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Old September 21st, 2017, 12:10 PM   #1681
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An update on the Crumpsall works...

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A few photos from Crumpsall today.

Formwork for the new inbound platform ramp has started to appear. The base slab has also been cast since my last visit a couple of weeks ago.

P1240505 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Excavations continue for the ramp at the end of the outbound platform.

P1240506 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240513 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is now a row of what appear to be OLE mast foundations along the route of the approach curve of the new siding.

P1240512 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old September 21st, 2017, 09:07 PM   #1682
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Some pics on the Ordsall Curve project...

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 11:20 AM   #1683
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Update on the new Trafford Park Line...

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 07:52 PM   #1684
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The local transport authority don't see the University of Manchester corridor as suitable for light rail, which is probably fair given the model they're following. Simply put, there's no space for an off road alignment anywhere south of the University, so trams would be very unlikely to be able to improve journey times to the southern suburbs. TfGM have instead placed bus priority at the centre of their plans here, and the three Universities are currently linked by Manchester's only BRT route. It's not a great solution at present, but TfGM hope to take over management of the bus network from the private operators in the next few years, which might mean more suitable vehicles for the inner city sections arrive at some point.

As Freel07 says Salford is a better medium term possibility, as it sits on the alignment of a potential route to Wigan.
Oxford Road corridor into the city centre then out to Salford Uni would seem a good option for a first underground metro line in Manchester to me.

Might happen by 2067...
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 12:59 PM   #1685
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Some great pics from Freel Trams in the CC...


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Some photos around the City Centre yesterday afternoon.

At Withy Grove to start off.

P1240526 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Through Exchange Square

P1240527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240531 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A walk up to Market Street followed.

P1240533 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240540 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Round to the Delta.

P1240546 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240555 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240560 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240569 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then down Mosley Street to St Peters Square.

P1240590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240591 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240600 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

St Peters Square

P1240612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240623 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240628 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240629 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then back to Victoria via Princess and Cross Streets.

P1240631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240639 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240648 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240651 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240666 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240673 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally an all electric shots at Withy Grove.

P1240677 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old September 24th, 2017, 08:23 PM   #1686
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Photo's of Crumpsall work for new bay platform part of new Trafford Centre line which is plans to terminate at this stop.

Shots from Manchester platform at Crumpsall





Shots from Crumpsall car park from Bury platform.









Shots from Crumpsall platform.





Old crossover at Crumpsall



3007 tram arrivalling into Crumpsall stop.





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Old September 25th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #1687
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How long are the Crumpsall works expected to last ?
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Old September 25th, 2017, 07:58 PM   #1688
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How long are the Crumpsall works expected to last ?


Phase 1 expected to finish March 2018
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Phase 1 expected to finish March 2018
Ah ok ..thanks for the info
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A superb photo of the Ordsall Curve works....

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Courtesy of Kevin Booth on Facebook (and with permission)

180 panoramic of The Ordsall Chord. Taken on a dji Spark from 40m above the canal basin on Middlewood Site.
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A set of shots from the Ordsall Chord today.

After seeing on the main Chord thread that some of the OLE wiring is now up I had a walk around the project today starting at the New Bailey end.

P1240699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240700 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240702 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down on Trinity Way a couple of wiring end terminations can be seen now.

P1240710 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240712 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240716 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240714 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240718 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240719 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240725 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Neither of the 'swooshes' seem to be welded in place yet, assuming that they will eventually be.

P1240726 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240763 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Unfortunately the wiring doesn't show too well against the sky.

P1240730 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240731 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New stone stringer course in place on the old bridges now. Just visible below the red and white barriers.

P1240727 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240733 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240736 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the other side of the viaduct.

P1240741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The jungle of OLE structures and wiring at the junction. (What have they called this new junction? I know I have seen the name somewhere but can't remember it)

P1240744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Water Street

P1240749 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240755 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New paved area in front of the apartments at the junction of Water Street and Liverpool Road.

P1240756 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240758 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from Salford Central Station.

P1240772 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240773 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240779 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1240781 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old September 29th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #1692
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Hey all, and thanks to WingTips for informing me of this thread and suggesting I share some of my photography I have done of various bits of transport around Greater Manchester.

I'll start off with a couple from the Ordsall Curve site and a panoramic image of the works underway (taken a week or two before it was wired up)


Ordsall Curve Panoramic Image by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Ordsall Curve by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

And now, First Manchester are currently trialling a new all electric Volvo 7900e in a UK first. The bus charges up using a pantograph type device, installed at Shudehill Interchange, the charges the batteries up. The pantograph drops down onto two metal bars at the front of the buses roof, see image two below.


First Manchester Volvo 7900e demo LF67EVV by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


First Manchester Volvo 7900e demo LF67EVV by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Anyone who doesn't look on Greater Manchester Transport Projects thread's may be interesting in this.

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In the shops now!

Hot off the press in this silver anniversary year is our own Mark Ovenden’s latest work of transport history and design: “Metrolink – The first 25 years.”

Having read it through at speed, I must say a terrific amount of work has gone into the 128 pages (approx. ‘Quarto’ size if memory serves! - just less than A4) with lots of colour photos and diagrams at every turn. And good value at £12.95 hardback. Can’t wait to settle down with it on a Winter’s night . . .

This book certainly belongs right up there with the classic literature of the system, redolent of and even expanding on the work of pioneering giants such as David Holt, John Senior, Eric Ogden, Steve Hyde and Tony Young, and more recent erudite commentaries by Andy Coward and our own late Barry Worthington.

I know that Mark spent many hours of research in museum archives and reference collections, and as someone who has been immersed in Metrolink myself since its inception, I can say that he has uncovered some fascinating documents, pictures and intricate plans that I had never seen before, and all in a readable and engaging style.

With section headings in the Metrolink House style of yellow & dotted white signboards (now to be found on every station except Edge Lane . . . ) Mark overlooks very little - from the horses of the c19, through the Picc-Vic and Portillo years; the organic augmentations of Phases One, Two and Three, and a good way into the future, culminating in Ed Howes’ elaborate network diagram projected to c2040!

Here’s a few tasters :-











Surely a must for any Metrolink enthusiast’s bookshelf?

Waterstones and MDS Books are selling this for £12.95. Amazon are also selling this book for £12.95 but look like they sold out.

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https://www.waterstones.com/book/met.../9781854144157

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Saw the Manchester Metrolink "Spirit of MCR" seen on the East Didsbury to Shaw and Crompton line. Named after the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena on the 22nd May 2017 and I do hope it becomes a permanent memorial.


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 "Spirit of MCR" #WeStandTogether #WeLoveMCR by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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A couple from me today.

Starting with the 7900e demonstrator that's still on demonstration for Metroshuttle 2. Seen crossing across onto Dale Street heading for Piccadilly Rail Station

First Manchester LF67EVV by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Then across on Chorlton Street I went to see the Transdev Buses and met up with the WitchWay bus on the Dales Bus service to Grassington via Burnley and Skipton. Not long until another Transdev service runs from here, CityZap running Manchester to Leeds via Ainley Top (Huddersfield/Halifax) with another stop in Chadderton. Best thing is ENCTS passes will be valid for use on this new service much alike the other Transdev CityZap service running Leeds to York. Meaning if you have a ENCTS pass you can get to York from Manchester for FREE in around 2 and half hours.

Transdev WitchWay BF63HCO by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Then across to Princess Street to see a Vantage Bus before I made my way home. So here's one of the new 66 plate Vantage guideway buses bought for extra capacity and to allow the service to run to the Central Manchester hospitals across near the Curry Mile (Rusholme)

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They've glamorised the witch in the Witch Way logo, shorter skirt and red stilettos. Looks like someone from the 60s comedy "Bewitched".
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They've glamorised the witch in the Witch Way logo, shorter skirt and red stilettos. Looks like someone from the 60s comedy "Bewitched".
That happened late 2013 when they renewed the WitchWay with them new Wright buses
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That happened late 2013 when they renewed the WitchWay with them new Wright buses
Shows how much I've been out of touch. I remember the old logo being a silhouette of a witch on a broomstick.
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Firstly an apology for keep forgetting to post updates on various projects on this thread and thanks to WingTips for standing in when needed.

Now Part 1 of a 3 part survey of Metrolink Trafford Park Line progress taken last week.

Starting at Pomona I'll post some photos in 3 sets.

As Johnny showed us a while ago they have removed some of the concrete upstands where the junction will be installed on Pomona Viaduct. When Phase 2 was built this was known as Junction Bridge, not sure whether that name remains. I am assuming that the trackform here for the new line may be different to what was used on Phase 2.

P1110321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110323 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down on Pomona Strand there is now a significant development. The first new pier for the new viaduct has been cast. Is this the first solid item of the new infrastructure?

P1110338 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking at it from alongside Pomona Strand it stands at quite an angle to the existing structure. But perhaps this is to allow for the alignment of the highway under the new bridge.

P1110339 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back along the Strand the new pier can just be made out under the crane jib. The competition was much in evidence today on the canal.

P1110344 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Trafford Road where we can see the piling and also a drainage chamber which seems to have been raised quite a lot.

P1110348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110350 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Across Trafford Road and Sam Platts site has been completely cleared now.

P1110352 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Trafford Wharf Road it becomes apparent that they are raising the level of the formation, perhaps that's why that chamber is raised so much.

P1110361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along demolition is well advanced now.

P1110372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110378 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

MPT have taken over the one remaining building as a site office. How long this will remain will be interesting as it seems to stand on the route.

P1110373 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is the location where the line leaves the waterfront to access Trafford Wharf Road. Most of the spoil being used for raising the formation seems to be coming from this site which is where the demolition spoil is processed.

P1110391 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110393 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110407 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The site of Quay West stop.

P1110404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The route now enters the highway.

P1110402 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looks as though the fence along the IWM car park has been realigned.

P1110400 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the junction of Warren Bruce Road the landtake for the curve is fenced off.

P1110415 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All the unofficial car parking has been cleared.

P1110423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and it looks very much as though the highway is now fenced off in its final width to allow sufficient width for the 3 track arrangement.

P1110423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110430 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up at Village Circle work seems to be in progress to create a path through the roundabout.

P1110432 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110436 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More to follow soon....
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Trafford Line Part 2 Village Circle to Park Circle.

Looking along Village Way to the site of Village Stop.

P1110439 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110442 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Anyone know if anything is happening with the old hotel as the site alongside seems to be screened off.

P1110443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110450 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

After Village stop it seems to go through the transport depot by taking a narrow strip of land.

P1110446 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110447 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the west end of the depot where it will then run alongside the road which is somewhat realigned to the south.

P1110455 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It seems to run right in front of the building on the right.

P1110457 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the roadway has been moved south to gain some room.

P1110466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond Mosley Road there are some pretty hefty utility works in progress.

P1110472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110473 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along the land in the centre of the road is now in the hands of MPT and the utility companies all the way to Park Circle.

P1110479 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110482 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1110486 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Park Circle, the section immediately east of the roundabout seems to be in the hands of a gas diversion contractor.

P1110495 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking across the roundabout towards Park Way.

P1110492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Final part to come.....
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