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Old April 24th, 2016, 11:25 PM   #1501
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Some picture that I took today on Cross St.















Rare slight of tram and PIDS saying Newbold at Exchange Square stop.





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Old May 4th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #1502
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I had another look at 2CC and St Peters Square this aternoon.

Levelling and compacting the track foundations between Market Street and New Market.

P1080661 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080665 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080666 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The reason for the short isolated section of northbound track seems to have been to allow a temporary foot crossing to be provided.

P1080670 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Between New Market and King Street similar levelling and compacting is in progress.

P1080668 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080672 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080676 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now along to Princess Street where things seem to be at the same stage.

P1080696 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Steel reinforcement panels being delivered.

P1080699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Alongside the Town Hall a store for York stone paving slabs and also a start has been made with laying kerbs and drainage channels.

P1080701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080703 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is a little optimistic.

P1080705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080709 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now before looking at St Peters Square I noticed that a fair number of buildings now have the bolts fitted for OLE fixings. Significant locations include the Royal Exchange which has quite a few

P1080684 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080682 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

the Arndale facing the Royal Exchange

P1080687 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and at the Market Street end adjacent to the temporary anchor poles.

P1080691 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080693 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street there are a fair number on the Town Hall facade and on buildings opposite.

P1080748 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080749 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080750 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080756 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080757 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are far too many to show here along the length of the site.

I will post the St Peters Square shots separately.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 09:44 PM   #1503
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A look at St Peters Square where the main progress is the appearance of the 2CC side platform walls and north end ramp foundation on the southbound platform. So we now know that they will have quite a lot of this platform work done before the blockade.

P1080712 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080713 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080714 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080718 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The base slab for the link between 1CC and 2 CC southbound has been cast and a start made with fastening down the reinforcement for the next stage.

P1080725 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080726 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also now revealed is the hexagon base for the church cross.

P1080728 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080730 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally paving continues in front of the Town Hall Extension. The colour changes are now obvious.

P1080742 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080743 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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I had another look at Deansgate Castlefield today to try to find out what the landscaping changes might be.

I now think that the wide area planting of last year is being replaced by a number of planters set in a paved area.

P1080736 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are now a number of slots in the concrete slab they have cast.

P1080737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080740 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The project seems to have attracted some recognition from the Institute of Civil Engineers.

P1080734 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old May 13th, 2016, 10:17 PM   #1505
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Well just to duplicate both Johnny and Andrew's excellent sets from yesterday here are some 2CC images taken today. I went in hoping to get to see the interior of London Road Fire Station which had been open this morning. Unfortunately all was closed up again by the time I arrived and apparently you had to pre-register anyway.

Never mind here are my shots from 2CC.

More track appearing on Cross Street near New Market.

P1170938 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170939 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170941 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Preparation work continues between New Market and King Street.

P1170943 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170944 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Johnny showed us progress on Princess Street is significant with the sinuous curves appearing.

P1170946 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170951 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the other end of this section the 2CC northbound curve has entered Princess Street as Train Guard pointed out earlier.

P1170954 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170956 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the southbound curve is also started.

P1170959 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square itself as Train Guard pointed out the north end ramp for the southbound platform is now in place.

P1170961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170962 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues erecting the canopy posts for the northbound platform shelters.

P1170968 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170971 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A bit hard to make out but here a guy was adjusting one of the uprights to get it vertical.

P1170978 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still trying to get it true.

P1170995 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving work continues and note the paving between the rails is a of a different style with smaller blocks.

P1170972 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170975 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170981 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With the base slab now cast the next set of points have been put back in place and await the short section of linking track.

P1170987 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old May 27th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #1506
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I took a look at progress on 2CC again this afternoon. Starting at the northern end.

The southbound track slab is now linked right through from New Market to the existing route.

P1180004 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180005 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The section of double track in front of the Royal Exchange is concreted.

P1180010 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180012 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180014 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues on the foundations between New Market and King Street.

P1180017 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180018 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180025 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street concreting was in progress along the section of track already laid.

P1180026 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180027 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180029 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180035 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not much has changed along the rest of Princess Street although this stretch is being used for plant access at present.

P1180037 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square now, paving has started on the 1CC northbound and 2CC southbound lines...

P1180043 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180073 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and it continues in front of the Town Hall Extension.

P1180047 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The large holes for tree planting are evident.

P1180048 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The shelter columns are wrapped for protection.

P1180044 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the south end the closure rails between the single line and the newly laid points are in place, but they await welding.

P1180058 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Reinforcing mesh is being laid for the remaining set of points and adjacent track.

P1180062 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180065 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180067 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The boxed parts for the old St Peters Church cross have arrived on site and the foundation is now coated in waterproofing.

P1180053 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180055 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another layer of concrete has been cast around it with a recess left around the hexagon.

P1180057 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally the interface surfacing between Peter Street Oxford Street and Lower Mosley Street seems to be having some work carried out.

P1180074 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old May 28th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #1507
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Forgive me if this has an obvious answer, but what exactly is the purpose of that diamond crossing at St Peters Square? Just seemed a little odd to me.
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Forgive me if this has an obvious answer, but what exactly is the purpose of that diamond crossing at St Peters Square? Just seemed a little odd to me.
The crossing is where the 1CC northbound line crosses the 2CC southbound. In this sketch the new 2CC route is that which leaves the map top right and 1CC leaves at the right hand side. The combined route to and from Deansgate Castlefield comes in from the left.

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When are 2CC and SPS expected to be finished? And will they open at the same time?
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Further to Train Guard's update on the Metrolink Extension thread I was in town today and took a series of shots of work in progress. Starting at the Market Street end.

As he said the rails are connected now and they were just preparing and carrying out the final weld as I was there.

P1180230 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180240 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180243 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180246 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180267 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180235 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Reinforcing mats were being placed on the southbound towards King Street.

P1180236 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180273 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180275 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on Princess Street the twin track as far as Clarence Street is concreted now.

P1180276 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180278 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180281 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the Lloyd Street end cable chambers are being constructed.

P1180283 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the site of the southbound platform they were pumping concrete onto the base slab

P1180287 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and forming what I take to be the reinforcement for one of the internal spine walls.

P1180293 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180296 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving on the two middle lines shows up well in this after being sprayed with water.

P1180295 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They were positioning the two short rails between the new points and the platform track on 2CC southbound. The points have their point machine box fitted.

P1180302 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

If the final set of points linking 1CC northbound and 2CC southbound were in place when Train Guard was there they had been removed again when I arrived.

Work in progress re-assembling the cross. The first course of stonework is laid and they were creating a brick base within it for the next set of stonework.

P1180306 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180307 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also on site now is the first section of one of the platform canopies.

P1180311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180315 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With its curved end.

P1180316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here we see what I believe to be one of the tree planting chambers.

P1180318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With a further one within the platform structure in the middle here.

P1180320 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final general view south.

P1180321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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On one of my visits to view 2CC progress I thought I'd take a few shots of trams in the sunshine.

P1180216 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180226 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I was at the present terminus at Corporation Street Cross Street watching Volker Rail carry out a thermit weld when I thought I'd go for an arty tram shot looking through the greenery in the end of track planters. As I was trying in vain to frame a shot up I noticed that the tram in the platform was actually a double unit with Not in Service on the indicator.

P1180255 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180257 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180259 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then as it waited to return to the stop this appeared on the indicator.

P1180261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and off it went.

P1180263 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Obviously some form of delay somewhere. Here we see the same pair arriving at Market Street later on running to Trafford Bar presumably returning to the depot.

P1180363 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180265 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

St Peters Square

P1180290 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180299 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Piccadilly Gardens/Mosley Street, whilst I agree with Johnny about the excessive use of the horns from what I saw today I can sympathise with drivers given what they have to put up with.

P1180323 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180333 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180335 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180341 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180343 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180346 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180354 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ironically between the Mosley Street and Piccadilly Gardens routes from Market Street there was a religious group proclaiming loudly how Jesus would save the assembled crowds. I say this was ironic as the result of the meeting was a large crowd across the Mosley Street track. It would need a lot of divine intervention to help some of those present if it wasn't for the tram horns.

P1180360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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When are 2CC and SPS expected to be finished? And will they open at the same time?
St Peter Square tram stop will open first as going be eight weeks closure starting from 26th June to finishes off rebuilding work at St Peter Square tram stop which then will reopened to passengers by end of August (possible 28th August)

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is building a new, much larger stop in St Peter’s Square, a key destination on the new Metrolink Second City Crossing, currently under construction.

This summer sees the end of the 14-month construction project to build an expanded stop that is ready for more trams running through the city, more often.

As the work involved will take place close to the track, Metrolink services through the square will be suspended from Sunday 26 June to the end of August, meaning no north/south cross-city tram services will operate.

The following Metrolink services will run from Sunday 26 June:

Altrincham to Deansgate
East Didsbury to Deansgate
Media City to Deansgate (this service will start running from 1st August)
Manchester Airport to Cornbrook
Ashton to Bury
Bury to Etihad (Peak times only)
Rochdale to Exchange Square
Shaw to Piccadilly (Peak times only)
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As for Second City Cross (Exchange Square to St Peter Square) that will open in early 2017 but I seen somewhere that it could be February 2017 if testing and driving training go to plan.
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Nice photo of 2CC work Freel I also took some picture down there today and try and not posts same-one that you took yesterday.

Couple pics of trams on Mosley Street.





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I notice track slab (or are they called reinforcing mats?) that Freel show you yesterday are all down.















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Another quick look at Deansgate Castlefield this afternoon before the heavens opened.

They have started paving with the grey stone slabs in front of the staff room.

P1090019 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The short cut taken by many folks across the sedum trays between the approach and the island platform is now fenced off and it looks to me as though the fencing is longer than that needed simply to protect the work site. I wonder if that shortcut is to be blocked off.

P1090020 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090021 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090022 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090023 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the grey paving continues within the work site.

P1090028 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090029 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Here is another collection of 2CC photos taken this afternoon.

At the Market Street end they seemed to be jet washing the concrete and rail prior to the next stage of concreting.

P1080904 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080905 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The outer shuttering is in place

P1080906 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The short section of double track looks good.

P1080913 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080915 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond the temporary foot crossing near Cross Street Chapel the reinforcement for the slab now stretches right up to King Street on the southbound side.

P1080912 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some short sections of steel mesh being cut and fitted.

P1080916 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080920 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Since Friday last week the first stage slab has been cast and the reinforcement mesh laid ready for the next stage.

P1080917 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080923 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Kerbs and drainage channels also in place.

P1080924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on Princess Street they were applying bituminous sealant to the edges of the concrete around the rails.

P1080927 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080930 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They have also made a start on work to restore the paving along the side of Albert Square.

P1080929 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Alongside the Town Hall they seemed to be levelling the stone in readiness for the slab.

P1080934 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again kerbing and drainage channels are in place.

P1080936 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the St Peters Square end of Princess Street they have now opened up another large area in order to complete the curves. More old rails recovered.

P1080938 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080946 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080945 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving of the tricky area in the diamond crossing is now being carried out with many of the precut blocks laid out.

P1080948 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090036 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the first spine wall for the southbound platform is progressing.

P1080953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080954 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this shot you might just make out the the first of the handrail supports are now in place on the ramp at the south end of the northbound platform.

P1080965 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the south end they were using a pair of Ironmen to position short closure rails between the points and the already laid 1CC northbound platform line.

P1080955 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All the points at the south end are now in place.

P1080957 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080964 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080974 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A second level of stone work is now in place on the cross site.

P1080961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080973 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They are still working to complete the Lower Mosley Street side of the road junction

P1080975 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and seem to have restarted on the paving alongside the Midland Hotel.

P1080979 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not much longer for these bi-directional tram crossings.

P1080980 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080969 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looked as though they had done a trial fit of the glazing in the first section of the shelter canopy. Note the green tint to the glass. As I was watching they were carefully removing the glass once again and stacking it.

P1080982 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080983 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080991 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080997 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street the junction with Windmill Street is now receiving attention, with new traffic signal poles and new markings.

P1090003 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090004 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Another batch of random shots taken in the city today.

These token handovers will soon be a thing of the past.

P1090007 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090009 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090012 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090041 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090046 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090038 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over to the north....

P1080901 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080902 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

to Victoria, where it was heavy rail's turn to suffer delays due to signalling problems. Which left me with time to kill whilst awaiting my much delayed train.

P1080899 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090060 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090062 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090068 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090072 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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A bright start to the day encouraged me to take a trip to have another look at progress on 2CC.

At Market Street St Mary's Gate we see the northbound rail ends ready for the next stage of tracklaying

P1180462 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
with work on the base for the track slab well advanced and reinforcement mesh on site in readiness for installation.

P1180464 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond the temporary pedestrian crossing the rails stretch out to link up with the section already laid between King Street and Princess Street.

P1180466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Insulating boots round the welds and track drain boxes.

P1180473 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back from King Street.

P1180475 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180476 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The curves into Princess Street now surfaced.

P1180483 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and work on the realignment of traffic lanes.

P1180485 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and paving in Albert Square.

P1180488 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All surfaced right up to the present end of the track.

P1180490 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Facing the opposite way the northbound track slab now stretches along Princess Street almost to Lloyd Street alongside the Town Hall.

P1180492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180493 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the first sections of reinforcement on the southbound slab are in place at the Lloyd Street end..

P1180496 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180502 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound slab into St peters Square has gained a short straight section.

P1180498 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180504 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As we saw at the weekend the first part of the northbound shelter canopy with its two tone green glazing is in place.

P1180508 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180510 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180532 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The second section has also now arrived on site and was being assembled.

P1180526 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180528 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work has continued on the spine walls for the southbound platform

P1180512 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and also the paving between the two platforms.


P1180514 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The trackwork at the south end is looking impressive now

P1180516 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180517 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

although it still needs final levelling and fixing.

P1180522 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work progresses on the cross.

P1180518 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180520 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving work on Peter Street Lower Mosley Street.

P1180525 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I noticed an interesting difference in thickness between the main platform slabs and those towards the south end. The main slabs have a fall towards the centre but the final few are flat and thinner at the outer edges. Presumably this gets taken care of when the surface paving is added.

P1180529 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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After the mention of the technical issue found during TMS testing at Victoria delaying TMS on the Bury Line I thought I'd have a trip out to see just how much of the installation is now in place.

The following photo set follows the trip starting at Ashton Moss.

It seemed that there were a couple of doubles out, presumably to give a little extra capacity for concert goers to Etihad Campus.

P1180537 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180541 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

My first call was at Whitefield to try for a few shots of the crossover and associated TMS signals.

P1180542 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There isn't a lot to see from the platforms but here is the turnback signal and a couple of axle counter evaluator boxes.

P1180545 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Taken from the opposite platform we see the signal and the axle counters again. You can just make out the axle counter heads on the far rail. This is the SPAS block to detect any unauthorised move from the signal back towards the crossover.

P1180610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The stop line loop for the turnback moves in the four foot of the outbound platform.

P1180612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I then walked down to Moss Lane to try for some better shots of the crossover itself.

here we can see the points with their new TMS Contec point machines, point indicator and a few SPAS beacons.

P1180554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180561 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the bottom right the associated signal as 3007 passes by.

P1180555 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I then went on up to Bury on 3029.

P1180571 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Bury I first walked across to Townside to see if I could get any shots from there, whilst I could see a little of the TMS kit it wasn't that good a position.

At the end of the platform we have the new TMS signals and point indicators alongside the existing signals.

P1180576 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and also a set of SPAS beacons

P1180573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At present here the original GEC HW point machines are still in place, I suspect they will remain as at Queens Road and the Eccles Junction at Cornbrook as they are more suited to the longer heavy rail type points than the Contec machines.

P1180573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at the stop at the platform end we get a better view of the installation.

With current signal 3 prominent we can see the two new TMS signals immediately in front of the camera and the two point indicators off the platform at the point ends.

P1180593 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are multiple TMS loops in both platforms.

P1180583 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this rather poor shot we can see the two point indicators for the approach points on a single centre pole.

P1180597 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I was getting ready to return to Victoria an East Didsbury double arrived and fairly quickly departed.

P1180591 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180599 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Leaving me to wait for 3011 to take me back via Whitefield again.

P1180584 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at the Whitefield 3011 heads off to Piccadilly

P1180604 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and we see the current signal 15 with its TMS replacement behind and a row of SPAS beacons on the OLE masts.

P1180607 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As an East Didsbury to Bury double with 3058 leading approaches we see the large mirror intended to assist drivers monitor the tram doors on the curved platform.

P1180614 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Out of the gloom of the short Whitefield Tunnel 3026 approaches.

P1180619 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at Victoria

P1180625 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the final leg of the trip back to Ashton Moss.

P1180638 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What did I learn from the trip.

Well firstly, Whitefield crossover is being treated differently to most of the other intermediate crossovers in that it is being fully signalled. So it looks as though it is intended for more routine use than the others. It seems to be designed to cater for controlled turnbacks from both directions as well.

Secondly the equipment all seems to be in place at Bury and presumably once this technical issue is resolved it wont take too long to bring the kit into use.
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Here are the results of my first photo survey since the start of this years St Peters Square blockade.

At the Market Street end the rail sections to link to the existing route are in place northbound awaiting alignment and welding.

P1180692 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the rails and reinforcement creep steadily south.

P1180703 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180704 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180709 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Princess Street we see the fully resurfaced curves.

P1180715 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Alongside the Town Hall rails are in place almost to Cooper Street on both lines now.

P1180716 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180723 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180725 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues to close the gap into St Peters Square

P1180726 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180729 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The foundations for the northbound link onto Mosley Street are in place.

P1180730 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Mosley Street work continues to clear the site of the temporary points.

P1180734 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180738 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back in St Peters Square concrete was being poured on the site of the southbound platform. Access to see what is going on isn't as easy now.

P1180742 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the northbound side lamp posts have appeared.

P1180745 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

PIDS are in place.

P1180751 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180753 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180754 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Installation work on what appears to be a points controller cabinet.

P1180757 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The scaffolding to allow erection of the cross to be completed.

P1180758 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180748 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first few surface slabs are in place on the northbound platform.

P1180760 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the south end of the former single line much of the tarmac had been removed from between the rails

P1180762 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and you can perhaps just make out that shuttering is place around the newer points.

P1180763 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street they seem to be removing the track slab where the points were.

P1180764 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180765 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


P1180777 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New OLE poles stacked on Lower Mosley Street.

P1180779 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not 2CC related but making use of the blockade work was in progress restoring the curves at York Street using welding and grinding techniques.

P1180781 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180782 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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