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Old June 6th, 2019, 08:02 PM   #1981
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I decided it was time once again for a walk along the Trafford Park Line today. In the process I met Kermit72 at Village stop.

Anyway in the usual fashion the photos will appear in 3 posts starting with Pomona to Village Circle.

Johnny has already showed us shots from the tram at Pomona I know but for the sake of completeness I will include mine. It looks as though drilling for the rail fixings on the new viaduct may have started as the sides are now clad in green dust mesh fencing.

P1330246 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330247 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is plenty of new cable ducting in place,

P1330244 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and a fair number of rail lengths laying on the slab.

P1330255 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330258 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking towards Trafford Road we see track right through towards Wharfside.

P1330261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still at Pomona part of the power supply equipment has appeared at the substation site.

P1330262 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from Trafford Road track is still being laid onwards towards the new viaduct.

P1330249 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330252 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now looking west towards Wharfside from Trafford Road bridge, concrete was being poured to embed the sleepers.

P1330268 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330269 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330271 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside from Trafford Road.

P1030342 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030343 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It appears as though the plant access ramp between Trafford Road and Wharfside is being removed to allow the missing section of track to be installed.

P1030348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330275 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A welding team in action.

P1330280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They were installing platform lighting columns at Wharfside which rather hampered this zoomed in view along the wharf.

P1030350 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330286 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330288 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330289 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further west the new MPT car park rather obstructs the view.

P1330296 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the lifting bridge I am still trying to make out exactly what the end result will look like. They still seem to be forming the concrete wall between the track bed and canal side walk. Track laying is still to commence.

P1330311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Moving quickly along to Quay West and IWMN stop now. The track swinging in from the wharf side,

P1330297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the IWMN stop itself.

P1330299 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Which as marni showed us now has shelters.

P1330300 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330301 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330308 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Much of the track in Trafford Wharf Road has now been embedded.

P1330306 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With a short length just before the floating track ready to be finished.

P1330318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues on preparing for the floating track bed system.

P1330320 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330323 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Nothing much has changed on Warren Bruce Road. a whole jungle of cable ducting has appeared adjacent to the points at the exit from the siding. Presumably for TMS kit.

P1330325 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330325 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330327 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The final bit around site of the entrance points is still awaited.

P1330331 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle to follow shortly.....
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Old June 6th, 2019, 08:23 PM   #1982
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Trafford Park Line walk Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle.

Village Stop is another area that hasn't changed much visibly recently.

P1330338 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330342 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330344 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway works have resulted in the fencelines being moved over towards the track which improves the chances of getting decent photos.

P1330345 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330347 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond Fifth Avenue the track is progressively being embedded towards Mosley Road.

P1330349 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330350 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some sections still await concrete,

P1330354 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and final connection.

P1330363 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330365 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Mosley Road surfacing was in progress.

P1330367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330371 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

After Mosely Road there is a short gap in the track which then runs through to the top of Parkway as far as I can tell.

P1330377 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330378 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330380 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now at Parkway stop signage has appeared and the stop has a name.

P1330381 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330391 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330392 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330391a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The next part Part 3 will appear shortly......
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Old June 6th, 2019, 08:44 PM   #1983
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Trafford Park Line walk Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

From Parkway Circle there isn't much of the track easily visible once it reaches the top of Parkway. However I did attempt a few shots from the opposite side of the road approaching the site of the canal bridge where I though I could see some signs of track.

P1330397 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330400 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330402 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330405 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330411 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then a quick diversion to look at the bridge.

P1330418 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I usually walk down to Barton Dock Road along the footpath at the bottom of Parkway embankment but today for a change I walked along the roadside footway. In fact quite a bit of the track is visible across the road on the other other side. I was pleasantly surprised how much has been laid.

P1330433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330436 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330439 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down on Barton Dock Road they have yet to lay the curves.

P1330448 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rest of this stretch has been pretty much complete for a while.

P1330452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330456 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Event City stop continues to take shape. Electrical work was in progress today.

P1330457 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330458 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from above.

P1330463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330465 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330476 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330478 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at ground level. Car Park works made some upper level vantage points inaccessible.

P1330480 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still a short gap in the crossover area.

P1330483 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330485 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back up on the car park.

P1330487 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The substation foundations along with foundations for the trackside isolator cubicles.

P1330489 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally some rather poor views from the bus back to town.

P1030357 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030362 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Once again that's all for now.
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Old June 20th, 2019, 08:27 PM   #1984
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I took a trip to Pomona today as I was going to meet a friend in Manchester late morning.

The work to lay the track on the new viaduct continues with more lengths of rail fitted with baseplates ready for fixing down.

P1030429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I would imagine fixing the rails will take some time as there are a whole lot of holes to drill in the bridge deck for all the fixings.

P1030451 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030453 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Zooming in on the shots taken from the top of Pomona Strand I noticed these sections which look rather like wide to gauge derailers. I can't really imagine why they would need them here as they haven't fitted them at the top of the Colgate ramp and in any case the ones on the outbound face the wrong way to protect against runaways. The only place I can recall seeing these previously is at Portmadoc on the Welsh Highland Railway where the narrow gauge line crosses the Network line at grade and they are fitted to the WHR line to protect the Network Rail line.

P1030446a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Those on the inbound look as though they face the opposite way to the outbound.

P1030444a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down adjacent to Exchange Quay stop we noticed that they have fitted a couple of additional trackside isolator cubicles next to the existing pari, one for each track.

This one on the inbound has its own garden gnome

P1030430a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030431a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking along from Trafford Road we can see the rails getting nearer to the foot of the ramp.

P1030432 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They have also fitted insulated rail joints as the track approaches the Trafford Road underpass. It is usual to fit these joints near to the boundary between two lines so that when testing for stray return current it is easy to separate each line from adjacent lines. In normal operation they will be by-passed by bonding cables. These however may have something to do with the special feeding arrangements along Trafford Wharf Road required in the TWAO to satisfy one of the objectors.

P1030437a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The cabinet for the incoming Distribution Network Operator (DNO) supply point has been installed next to where the substation will be located.

P1030439a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally the first two OLE poles have been erected near the foot of the ramp.

P1030434a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old June 27th, 2019, 08:18 PM   #1985
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I reckoned it was time for another look at the Trafford Park Line this week but didn't factor in the change in the weather. Never mind today was the chosen day so here we go with another 3 part survey starting at Pomona as usual.

Track laying continues on the new viaduct although I cannot tell just how much if any is actually fastened down.

P1330598 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This bit certainly isn't.

P1330603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330605 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back from the area near Throstles Nest Bridge we can see that most of the sections are at least laid out.

P1330615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330617 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330621a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030830 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking towards Trafford Road there is always a scaffold pole in the way.

P1330626 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the structure itself a start has been made installing the railings now that the external temporary steelwork has gone.

P1330610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330611 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from Trafford Road.

P1330631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now looking west from Trafford towards Wharfside.

P1330639 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The gap in the track slab has now been closed it seems. The excavator is standing on the new section.

P1330644 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030834 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track can be seen beyond Wharfside and stack of sleepers ready for installation perhaps on the ramp just before the route curves off towards the road.

P1030836 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030839 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030842 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside.

P1330651 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330653 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With its totem.

P1330655 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330658 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now down by Quay West and IWMN.

P1330668 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330680 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A quick diversion onto the wharf to look back east along the route. Sleepers and rail have now appeared on the upper section behind MPT's offices.

P1030847 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trafford Road outside IWMN now with track fully embedded.

P1330678 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330688 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now approaching the floating track slab section where work was in progress with concrete pouring. It's hard to see the construction method here as I think I have missed the main part of the work.

P1330690 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330692 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But I think this may be the upper slab here.

P1330693 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330697 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And I think that this section is that part of the conventional slab which has been in place for some time

P1330701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

We can just make out the sheet material which lies between the two slabs in this shot. It is where the guy spreading concrete is standing.

P1330703 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the bottom of Warren Bruce Road the last bit of rail after the points has now been installed.

P1330704 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330707 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Midway along looking both ways now.

P1330711 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Signals have been installed on the inbound line and at the exit from the siding.

P1330711a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330713 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330715 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the top end the final sections of rail are still to be fitted.

P1330716 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330719 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle to follow....
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Old June 27th, 2019, 08:34 PM   #1986
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Trafford Park Line walk Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle.

Surfacing work continues here.

P1330722 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Tram signals have appeared since my last visit.

P1330724 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work was in progress fitting out Village stop, handrails and signage etc were being fitted.

P1330729 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Including the totem.

P1330732 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330735 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330740 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

West of Fifth Avenue the track is embedded right through to the west of Mosley Road.

P1330741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway works outside CHEP.

P1330743 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330745 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Formwork and reinforcing for the substation base near Praed Road.

P1330753 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330758 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330762 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking east from adjacent to Mosley Road junction. The footways have been rearranged here and allow a better view of the road crossing now.

P1330756 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330771 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330774 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a short gap after Mosley Road.

P1330777 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330779 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330783 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway stop which has most of its handrails etc.

P1330785 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330792 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Traffic loops have been cut in.

P1330791 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre to follow......
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Old June 27th, 2019, 09:00 PM   #1987
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Trafford park Line walk Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

This next section is a bit difficult to see being over the far side of the road, but from what I can make out most of the track seems to be in place and handrails have been fitted to most of the far side as well leaving just those on the bridge to be fitted.

P1330795 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Track and handrails.

P1330800 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Rail welders at work.

P1330803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Rails just visible along the far side.

P1330806 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330807 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A new Armco barrier between the road and the tramway and handrails on the far side of the alignment.

P1330816 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A quick diversion down to the canal shows that there are no permanent handrails yet on the bridge.

P1330818 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back up at track/road level a team were jetting the concrete to provide the exposed aggregate finish.

P1330820 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330822 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track can just be made out as it dips down towards Barton Dock Road.

P1330832 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down at Barton Dock Road we can see that the curves have now been laid.

P1330837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330838 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

OLE poles stored trackside.

P1330843 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Twin track cantilevers have been fitted to many of the poles along this section.

P1330847 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some poles have now got their dunces caps fitted.

P1330857 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330858 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footway around Barton Square/Event City stop has been rerouted giving better views of the work.

P1330861 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330864 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330867 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330870 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330871 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330874 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330879 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the car park traffic signal loop cutting was in progress.

P1330885 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330886 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330892 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looks as though the final sections of rail have been installed at the crossovers.

P1330893 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330895 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330899 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1330900 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The substation base and DNO supply cabinet are in place.

P1330903 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now finally from the X50 bus back to town to get a tram back to Ashton (no such luck ).

P1030853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030857 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030859 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1030864 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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These are some photos of 1st generation tram system -






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those were the routes of old tram -

13 Albert Sq. - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Brooks' Bar - Chorlton - Southern Cemetery
19 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Denton - Hyde
20 Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood - Oldham - Waterhead
21 Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood [Rush hours only]
23 Chorlton - Brooks' Bar - Hulme - Stretford Rd. - [Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] [back: Princess St. - Cavendish St.] - Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood
27D (1) Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Park [Rush hour and special services]
27D (2) Birchfields Rd. - Rusholme - Great Western St. [back: Moss Lane East] - Brooks' Bar - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Park [Rush hour and special services]
30 Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Bridge
32 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - West Gorton - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Reddish Bull’s Head
33 Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.] - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Reddish Bull’s Head - Reddish Vale Rd.
35 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport - Hazel Grove
35B Albert Sq. - Princess St. [back: Cavendish St. - Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport
35C Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.] - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport
36 Albert Sq. - St. Peter's Sq. - City Rd. - Hulme - Princess Rd. - Southern Cemetery
37 Southern Cemetery - Chorlton - Old Trafford - Chester Rd. - Deansgate - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.)
37A Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Heaton Moor Rd. [Rush hours only]
37B Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.].- London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.) [Rush hours only]
37E Grosvenor St. - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.) [Rush hours only]
38 Albert Sq. - Princess St.[back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - West Point - Fallowfield
38B Albert Sq. - Princess St.[back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - West Point - Mauldeth Rd. [Rush hours only]
39 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - West Point - East Didsbury
40 Albert Sq. - Princess St. [back: Cavendish St. - Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Rusholme - Birchfields Rd. - East Didsbury
42F Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Oxford Rd. - Platt Lane [Football specials only]
44 Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Oxford Rd. - Princess Rd. - Southern Cemetery
48B Piccadilly - Market St. - Deansgate - Chester Rd. - Old Trafford - Warwick Rd. [Rush hours only]

click this link for a map -

http://tundria.com/trams/GBR/Manchester-1944.php
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I thought I'd take another look at the Trafford Park Line today.
I'll present a selection of my photographs as usual in 3 parts starting at Pomona.

from the platform end at Pomona it now looks as though only a short section of rail on each line remains to be fixed in place.

P1340052 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340053 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There has been a little landscaping adjacent to the first pier of the bridge

P1340063 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Pomona Strand near to Throstles Nest Bridge the track on the ramp looks pretty much complete.

P1340070 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340071 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Although there appear to be a number of temporary Acrow props in place on the inbound side.

P1040199 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a short gap between the ramp and the track in place heading west.

P1340077 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040206 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340080 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I can't quite figure out what is to happen to the nice paved walkway alongside the line as it approaches the crossing at the bottom of the ramp. It looks as though it will become very narrow if the width of the stone base is anything to go by although the plans show it being a lot wider. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

P1340081 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340084 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west from Trafford Road the gap where that access ramp had been has now been filled.

P1340090 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340092 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040211 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They were working on the track in that section today.

P1040215 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040216 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340098 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There seemed to be plenty of activity west of Wharfside stop as well.

P1040218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking through Wharfside stop to the track beyond.

P1040225 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040226 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lying by the stop here are two half sets of grooved rail switches and four point machine boxes. I am assuming that since Wharfside crossover seems complete the switches are for the top end of Warren Bruce Road and the point machines are for both Wharfside and Warren Bruce Road.

P1340103 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside

P1340104 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340107 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The route west of Wharfside.

P1340112 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340113 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking east from the lifting footbridge it looks as though the track for the outbound line is in place on the higher level section now.

P1040230 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040233 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But not on the inbound side yet.

P1040234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back on Trafford Wharf Road adjacent to Quay West and IWMN stop they have constructed a plant crossing over the track.

P1340121 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues at IWMN stop with traffic signals and a totem.

P1340124 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340126 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340128 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340135 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340137 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340149 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along Trafford Wharf Road much of the track has been in place for a while.

P1340146 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340151 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new section of what will hopefully be relatively vibration and noise free track near to ITV Studios.

P1340153 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340155 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340157 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It was here that the rain suddenly decided to appear and give me a good short sharp soaking. Anyway I'd gone too far to give up so I just plodded on.

Warren Bruce Road has sprouted a few signals now.

P1340158 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340159 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A low timber fence is being installed alongside the turnback.

P1340162 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The turnback still awaits the points at the top end.

P1340170 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As marni told us Village Circle has acquired OLE poles.

P1340163 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But what I hadn't realised is that traffic is now using the carriageway through the roundabout.

P1340166 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle follows shortly.....
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Trafford Park Line review Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle.

Village Circle seen from Village Way.

P1340174 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340177 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From here heading west there has been some good progress as far as Parkway stop.

Tram signals at Village Circle.

P1340182 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340184 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Poles as far as the eye can see.

P1340178 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340189 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340192 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A pole of a different type. I think they have got wind of the fact that someone wants a totem of a certain East Manchester stop as all the stops are now being fitted with the usual temporary CCTV and security kit.

P1340193 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340196 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More OLE poles on the way to Fifth Avenue.

P1340198 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340201 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Yet more beyond Fifth Avenue towards Mosley Road.

P1340204 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340205 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footway now runs on the north side of the track from fifth Avenue to Mosley Road.

P1340206 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340207 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The CHEP Office car park seem complete and some soft landscaping has been done.

P1340208 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340210 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340212 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Insulated rail joints and bonding opposite the site of the middle substation.

P1340214 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340216 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340219 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching Mosley Road.

P1340221 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340223 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back from Mosley Road.

P1340225 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Mosley Road junction.

P1340227 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340230 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a short gap in the track.

P1340233 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now on the approach to Parkway stop. Guess what, more poles all the way to Parkway Circle.

P1340234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340239 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340247 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Note the green CCTV/security equipment which seems to be appearing at every stop.

P1340252 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Poles through Parkway Circle.

P1340249 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre to follow in a bit......
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Trafford Park Line review Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre

On the Parkway side of Parkway Circle now.

P1340253 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340254 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340256 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The OLE poles are in place to the point where the track crosses Parkway.

P1340258 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340259 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was some work on the site of the Park and Ride but what they were doing I am not sure.

P1340261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340265 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track alongside Parkway isn't easy to see but it seems to be in place from the road crossing right through to Barton Dock Road. The rails can just about be seen if you look very carefully

P1340270 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340274 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340285 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There isn't much new to see from the Bridgewater Canal.

P1340276 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The Barton Dock Road curves.

P1340289 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Holiday Inn/ Mercury Way.

P1340294 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340295 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It was from Mercury Way to Phoenix Way that I got myself into a little trouble. I didn;t realise that the footway alongside the track was closed for surfacing despite all the obvious signs . Only when I noticed that the bus stops were closed did I realise. I did get a mild rebuke from one of the traffic management guys but he was very polite about it. anyway it did result in these photos.

P1340297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340299 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back in the public access area now.

P1340300 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340302 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Event City stop.

P1340303 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From above now.

P1340312 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340325 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340320 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching the terminus now.

P1340329 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340331 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340335 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was a concrete pour in progress at the crossovers.

P1340337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340339 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340341 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340341 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340345 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340346 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340347 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340349 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340350 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The substation site.

P1340353 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the X50 bus home now.

A little soft landscaping at Event City.

P1040236 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040239 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040243 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040245 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That's all for now. Thanks for looking. It's likely to be at least 3 weeks before I get the chance for another end to end walk.
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Having put my enforced break from photographic expeditions behind me I had another walk through Trafford Park today and just managed to escape the rain.

Once again I will post the results in 3 parts starting with Pomona to Village Circle.

At Pomona the final rails are still to be installed at the interface between the existing and new lines. This is possibly to avoid any problems with stray return currents etc before all the electrical bonding is completed.

P1340355 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340357 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Walking along Pomona Strand I noticed that the areas under the viaduct have mostly been cleared now.

P1340368 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were visible signs of the effects of last weekends high water levels in the Bridgewater Canal. It looks as though the water overtopped the bank onto the path along here.

P1340363 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340364 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On a more positive note work seems to be in progress installing fibre optic cables at a number of locations now. This work under Pomona stop looked very much like fibre splicing to me. There was another similar set up on the viaduct just before the stair tower approaching Pomona from Cornbrook.

P1340360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The installation of railings along the viaduct continues.

P1340369 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track on the ramp still has what look like temporary Acrow props in place.

P1340371 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340374 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west under Trafford Road.

P1340375 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340376 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a short gap in the rails at the bottom of the ramp.

P1340378 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now a look from Trafford Road itself.

P1340383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Railings being installed alongside the footway.

P1340384 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I still haven't worked out what the paved footpath will look like along here. It doesn't appear that it is going to be full width.

P1340388 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west the Wharfside route is looking good and two new towers are appearing.

P1340391 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside stop.

P1040249 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040251 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside crossover.

P1040253 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040256 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The line describes quite a curving route along Wharfside.

P1040258 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040260 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is another gap where I think the route climbs slightly.

P1040265 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside stop.

P1340404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340406 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back from the lifting footbridge towards Wharfside the track on the raised section is visible.

P1040268 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040269 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As marni says poles have appeared on Trafford Wharf Road at Quay West/IWMN and the stop area was a hive of industry this morning with cable pulling and various other activities in progress.

P1340422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340428 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Continuing west along Trafford Wharf Road there are poles for some distance.

P1340440 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More cabling being brought in.

P1340443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trackwork continues around IWMN/ ITV.

P1340447 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340449 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340450 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Warren Bruce Road has sprouted poles as well like marni says.

P1340453 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The thing showing above the 3rd pole is actually a lighting tower up near to Village Circle.

P1340454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340456 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340458 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340459 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The top points are still to be installed on Warren Bruce Road along with the final part of the outbound curve.

P1340467 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More cabling installation at Village Circle.

P1340465 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle will follow soon......

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Metrolink Trafford Park Line walk part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle.

We saw last time that there were quite a lot of OLE poles in place along Village Way. These now extend right through to Parkway stop and beyond with one or two gaps.

P1340471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340474 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340475 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340480 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cable and draw rope work at Village stop equipment room.

P1340481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340483 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340486 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond Fifth Avenue poles continue toward Mosley Road.

P1340491 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another lorry load of OLE poles on delivery.

P1340493 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340499 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the substation site near Praed Road.

P1340497 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
Surfacing is still in progress at Mosley Road.

P1340502 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back towards Village.

P1340505 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Mosley Road junction.

P1340507 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another short gap in the rails here.

P1340509 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340513 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340515 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Continuing west towards parkway stop a number of the poles now have their arms and fittings.

P1340520 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340521 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340525 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340529 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway stop.

P1340537 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway Circle.

P1340540 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Metrolink Trafford Park Line walk part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

Beyond Parkway stop the installation of poles has continued and many have cantilever arms and fittings.

P1340543 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340546 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340548 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They continue through the crossing at the top of Parkway.

P1340550 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Walking up alongside Parkway I was pleasantly surprised to see that MPT are working on some clearance of the footpath.

P1340553 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Auto tensioners on two poles at the top of Parkway.

P1340556 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I could just make out the track approaching the highway crossing.

P1340561 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340563 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The OLE poles continue alongside Parkway and over the Bridgewater Canal bridge.

P1340566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340571 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not quite so easy to distinguish further along.

P1340578 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the curve alongside the slip road from Barton Dock Road onto Parkway.

P1340580 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along Barton Dock Road most now have their arms and fittings.

P1340581 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footpaths surfacing has now been completed.

P1340592 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More auto tensioners and a headspan near Phoenix Way.

P1340594 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340595 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340596 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Event City or whatever it might become.

P1340599 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Barton Dock Road crossing.

P1340601 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340602 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A few from above now.

P1340608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340611 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340614 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340616 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back to ground level.

P1340625 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340626 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I took advantage of the fact that the solid hoardings were being removed along Barton Dock Road and the terminus approach.

P1340627 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340629 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340632 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some of these had to be taken from ground level as the stair tower near the terminus is currently closed.

P1340633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340634 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340636 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340638 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It was now just starting to rain so I had got away without a soaking.

P1340640 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

No photos from the bus though as by the time the X50 departed it was pouring down so photos were not an option.

One thing is fairly obvious, a lot of the work now in progress is of the less visible cabling and fitting out type which is the usual thing at this stage.
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Fantastic stuff Steve as always, many thanks for all the time and effort you put into this.
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Meanwhile at Pomona on the TPL...

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Looks like the track is now connected at Pomona. At least the outbound appears to be to my inexpert eye. The inbound not quite there yet.....

_dsc8044 by Vincent Lowe, on Flickr

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I had another walk along the Trafford Park Line today. As usual I took far too many photographs so I will share a selection of them here in my usual 3 part format.

This first part covers Pomona to Village Circle. .

As I suggested earlier it appears that at least part of last weekends work involved installation of TMS equipment trackside. In this photograph the new signal and point indicator on the outbound line at the junction can be seen along with axle counter heads and electronics. The indicator is hiding behind an OLE pole.

P1340733 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Loweskid pointed out last week the rails on the outbound do seem to be connected now although I think they may be temporarily fishplated with clamps. The facing point machine is visible.

P1340737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Inbound the point machine has been fitted and the two protecting signals and SPAS beacons are in position. It isn't easy to tell if the rails are connected through as they are covered in plastic sheeting but I wonder whether this is to protect the resin bases from rain if they were poured over the weekend.

P1340738 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340739 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The Eccles line signal is visible on the viaduct in this photo.

P1340744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the Trafford Park line signal post is visible just by the yellow van.

P1340741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another shot which shows the Trafford Park Line signal on the new viaduct.

P1340746 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking up the ramps from Throstles Nest. I don't know what that white post is that is in between the two lines.

P1340753 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Although I couldn't see the track at the bottom of the ramp properly it does look as though the inbound line might be continuous now.

P1340755 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340757 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Even from Trafford Road I couldn't quite tell. More rail has been placed on the outbound as well although there is still a gap.

P1340767 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One or two more poles have been erected along this section.

P1340765 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340764 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west from Trafford Road.

Plenty of OLE poles along here now.

P1040278 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Right along the wharf to the curves into Trafford Wharf Road it seems.

P1040280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The Wharfside crossover

P1040283 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040292 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I hadn't noticed these wharf side steps before. There seem to be two sets of them.

P1040293 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1040297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this we can see the track curving off towards Quay West/IWMN where the guys with the theodolite are.

P1040305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside

P1340776 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Couldn't get a better view of this area due to on site plant being in use today.

P1340777 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A couple of attempts to see the track along the wharf behind MPT's site offices, not very successful though.

P1340780 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340782 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching Quay West and IWMN stop the northern footway has been reopened giving views of the track coming in from the wharf side.

P1340787 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340791 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340793 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340795 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Taken from the lifting bridge behind Quay West.

P1040307 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I tried always to get a shot showing the curves from the wharfside but failed miserably.

P1040316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trafford Wharf Road now where more poles have been erected and work is continuing on embedding the final sections of track. Cable pulling was being carried out here at at a few more locations.

P1340801 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340805 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Poles and cantilevers have appeared on Warren Bruce Road.

P1340807 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340808 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340811 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340821 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340823 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also the points at the top end of Warren Bruce Road are now in place, just a short section of the siding curve remains to be fitted.

P1340827 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The poles through Village Circle have now had cantilevers fitted.

P1340832 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle to follow......
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Metrolink Trafford Park Line walk through Part 2 Village Circle to Parkway Circle.

Looking back through Village Circle.

P1340839 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and on through Village stop where arms are now fitted to the poles.

P1340841 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340843 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fifth Avenue.

P1340854 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340856 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Insulated joints opposite the substation site.

P1340858 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340859 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first permanent foot crossing near Praed Road.

P1340864 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching Mosley Road junction. Traffic signal work in progress.

P1340866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340869 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The gap in the track west of Mosley road seems to have been closed now.

P1340871 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340875 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back east.

P1340880 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Concrete pouring for embedding work in progress.

P1340884 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340885a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond here towards Parkway stop not a lot has changed really as work was fairly well advanced anyway.

P1340888 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340889 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340892 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It looked to me as though fibre optic cable splicing was underway at Parkway stop.

P1340893 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340897 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A view through Parkway Circle.

P1340896 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It was at this point that I felt the first drops of rain

Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre will appear shortly......
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Metrolink Trafford Park Line walk through Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

Looking back across Parkway Circle,

P1340901 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and up Parkway.

P1340903 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Walking up Parkway they are still working of refurbishing the footway, this does give opportunities for photographs showing the track on the far side.

P1340899 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340906 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rain started to make its presence felt now.

P1340909 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340913 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340917 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340915 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340920 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now on Barton Dock Road showing the other end of the ramp up to the canal bridge.

P1340923 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340926 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Mercury Way. The OLE team seemed to be giving up for a break.

P1340927 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Note the TMS VECOM loop fitted at the traffic signals.

P1340928 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340932 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A rather wet Event City.

P1340935 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340942 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving work in progress.

P1340937 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking under the footbridge towards the terminus.

P1340938 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the bridge it was only possible to take photographs looking back towards Parkway because of the rain on the glass looking the other way.

P1340943 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340945 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340950 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340956 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Signal and point indicator poles have started to appear at the crossovers.

url=https://flic.kr/p/2h1wExr][/url]P1340961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340962 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340963 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 3 sets of chambers for the points locking circuits.

P1340964 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the distance to the right of the track are the point control cabinets.

P1340965 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ongoing work on the car park restricts access to a couple of the stair towers but ground level views are possible.

P1340966 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340967 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340972 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340973 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back above.

P1340968 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340970 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the X50 bus back to town.

P1340975 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340977 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looks like the OLE gang are back at work now.

P1340979 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340980 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340981 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1340982 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That's all for this trip, thanks for looking.
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