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Old October 22nd, 2016, 08:29 PM   #1581
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What's the unusual temple buildings and brick tower in the last few photos?
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the trafford centre ?
Yes they are part of the Trafford Centre, the large out of town shopping and leisure centre located on the edge of Trafford Park. This is the major target for the Trafford Line at present. It is howver quite likely that the line will subsequently be extended further to a commercial development, Port Salford on the opposite side of the Manchester Ship Canal.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 08:35 PM   #1582
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Great update Freel!

Do we have any indication as to when construction is likely to begin?
Preliminary works such as ground investigation works and some limited demolition have been underway for a few months now. However the main contractor has been identified as MPT who have constructed all the Phase 3 lines and also 2CC the Second City Crossing over the last 7 to 8 years. Now that the Transport and Works Order has been signed by government a contract is expected to be awarded and work to start before the end of the year. MPT are advanced with the detailed design.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 06:22 PM   #1583
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A slightly shorter than usual 2CC update since there is much less to see nowadays as things move to full completion.

P1090974 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still a few areas of paving around trees and lamp posts to complete.

P1090977 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090980 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090983 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Outside Cross Street Chapel this section of paving seems to have been completed very recently and the fencing left in place.

P1090986 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090987 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still a bit more to do.

P1090988 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More Traffic Regulation notices to commence on November 13th.

P1090990 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway works in Albert Square

P1090992 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princess Street is open again

P1090995 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090997 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

although I think its only in one direction as these lights are for a pedestrian crossing.

P1090998 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This bus shelter has been re-erected.

P1100004 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100001 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway works continue

P1100007 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100008 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100010 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A lot more tarmac has been replaced by paving in St Peters Square but there are still a few patches.

P1100012 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100014 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work is ongoing at the south end of both platforms.

P1100017 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and there is no access at the south end of the southbound platform.

P1100019 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I suspect this is the formwork for the water feature

P1100020 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100021 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving opposite the library is coming on well.

P1100022 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100023 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street the last section of paving opposite the Bridgewater Hall seems to have been done now.

P1100052 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100053 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and there is just a small area behind the Midland to do.

P1100026 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100030 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The pole for the point indicator has been erected.

P1100056a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and what I didn't notice until walking back to Victoria is that the TMS mesh radio devices have been installed on Princess and Cross Streets.

P1100057 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100060 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1100061 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

on Cross Street they are mounted on lamp posts.

P1100063 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 10:21 PM   #1584
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A further update from 2CC and St Peters Square.

Outside the Royal Exchange this team were setting up what looked like a cutting machine for what I think is an exercise in cutting level the concrete surrounding the rail. Or is it intended for helping to improve the grip for rubber tyred vehicles on the approach to the lights? I have noticed the same kit being used at this stage on a number of the street lines.

P1210175 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210176 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street almost completely clear now.

P1210179 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Crossing signals now outside Cross Street Chapel.

P1210179 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210183 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Erecting poles for signage.

P1210184 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and permanent signals ready for commissioning at King Street.

P1210185 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street there is still some paving in progress

P1210190 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210191 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and highway works up at the Cooper Street end.

P1210194 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The traffic signals at Cooper Street have appeared.

P1210195 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the last sections of tarmac is being replaced with paving at Mosley Street junction.

P1210196 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More tram signals have appeared.

This one on the northbound 2CC line leaving St Peters Square

P1210199 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and this one controlling reversing moves from the northbound 1CC platform back towards Deansgate Castlefield.

P1210215 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving in progress at a number of locations.

On the 2CC northbound approach.

P1210204 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210206 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

at the south end of the southbound platform

P1210209 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the north end of the southbound platform.

P1210250 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In front of One St Peters Square what I think may be the water feature is taking shape.

P1210210 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old November 12th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #1585
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Here few picture that I took along 2CC route started at Exchange Square where 3120 tram was waiting there.



Cross St where nothing noticeable in picture but did notice they started putting trees in near Booty stores (don't sure if this new or old news)







Princess St where notice there cones have been put down on middle of roads.





Speed signs have pop up on princess St.









St Peter Square where tracks look complete now and notice these electric boxes have pop up at bottom of North-board stairs.



South-board stop look complete and look like you may get tram on to 2CC platform now.





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Old November 25th, 2016, 09:48 PM   #1586
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I had a brief walk around the 2CC and St Peters Square areas today and post some photos to complement OCMCR's excellent night update from earlier http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=45405

Starting at Market Street I noticed that the temporary earth connections which were at the section insulators seem to have gone. Presumably the wires are now earthed within the cubicle isolators adjacent. I would imagine that perhaps means that the bulk of the electrical testing at this end of the line is complete. There are still some connections on Princess Street.

As they were in October with an extra cable on each wire on the Cross Street side of the section insulators.

P1200920 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As seen today with those extra cables removed.

P1210361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new benches on Cross Street.

P1210364 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another change is that the scaffolding on the frontage of Commercial Buildings has now been removed. Glazing was in progress this morning.

P1210367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210368 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street looking clear now almost right through.

P1210369 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is something that will need monitoring closely, the wagon is actually stopped in an area marked as being Loading Only. The bay however isn't wide enough to allow it park clear of the swept path. I suspect that it is intended that delivery wagons park partly on the pavement as the area immediately adjacent to the sign on the left has double yellow lines.

P1210372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Everywhere else the bays are wide enough.

P1210377 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street is only open one way at present.

P1210378 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still some areas of paving work on Princess Street as OCMCR pointed out.

P1210381 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210382 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Road marking still to complete also.

P1210383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound wire still has a temporary earth connection on Princess Street.

P1210387 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Testing work in one of the cable chambers.

P1210388 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Old and new tram signals at Mosley Street Princess Street

P1210389 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and at the northbound 1CC platform.

P1210390 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As OCMCR showed us paving is still in progress alongside the northbound 2CC line

P1210391 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210392 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210396 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm not sure who these guys were but they were very interested in the pointwork, taking photos of the track and points machines.

P1210397 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Strangely the signal which will control southbound moves from the 2CC platform was displaying proceed aspects today. I know believe that this signal relates to moves from the 2CC southbound rather than turnback moves as I had previously thought. Turnback moves will I think be controlled by radio instructions from Control.

P1210399 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The feature outside One St Peters Square is progressing well.

P1210401 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210402 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210406 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210408 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I wonder is that black object appearing from the ground a water jet or just a workman's gas bottle. It seemed to have a pressure gauge on the pipe.

P1210411 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Oh I nearly forgot, OCMCR showed us the new anti skateboard fittings on the base of the cross in his update. I noticed that the slabs around the base weren't grouted/pointed to the ones above in his photo. By this morning the gap had been sealed so I wonder whether the fencing may be removed shortly.

P1210403 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Prompted by posts on the Ordsall Chord thread regarding the appearance of the first lump of steel I thought I'd take a look around the work today. This gets somewhat photo heavy I'm afraid.

There was some work on the viaduct over Castlefield Basin.

P1210416 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210418 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The viaduct widening between Potato Wharf and Water Street has certainly moved on since my last visit.

P1210422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210426 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210427 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the other side of the structure I noticed that a couple of the arches had gained internal concrete structures.

P1210424 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210425 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and looking back towards Castlefield Junction I noticed a couple of attachments for perhaps the legs of a new signal gantry (they are different to the OLE mast fixings).

P1210423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The amount of steelwork in the compounds grows as other posts have displayed.

P1210429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More concrete sections arriving.

P1210433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210432 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Water Street the widened sections are clear to see on both sides.

P1210440 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210444 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the site of the junction between old and new is now clearly visible.

P1210448 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That first section of steel approaching the river crossing.

P1210450 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footbridge and the extreme end of the new steelwork on the right as it rests on the temporary trestle.

P1210452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More sections in the yard.

P1210454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new section seen from the canal locks.

P1210456 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then what happens?

P1210463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Section number 2 appears over the river. In the right place at the right time again!

P1210466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210468 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210474 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Workmen in place ready to receive it.

P1210477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210483 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Almost down on the trestle end.
P1210489 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210494 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and gently down on the river bank side.

P1210491 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210495 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Nearly there

P1210503 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210504 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210514 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Progress was understandably slow now as they carefully moved it the final few millimetres into place and I was getting cold so I moved up to the Bridge at Quay Street for a final shot.

P1210517 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I had intended making this trip yesterday but got unavoidably detained at home. I am certainly glad I was.
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First test tram runs along Metrolink’s new Second City Crossing
01 December 2016

​Metrolink began testing trams on the new section of the route between the new-look St Peter’s Square tram stop and Exchange Square stop in the early hours of Thursday morning (1 December).

The transformational Second City Crossing, due to open to passengers early next year, will allow Metrolink to run more frequent tram services through the city centre and across the 93-stop network.

The new line – which connects the expanded St Peter’s Square stop via Princess Street and Cross Street with Exchange Square and Victoria Station – will also allow greater operational flexibility and improve service reliability

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MPT, a Thales, VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke consortium, has been retained by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to design and build the city’s Trafford Park line.

The consortium will work with the authority’s delivery partner, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, to deliver the extension which will serve the intu Trafford Centre shopping mall

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I took another look around the Ordsall Chord works today and was quite surprised how much has been done since Water Street closed.

Starting with some shots from the canal locks by the V&A hotel.

Once again I was lucky enough to witness a section of the river bridge being lifted in. This time using the larger crane. The first shot is actually from New Quay Street.

P1210563 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210587 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the opposite side of the river I was surprised how much of the new viaduct is in place.

P1210572 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I was trying to get a decent viewpoint but Trinity Way footpath is obvioulsy closed.

P1210594 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

So off to a better vantage point. The sun was really in the wrong location for these shots.

P1210598 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210607 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now back to Water Street to try to get a shot of the big crane.

These are the best I could manage, it's so big I couldn't get far enough away for a really good shot.


P1210615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Stephensons bridge in the background with the final adjustments of that section I saw being lifted in progress.

P1210620 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new abutment where the new construction will join the MSJ&A viaduct.

P1210628 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and its opposite number on the other side of Water Street.

P1210631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The widened viaduct with its fancy new OLE structures.

P1210637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the compound on New Elm Road the crawler units for positioning the new bridge were being unloaded.

One can be seen on the lorry through the new bridge section.

P1210642 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and another in the background here.

P1210644 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A temporary footbridge seems to have been erected over Water Street in front of the railway bridge, presumably to give the workforce access across the site.

P1210648 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A quick look at St Peters Square and 2CC on my way to look at the Ordsall Chord. As is to be expected not really much to report as the job is to all intents and purposes finished.

However Holemasters were up to something on the 2CC northbound line outside the library. No idea what but they had a diamond saw on site. In fact when I was there they weren't doing much at all, the saw wouldn't start!

P1210655 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Someone was asking whether the OLE was live recently. The answer at the moment is no as evidenced by the earth cable and warning notice.

P1210679 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210679a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The location of the time capsule.

P1210658 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work in progress on the feature outside two St Peters Square

P1210669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210670 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210674 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was going to be at least one noisy tram leaving the stop.

P1210667 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

but not this one

P1210677 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm not sure I'll be standing here once trams are running.

P1210681 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210683 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210686 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The permanent signals at the north end are now working.

P1210685 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210693 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The plaque commemorating the Queen opening the Phase 1 network in 1992.

P1210695 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210697 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New pedestrian barriers on Princess Street

P1210700 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210702 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Tram Only markings on the 2CC southbound curve.

P1210705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Stagecoach Chinese New Year bus.

P1210704 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Tree planting at a number of locations along with setting out of the protecting metal gratings etc.

P1210711 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210718 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Art to arrive at Tameside Interchange
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​Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed artist Michael Condron to create and install artwork at the new Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Michael has a proven track record of delivering this kind of project. He graduated from St. Martin’s College in 1995, and his first piece of public art, The Martian, was installed shortly afterwards. He has since completed a number of major commissions in diverse settings and specialises in larger-than-life sculptures

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It all looks terrific! Are there any dates established as to when the Trafford Centre extension might start?
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Enabling works are already in progress at various locations along the route. The contract with MPT was signed off at the beginning of December following the receipt of the Transport and Works Order.
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First gauge testing have already took place and from Metrolink extension thread it believe that more testing is due to start after new year and it seen that Metrolink are aiming for February opening so six/seven week times tram may be in service running on 2CC route.
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Yesterday I took another walk around the project to see what had been done during the Christmas/New Year blockade. Here are some of my photos.

A high level view across Trinity Way showing both the Trinity Way bridges and the river bridge.

P1210784 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A closer look at the Trinity Way bridges, note the yellow shuttering in place for a new pier between the old viaduct and new steel spans.

P1210786 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A similar view of the river bridge.

P1210785 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The remaining spans for the Trinity Way bridges.

P1210792 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another view showing the area where the old and new will link.

P1210793 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down at ground level the Trinity Way bridges look enormous.

P1210796 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210800 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking at the steel reinforcing on the sides of the concrete piers I am guessing that they are to be widened.

P1210799 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The shuttering for the new pier between the old and new structures.

P1210801 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Just this gap to fill over Trinity Way

P1210802 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210805 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210807 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

before the two main bridges are linked here.

P1210803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210808 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A mix of bridge technologies seen from Trinity Way.

P1210811 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from the Regent Road side of the structures we can see the widened MSJ&A viaduct and the new Water Street bridge.

P1210815 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210820 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210824 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking down Liverpool Road now to the new bridge for the chord.

P1210829 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210833 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210835 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The link to the old viaduct behind the apartments from Woollam Place, it is certainly very close the building.

P1210830 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The two new bridges over Water Street.

P1210838 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210842 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now the river bridge seen from the site of the old Princes Bridge with the 750 tonne crane on the right.

P1210845 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I got chatting to one of the guys at the gate here and he explained that the work in progress with the excavator was to create two massive concrete pads for the 1350 tonne crane.

P1210848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

You can possibly just make out a large hole being dug just behind the fence panel under the excavator arm.

P1210849 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The chap was really forthcoming about what was going on and was telling me how interesting he found the job. he showed me a couple of photos he had taken up on the masonry above the stable block on the left. He and a colleague had found 2 engraved images of steam trains in the stone which looked as though they had been carved by someone who was working there perhaps a hundred years ago with simple hand tools. Almost like century old graffiti! They were quite clearly old and rather weather beaten and also rather evocative despite being amateurish. He was really proud of the find and his photos.

One of the tapered curved sections of the bridge structure on the ground in the yard.

P1210850 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally a couple of views from behind the V&A Hotel

P1210851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210854 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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WOAH!!!!!!! it looks incredible i have to say amazing job also Woah thats a huge Catenary structures there is there for more Electrified lines on that viaduct wow amazing.

I can't wait to see this new Tram line operational thru out the city of Manchester, i am in the USA currently but i want to travel to the UK one day and travel around the country.
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