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Old February 21st, 2017, 09:33 PM   #1621
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Whilst the VIP trip shown above was in progress something much bigger was happening on the Ordsall Chord Project. The big bridge lift took place this morning.

A mate and I had intended photographing the lift this morning so were rather alarmed to see the post by caiman http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2187 showing it already in the air before we left to catch our train.

However on alighting at Salford Central we were somewhat relieved to see this.

P1220355 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and we quickly made our way over to Quay Street.

P1220359 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8706 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then Water Street

P1220370 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8708 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from the west end of Trinity Way

DSC_8709 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8716 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Nearly there!

P1220394 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220395 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final view from near Bridge Street

P1220406 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 11:00 AM   #1622
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Thanks for capturing the even so well Freel...history being made there.
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 01:16 PM   #1623
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Freel07 et al - Respect

As the 2CC project is completed, I would like to thank everybody for posting such a huge amount of quality photos, especially Steve Hyde. As an ex-pat living in Melbourne it’s been a pleasure to watch the progress of the project in amazing detail. I was a regular user of the city centre services from its opening, upto when I left the city in Oct 2000. And was present when the Queen officially opened the Metrolink in St Peter's Square 17th July 1992.
I would like to know if anyone could post aerial photos of St Peter's Square, or even elevated shots from surrounding buildings now it is complete. There were some posted in Jan 2016 by “Slow Burn”.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 12:27 PM   #1624
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Well today's big event has been Metrolink's 2CC cross city route opening.


Starting at Victoria as the band of hardy first day travellers awaited the first 2CC through tram a couple of trams from Queens Road Depot pass through to take up service.

DSC_8743-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8745-1-2 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then what we had been waiting for, 3064 appears with the new destination East Didsbury via Exchange Square for the first time. The arrival ably captured for posterity by Johnny.

DSC_8747-1-3 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8748-1-2 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On arrival at St Peters Square most of us got off to await the first northbound 2CC set. One of the Trafford Depot 1CC trams arriving in the background.

DSC_8751 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8753 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now for the northbound trip, 3027 arrives from Trafford with Rochdale via Exchange Square showing for the first time.

DSC_8757 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8759 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at Victoria many of the group dispersed.

DSC_8762 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now a few shots along the route.

DSC_8763 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8767 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3111 shows off its vinyls celebrating the opening.

DSC_8769 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the point machines at Exchange Square needed a bit of tlc.

DSC_8771 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8777 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8783 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3064 returns

DSC_8790 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

passing 3117 on Cross Street.

DSC_8793 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8797 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now outside the Waterhouse.

DSC_8803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8809 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8816 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Let's not forget the original route.

DSC_8825 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8831 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back to the matter in hand.

DSC_8835 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8840 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8849 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220412 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220414 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220416 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220438 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

then off home to warm up!
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Old February 26th, 2017, 07:21 PM   #1625
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Updated map in urbanrail.net:
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Old February 27th, 2017, 12:24 AM   #1626
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Here are my collection of photo's opening of Manchester Metrolink Second City crossing.

3111 tram advertising 2CC line.



3112 at Freehold stop using new destination.



Cross St (part of new 2CC route)















St Peter Square Metrolink stop where all four platform are now in use.









Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop where Airport service temporary terminate at this stop until signals (TMS) at Victoria station are working properly.









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Old February 27th, 2017, 11:34 AM   #1627
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Great thanks to freel and RO2 for excellent coverage of the opening of the 2CC .

Now its full on work on the next new line..The Trafford Centre Line (TCL)

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Old February 28th, 2017, 10:50 AM   #1628
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Some great shots from above of the new 2CC...

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Old February 28th, 2017, 11:42 AM   #1629
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Took these whilst walking to work via 2CC .Manchester in the snow looks like a beautiful European city.<br />
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Old March 1st, 2017, 01:06 PM   #1630
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An excellent update from purplecat on the Ordsall Curve project...

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[url=https://flic.kr/p/S8Qp7z
[/url]IMG_2039 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2040 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2042 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2043 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2044 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2045 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2046 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2047 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2049 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr



IMG_2050 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2052 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2053 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2061 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2062 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2065 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2066 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2067 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2068 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2069 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

STB_2074 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2075 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2078 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2079 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2081 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2082 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2090 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2095 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2108 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2110 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2107 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2109 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2114 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2116 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2117 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

IMG_2119 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

20170221_100139 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

20170221_115310 by Claire Williamson, on Flickr

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Old March 3rd, 2017, 04:11 PM   #1631
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One or two shots of the feature alongside Metrolink and outside One St Peters Square taken yesterday.

P1220461 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220462 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220465 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220469 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old March 3rd, 2017, 04:11 PM   #1632
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I guess 2CC is getting to the stage where we have done it to death but yesterday I set out to get shots of it in operation with a full timetable rather than the limited Sunday service with which it opened. As things transpired of course the service on the Rochdale Line was disrupted and therefore headways were rather uneven. Nevertheless here are a selection of photographs.

A portent of sightings to come. 3070 at Exchange Square on a Milnrow service.

DSC_8854 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8860 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street with 3105 also heading for Milnrow.

DSC_8877 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The weekday timetable of course includes 4 doubles on the Shaw - East Didsbury circuit. Here we see 3066 & 3099 heading for East Didsbury.

DSC_8890 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It also improves the odds on seeing north and southbound sets passing. 3066& 3099 pass us as 3106 approaches.

DSC_8895 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the corner of Princess Street 3030 approaches heading for East Didsbury

DSC_8895 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3084 rounds the corner into Cross Street.

DSC_8917 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Note the chap on left in a red coat checking his camera. I hope I am not upsetting anyone on here!

DSC_8919 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

he was so intent on what he was doing that I think he missed 3033 approaching on Cross Street.

DSC_8922 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8926 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With the Town Hall as a backdrop a double consisting of 3077 & 3076 approach Princess Street/Cross Street corner.

DSC_8933 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3104 southbound on Princess Street

DSC_8940 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_8942 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3111 with its special vinyls enters St Peters Square

DSC_8953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3058 prepares to leave for Bury with 3111 still at the southbound 2CC platform.

DSC_8957 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3113 at the northbound 2CC platform bound for Milnrow via Exchange Square according to its destination screen. Even the platform PIDs was displaying Milnrow on this occasion.

DSC_8960 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A view south across the square with 3 trams at the platforms. at 1CC southbound a double with 3025 at the rear waits to leave for Altrincham, at 1CC northbound 3091 is leaving for Piccadilly and at 2CC northbound a double unit composed of 3095 & 3085 is ready to depart for Shaw.

DSC_8970 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


3095 & 3085 on Princess Street.

DSC_8973 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the south end of the square 3032 stands at the southbound 2CC platform.

DSC_8979 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and subsequently as it departs for East Didsbury passes 3094 on a northbound 2CC trip .

DSC_8984 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3094 displays Milnrow Via Exchange Square whilst the platform sign says Rochdale Town Centre.

DSC_8986 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Under a threatening sky 3015 crosses Peter Street on its way to Shaw.

DSC_9001 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here even though the incident at Newbold was still in progress 3098 is indicating it is running to Rochdale.

P1220474 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back on Princess Street 3035 southbound and 3104 northbound pass the Town Hall.

P1220488 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3035 catches the sunlight as it rounds the curve into St Peters Square

P1220490 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Just to complete my record of the service changes from Sunday a couple at Deansgate Castlefield showing an Airport service.

3029 arrives from Manchester Airport as a double unit leaves for Altrincham.

DSC_9004 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Many of these passengers had alighted from 3029. 3030 is heading to Milnrow.

DSC_9008 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3029 waits to depart to Manchester Airport.

DSC_9009 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_9013 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Do we know when the Airport services will extend to Victoria?
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Do we know when the Airport services will extend to Victoria?


When the VIM signals at Victoria are switched on.
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Old March 6th, 2017, 02:40 AM   #1636
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Aerial of St.Peter's Sq

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Some great shots from above of the new 2CC...
Many thanks to WingTips and Slow Burn for posting the aerial shots of St.Peters Sq. which I had requested a few days ago.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 10:52 PM   #1637
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A few photos from a walk around the Ordsall Chord project yesterday.

P1220574 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220579 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I still don't like that rusty steel parapet wall.

P1220585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220586 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I noticed a couple of guys working on the brickwork of the arch over the river.

P1220590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trinity Way where as we know one carriageway has been restored to the original route.

P1220594 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220595 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220597 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looks as though a start has been made on restoring the missing parapet walls on Stephensons Bridge.

P1220601 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They have excavated the area behind the hoardings where the arch and plain girders will meet.

P1220609 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the Trinity Way bridges it looks as though perhaps the walls will be cast on site.

P1220618 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They also seem to be building a wall of polystyrene blocks in one of the arches.

P1220622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Salford Central.

P1220628 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220636 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1220637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old March 19th, 2017, 07:36 PM   #1638
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Old March 21st, 2017, 01:11 PM   #1639
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So, I'm looking at the map and I ses plenty of oppotunities to build upon the new tracks. Outer Salford to the Engineering Campus through Princess Street now looks very promising.
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Work continues at pace on the Ordsall Curve....

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