 on a Bury trip waiting at the bottom of Balloon Street as 3090 headed off to Exchange Square.

P1160390 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then 3085 on its way to Ashton passes 3090 returning from Exchange Square and heading back to Shaw.

P1160395 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This rather polite tram driver actually stopped to allow that bus out of Todd Street yesterday afternoon.

P1160428 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I took a trip up to Shaw today to see what the operation was like up there.

When I arrived 3104 was waiting in the bay to return to Exchange Square

P1070917 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and 3088 was waiting its turn to crossover into the same location.

P1070916 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070921 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070922 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This Not in Service display seems to repeat what the Deansgate Castlefield to Altrincham sets do whilst waiting for an Eithad to Altrincham double to arrive and depart at Deansgate Castlefield.

P1070924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7656 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again one out one in.

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But this was what I was really waiting for.

Hat-trick!

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I see there is a cleaner at Shaw to meet each terminating tram.

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Exchange Square seemed quite busy this afternoon .

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