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Old October 31st, 2019, 12:15 PM   #2021
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I had yet another walk along the Trafford Park Line yesterday to view progress. As I said last time things have slowed down in terms of big changes but there is a lot of what might be termed detailing work in progress along the route.

Starting as usual at Pomona where they are still working on the new viaduct although it wasn't easy to make out what was going on.

P1360155 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360157 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down below the viaduct the paving and fencing work has moved on.

P1360161 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360171 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360172 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looked to me as though the end of the path from Wharfside was visible. At present this path is only surfaced in crushed stone but I would hope it is to be finished with slabs.

P1360163a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Reinstating the original handrailing where it was removed during construction.

P1360165 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I can't make out exactly where the canal side fence is in relation to the edge of the viaduct.

P1360171 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are now TMS VECOM loops in place on the ramp.

P1360178 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The substation compound is now fenced off and it is clear that the concrete steps down to trackside are only for staff access as there is no public access at the top.

P1360179 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360180 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Trafford Road the access arrangements for staff seem to be clearer and also visible on the track in the distance is derailment containment between the rails. From the close up version of the photograph it looks as though the path runs between the canal side railings and the green fence under the viaduct. green fence under the viaduct

P1360184 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360184a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footpath still awaits final paving (hopefully).

P1360186 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A view towards Wharfside and beyond from Trafford Road.

P1050423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050426 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were a couple of guts grouting rail baseplates at Wharf End.

P1050431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The parallel feeder link cables all seem to be connected to the contact wires along here now.

P1050433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footway along Wharf End has now been moved over to the retaining wall side presumably leaving the other side to the contractors working on the new tower blocks.

P1050435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gives some new views along the track.

P1050438 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050442 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Speed signs are starting to appear and the Wharfside 'emergency' crossover has gained position indicators which is unusual for an emergency crossover.

P1050444 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050447 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not much else has changed at Wharfside. Perhaps other than the lamp posts have been finally fix vertical.

P1360193 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west from Wharfside.

P1360196 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360197 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Electrical switching cubicles behind the MPT compound.

P1360203 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The HERAS fencing along Trafford Wharf Road seems to be disappearing. I wonder whether they are getting ready to re-open the west bound side.

P1360206 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360210 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The crossing they were starting to lay last time is now complete and provides access to the footway behind the stop and also to the platform.

P1360213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360219 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360225 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A quick diversion behind Quay West.

P1360234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ceremonial unveiling of the No entry Except Trams signs.

P1360242 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

30 mph along Trafford wharf Road.

P1360243 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

10 mph round the curve into Warren Bruce Road.

P1360251 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360254 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This short section of track awaiting embedding is the location of the special friction modifier equipment for the inbound curve. There is a similar section on Trafford Wharf Road for the outbound line.

P1360257 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I got lucky here whilst chatting to one of the MPT guys. He offered to get me some photographs of the equipment installed so far. There are two separate systems installed. Apparently one is a fairly normal track lubricator and the other is a fluid water based system.

P1360260 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360263 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360264 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fingers crossed it all works as it is supposed to.

Feeder cables connected.

P1360267 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360269 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360271 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

10 mph entry into the turnback.

P1360274 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The PPI is there now for the entrance points and the final bit of concrete embedding is awaited.

P1360276 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360278 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle will follow later today along with Part 3......
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Old October 31st, 2019, 01:44 PM   #2022
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The extended shelter at Cornbrook is long overdue but by god does anyone involved with the project care about design and appearance?
It certainly is overdue yes and I have to say it doesn't look as bad as I expected. To be honest I think you could erect almost anything in the Cornbrook area and it would improve the surroundings . The whole area is appalling, especially those horrendous new brick faced apartment blocks on Chester Road.

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Old October 31st, 2019, 02:09 PM   #2023
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Trafford Park Line walk October 30th Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle. This stretch is probably the least dramatic in terms of visible changes so it may appear I have padded things out a bit.

Village Circle from Village Way. The Pod-Trak elevated platforms are still around.

P1360280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

TMS VECOM loops are appearing, the more of these I see the more I am convinced that there will be no mesh radio along this line.

P1360283 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Village stop

P1360285 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

with VECOM loops

P1360289 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360291 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Continuing west.

P1360292 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360294 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fifth Avenue/CHEP entrance.

P1360295 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360299 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west towards Mosley Road.

P1360301 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The feeders from Praed Road substation are connected now along with surge arrestors.

P1360306 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Praed Road substation, I'm not sure of the correct name for this sub.

P1360307 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Traction return cables still to be connected to the rails.

P1360308 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross track pedestrian crossing near the Exide building.

P1360310 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360312 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360314 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

10 mph across Mosley Road curves.

P1360316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Mosley Road junction.

P1360318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360319 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cycle crossing signals and buttons. The only other place I have noticed these is Phoenix Way just before the stop at Barton Square.

P1360327 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

30 mph along Village Way towards Parkway Circle.

P1360322 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back east walking along Village Way towards Parkway,

P1360330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and now west towards Parkway.

P1360332 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360336 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Landscaping work in progress.

P1360340 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway stop which doesn't seem to have changed for quite a while. I suppose that is inevitable since it advanced quite early on.

P1360339 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360346 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre follows soon.....

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Old October 31st, 2019, 03:08 PM   #2024
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Trafford Park Line walk 30th October Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

Parkway Circle looking east,

P1360350 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and now looking up Parkway.

P1360353 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parallel feeder cables connected at the top of Parkway.

P1360358 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

10 mph across the carriageway at Parkway. it is strange that there seem to be large gaps in the speed signing at present.

P1360361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It will be 20 mph down towards Parkway Circle.

P1360366 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then 40 mph alongside Parkway.

P1360362 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360369 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360368 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is a staged lowering of the speed from 40 mph to 15 mph approaching the curves to Barton Dock Road.

P1360375 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360379 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some highway works on Barton Dock Road have diverted the pedestrian crossing and provided a couple of new viewpoints.

P1360380 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 40 mph speed sign for the inbound section alongside Parkway is just visible. I don't think I would like to use that cycle lane which just seems to peter out.

P1360383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Barton Dock Road.

P1360385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360386 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fibre optic cable splicing in progress.

P1360390 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some promotional banners near Mercury Way. Note the tape covering the stop names at Barton Square and Trafford Centre. I will reveal what is under it shortly.

P1360394 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360395 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360396 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now the stop names.

So what originally seemed to be Event City at some point changed to a more sensible long term alternative of Barton Dock Road. It appears it may be changing again, to what I wonder?

P1360398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It does appear that perhaps the final stop will be called Trafford Centre after all which explains the covered info on one or two stops.

P1360399 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

By the way the tape was already flaking off and I merely exposed enough of the text to illustrate the point. I left it better covered than when I arrived.

25 mph alongside the Holiday Inn.

P1360400 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But I can't recall seeing a sign for the section alongside Event City.

P1360404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I did find inbound speed signage at the Phoenix Way end. 30 mph immediately after Phoenix Way rising to 40 mph so I guess something similar will apply outbound from Mercury Way.

P1360420a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The stop with no name, at Barton Square.

P1360411 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360420 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Distinctive paving.

P1360412 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

PIDS displays switched on under test.

P1360413 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360416 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360417 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360424 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360428 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Barton Dock Road crossing. It appears to be a 10 mph crossing.

P1360430 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From above, there appeared to be a site meeting in progress.

P1360431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360436 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

15 mph alongside the car parks.

P1360440 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching the terminus.

P1360446 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360447 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

10 mph through the crossovers.

P1360448 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All the solid panelled hoardings have now gone right to the end of the site. there is also a new pedestrian crossing now nearer to the platform.

P1360450 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360451 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Connections for the point blocking circuits.

P1360452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360453 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Point controller cabinets.

P1360454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
P1360459 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360461 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They are clearing the worksite beyond the platform.

P1360464 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360465 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360473 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360475 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1360477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Substation and compound.

P1360467 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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