You can add Ordsall too, Piccadilly-Salford Central, I dont know if their doing the bit to Salford Crescent or not though. I also think North Western to Bryn is covered by the Liverpool-Wigan electrification though someone may correct me?
Not Quite. Merseyside will be fully electrified except for 1.Hunts Cross/Widnes/Warrington Central/Trafford Park 2. Bidston-Wrexham and 3. Freight line Edge Hill to L'Pool Docks, resulting in only one none electric local service (Widnes) and some none electric longer distance services (eg Transpennine/East Midlands), by 2016, we'll have more electrified routes than, say, Liverpool.
Alright I'm sorry I made a complete pig's brain of it :lol:
But yeah hopefully the missing gaps, as you say, will be filled in. It makes me cringe to think that all of London's gaps were filled in decades ago and we were left with diesel trains hno:
Oh yeah, that too
Although I realise the stretch from Victoria to Piccadilly won't be ran by Metrolink, what's stopping them putting it on the Metrolink map? They'll be Metro frequency anyway and easy transfer at three stations between Metrolink, very much integrated. You could change the signage at these stations to match Metrolink's colours etc but just not have Metrolink trams running on the line. Metrorail, maybe?
Theres quite a few engineering closures planned for the summer months along the Chatmoss line so hopefully this is related to the forth coming wiring works.
Rumours I've recently heard include the Electric depot being located in Allerton Liverpool in a currently abandoned depot. It may be used in some form or more than likely flattened and a whole new depot built.
Closer to home at Victoria, the new lighting scheme has been designed with electrification in mind and is now positioned further away and lower than the future location of the wires.
With regards to TPE and Northern. By the time the works are complete neither may exist, or more than likely the North will be covered by a monstrous franchise that includes TPE and Northern, making timetabling and rerouting a hell of a lot easier. TPE and Northern Control are already in the same building at Square one.
By the way the oscar9, the 142s were only introduced in 1986 and were designed to run for about 5 or 6 years as a stop gap between better engineered trains. Everyone of those 142's has passed the 1 million mark! They may be a poor ride but they are very easy to fix and without them Manchester's railways would be a hell of a lot more crowded!
Theres no way a car or any other vehicle could do 300 odd miles a day, everyday having the crap nailed out of it bombing along the WCML etc 364 days of the year, with out starting to get a little mechanically and internally tired. Anyway just sticking up for the 142s. Bring on our new electric age.
Network Rail have recently purchased Allerton from DBS. Not sure if existing buildings will be used but will be home for 319s when they arrive.
So with the electrifications going on on the Liverpool - Manchester and the Blackpool & Preston - Manchester lines, as well as the "electrification" of the Oldham Loop Line for Metrolink, this is how the Manchester Railways electrification map should look like in a few years (obviously with the added East Didsbury, Manchester Airport, Ashton & Trafford Centre lines on there which will also have been electrified) :