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I know these photos are rather old and out of date but i forgot to post them before Christmas. They are the set I posted over on the Metrolink Extensions thread on December 19th which Johnny referred to above.

Right now to pick from my earlier taster shot. As I mentioned above I though Trafford Wharf Road starting at IWMN might provide some decent shots and here are the results.

After hanging around like Johnny for around an hour or so I was eventually rewarded. I had some prior notice as I had been chatting to the MPT chaps at the stop and they told me when 3105 left Pomona. I did also have some info from an insider onboard.

DSC_1637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1641 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They briefly paused here whilst the UTC chaps set the road signals to red to allow a safe crossing.

DSC_1643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gave me chance to get across the road to get some shots as they crossed into the centre of the road. You may just make out one of the UTC folks at the signal controller.

DSC_1647 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As there were a few staff walking ahead and also the UTC team needed to get to Warren Bruce Road progress was sedate which was great for me.

DSC_1650 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1653 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1655 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1660 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another wait whilst the lights were set to red.

DSC_1663 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off they go.

DSC_1664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up Warren Bruce Road again at a sedate speed. I thought I might lose them now but I managed to chase them a little further.

DSC_1667 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050906 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off across Village Circle.

P1050912 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That was enough for me.
 

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Before Christmas there was a daylight run for the elected Mayor of the Manchester Combnied Authority along the Trafford Park Line. I posted photos on the Metrolink Extension thread but omitted to post them on here. Apologies for the omission and here is the original post, better late than never.

I thought Trafford Wharf Road starting at IWMN might provide some decent shots and here are the results.

After hanging around like Johnny for around an hour or so I was eventually rewarded. I had some prior notice as I had been chatting to the MPT chaps at the stop and they told me when 3105 left Pomona. I did also have some info from an insider onboard.

DSC_1637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1641 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They briefly paused here whilst the UTC chaps set the road signals to red to allow a safe crossing.

DSC_1643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gave me chance to get across the road to get some shots as they crossed into the centre of the road. You may just make out one of the UTC folks at the signal controller.

DSC_1647 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As there were a few staff walking ahead and also the UTC team needed to get to Warren Bruce Road progress was sedate which was great for me.

DSC_1650 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1653 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1655 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1660 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another wait whilst the lights were set to red.

DSC_1663 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off they go.

DSC_1664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up Warren Bruce Road again at a sedate speed. I thought I might lose them now but I managed to chase them a little further.

DSC_1667 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1050906 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off across Village Circle.

P1050912 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That was enough for me.
 

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I had another walk along the Trafford Park Line yesterday, probably my last before it is handed over for daytime test and training running.

Once again I didn't really expect any great changes as it has reached the stage where all the exciting stuff is done.

Once again I will post the photographs in 3 stages to make things easier to read starting with Pomona to Village Circle as usual.

At Pomona not much other than rusty rails to see.

P1370331 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370335 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

However down below on Pomona Strand all the temporary fencing along the road has now gone and we can once again walk along the road side.

P1370347 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

However the newly paving area under the viaduct is still fenced off.

P1370351 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370357 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370358 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370362 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This has opened up a new view of the ramp.

P1370363 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370365 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370369 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370370 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This work group appeared to be working on one of the rail expansion joints.

P1370367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Trafford Road Bridge. Note that the trackside footpath isn't paved, it is simply hardcore. Whether this is permanent remains to be seen.

P1370374 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west over Wharfside.

P1060298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060300 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Wharf End.

P1060311 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060312 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060317 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharfside stop where there were still some folks working.

P1370386 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

If you look to the right hand side of this photo you may make out two poles which carried one of the outbound stop name boards which have now been removed.

P1370387 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trams to the Trafford Centre. Note the gap.

P1370389 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370392 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More planting has taken place alongside the wharfside walk.

P1370397 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370400 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further west near Quay West tidying up and fencing are still in progress.

P1370410 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IWMN signs are still covered up but the stop name now appears on the shelter coving panels and it is Imperial War Museum no 'North'. Also the recently placed TVMs were being worked on.

P1370416 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370418 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370421 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not a very good picture from the end of the lifting bridge but the repairs to the wharfside paving are complete and it looks as though there is still some fencing to complete where the levels change. Note the speed signage and what appears to be a coasting sign which to me seems to be where the section insulators are for the end of the special feeding section.

P1060322 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the side of the wall supporting the tramway they have installed lettering (or some of it) with the location Trafford Wharf. Someone must have forgotten the 'O' :lol: or can't spell.

P1060326 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060327 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trafford Wharf Road, from here on most of the track is accessible now.

P1370425 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370438 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the corner of Warren Bruce Road there was a drainage team working, Lanes for Drains and United Utilities.

P1370440 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Man looking down hole!

P1370441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370442 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The trailing points from the pocket track.

P1370446 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lineside planting along Warren Bruce Road.

P1370445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370449 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370457 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370461 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Village Circle where there seemed to be some further landscaping underway.

P1370465 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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

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

Landscaping on the western side of Village Circle.

P1370469 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The footpath along the rear of Village stop is now open.

P1370473 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370475 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Village stop.

P1370479 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Outbound stop name board removed.

P1370483 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370486 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking west from Village stop.

P1370488 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fifth Avenue.

P1370493 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370494 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370504 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370507 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One thing I noticed is the pole numbering as seen here at Praed Road feeders. The normal format uses the line name for the first character (for instance A for Ashton Line) followed by a letter indicating the side of the track (U=outbound, S= centre and I= inbound) followed by a chainage. Does PU 06/115 allow for the Port Salford extension I wonder.

P1370509 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Praed Road substation.

P1370511 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370515 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Mosley Road.

P1370519 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370535 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again the removal of the temporary fencing has improved the views between Mosley Road and Parkway.

P1370534 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370538 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370539 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370541 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway stop in the background.

P1370546 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370550 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway stop where there seemed to be some form of inspection in progress.

P1370554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It's not immediately obvious but again here the outbound stop name boards have been removed.

P1370556 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370560 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370563 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway Circle.

P1370568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Part 3 will follow this evening.......
 

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Trafford Park Line walk through Part 3 Parkway Circle to Trafford Centre.

At Parkway Circle it does look as though work has started on the Park and Ride car park now. I know I had suggested this previously but things do seem to be happening now.

P1370572 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370574 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370576 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370586 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway Circle south west side.

P1370577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Parkway.

P1370581 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The traffic lights at the top of Parkway are in and working.

P1370590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370600 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There's not a lot to see alongside Parkway between the lights and Barton Dock Road.

P1370603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370606 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Sadly as predicted the new canal bridge abutments have suffered graffiti attacks. At least they match the road bridge abutments now :eek:hno:

P1370608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370609 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They have planted trees alongside the retaining walls.

P1370617 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back up at road level. The approach to the Barton Dock Road curve.

P1370621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from Barton Dock Road.

P1370625 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again the temporary fences have been removed now along Barton Dock Road.

P1370628 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370632 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370640 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370644 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370649 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Phoenix Way junction with the as yet un-named stop beyond.

P1370656 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370658 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were a couple of guys installing a TVM base on the inbound platform.

P1370663 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Barton Dock Road crossing

P1370664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from above.

P1370665 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370666 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370672 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again temporary fencing no more!

P1370674 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370675 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the redevelopment in front of Selfridges.

P1370676 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370709 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370712 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The approach to Trafford Centre stop.

P1370677 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370678 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370683 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Soak testing the blocking circuit for the motorised facing points.

P1370684 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370685 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370687 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370689 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As elsewhere the stop is still fenced off.

P1370692 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370695 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370697 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370704 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Landscaping beyond the platform. Note the run-off ramps at the end of the track.

P1370699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370700 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370702 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Despite the left hand switch blade standing off from the stock rail the PPI was showing clear. Some fine adjustment needed?

P1370705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370706 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370714 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1370717 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trafford Centre substation.

P1370720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The end of the line, for now?

P1370721 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That's all folks. Roll on daylight testing.
 

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One of our Roving Reporters was out and about recently with an update of the TPL...

Pictures that I took yesterday between Pomona and Imperial War museum.

Junction at Pomona where track heading off to Trafford Centre look slight rusted but that could be dump weather.





I always thought this was going be public footpath leading down to tracks but I see it be for workmen.



This lot was took in and around Trafford rd bridge.









Next lot was took at Wharfside where apart from board for events turnstile I didn't notice anything new.







Events turnstile look finishes now.







Next lot are around Imperial War museum stop where I didn't realise it wasn't that far down from Wharfside/MediaCity stop.



















Board up near to Imperial War Museum stop showing new line.





Hopefully it wouldn't be too long until we start seeing daylight testing running on this route.

Thanks for looking.
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"Drivers being trained on new Trafford Park Metrolink line before opening"

"Drivers have been out testing the new Trafford Park Metrolink line today ahead of its opening.


The new line is expected to open by April this year, a whole seven months sooner than originally planned.

After track testing began in November last year, the line has progressed to see drivers now testing the new route out for themselves in training.

The new £350 million Metrolink extension project will see six new stops added out into Trafford Park and the Trafford Centre.

The project is being supported by Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

It is understood from previous information released by Metrolink that track testing (started in November) would be followed by driver training (happening now) and after that the line will open.

The final concrete was poured for the new line in November 2019, close to the Coronation Street set near Trafford Wharf Road and Warren Bruce Road.

The first daytime test tram arrived at the new Trafford Centre stop on Thursday December 19 2019 - and Trafford Council's leader Coun Andrew Western and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham were on board.

A spokesperson for Metrolink could not confirm the exact opening date for the new line, but said: "We hope to announce the public launch date soon.""

https://www.manchestereveningnews.c...s/drivers-being-trained-new-trafford-17750636
 

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I managed to get in another walk along the Trafford Park Line today and like Johnny found that there were at least two trams in use today on Driver Training duties.

My first sighting was at IWMN when 3043 came into view heading back towards Cornbrook at around 09:50. It rather caught me unprepared and I didn't manage to get any really good shots.

P1060476 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It had obviously recently been split out from a double unit by the looks of the cab end.

P1060478 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060479 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I then walked on towards Warren Bruce Road I kept an eye out for approaching trams. 3043 re-appeared on its way to the Trafford Centre about twenty minutes later. Unfortunately I was using two cameras and they are somewhat out of sync with their times.

P1060498 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0047 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0048 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Walking on past Village towards Fifth Avenue I thought I'd wait to see if there was any more action as I had found what I thought was a reasonable vantage point. having waited around 10 minutes 3111 hove into view outbound, apparently from what I found later this was the second shift on their first run. They are working 3 overlapping shifts using 2 trams.

P1060542 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0053 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0055 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching Mosley Road 3043 re-appeared inbound.

IMG_0058 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0061 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0065 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Continuing westwards towards Parkway 3111 appears inbound in the median strip.

IMG_0068 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0072 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0075 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was now a fair gap before I saw any more movements and I had got to the far side of Parkway Circle before 3043 re-appeared.

IMG_0076 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0079 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0085 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

My next encounter with a tram was on Barton Dock Road by the Holiday Inn. In fact I did wonder whether I had missed one as I walked down the slip road from Parkway to Barton Dock Road.

IMG_0086 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0092 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0095 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It re-appeared inbound as I approached Barton Dock Road stop. That grubby cab roof certainly spoils the image.

P1060566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A few minutes later 3111 comes into view

IMG_0099 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0101 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and quickly returns inbound.

IMG_0110 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0115 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

After a quick personal needs break I find myself on the approach to the terminus where 3111 is standing up at the end of the track presumably the drivers were on meal break.

IMG_0119 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3043 arrives, now with a new set of drivers and a different trainer. These presumably are the third of the 3 shifts.

IMG_0123 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0125 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0127 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This team all decided to take photographs before setting off back to Cornbrook.

IMG_0130 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0131 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060592 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off they go.

IMG_0135 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0137 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0140 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final look at 3111 still waiting for its crew.

P1060595 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I just managed to get across to the bus station before it started raining. Sorry it is rather picture heavy but I got rather carried away.
 

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Just 3040 on the driver training runs today!



Metrolink 3040 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3040 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Some general views along the line now between Pomona and Parkway


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

TVM's have appeared, with OLDER maps on them! Not sure but looked like Warlfside has the new one


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Trafford Park Line by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
 

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"Trafford Park Line opening date announced"

"Metrolink will open doors to some of the region’s most iconic visitor destinations when the new £350m Trafford Park Line launches on Sunday 22 March.

The launch date announcement comes immediately after the successful completion of the project and handover of the new line to the operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink, whose drivers are currently undertaking a rigorous training programme before welcoming the first passengers onboard.

Metrolink is already the UK’s largest tram network, running to a total of 96km and 93 stops. The new Trafford Park line will add a further 5.5km of track and six additional stops, bringing the total to 99.

The delivery of the new line supports Greater Manchester’s progress towards a London-style transport system. Launched in June 2019, ‘Our Network’ is a ten-year plan to create an integrated, modern and accessible public network – of which further Metrolink extensions and the introduction of tram-train are focal points.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “It’s great that the Trafford Park line will open for business on Sunday 22 March. It is a much-needed addition to the Metrolink network and will encourage more people to use public transport to journey around our city-region, and in doing so reduce congestion on our roads and improve the quality of our air.

“Last June I set out Our Network - a vision for the type of world-class transport network I want us to have here in Greater Manchester. This new line is a great step towards that, and a shining example of what we can deliver with the right funding and powers.”

The project was the first to benefit from the region’s Devolution Deal – signed by Greater Manchester leaders and central government in November 2014, with a £20 million contribution from Trafford Council – and has been delivered approximately seven months earlier than originally planned

The Trafford Park line runs through Europe’s largest industrial estate, providing access to thousands of jobs, including global brands such as Kellogg’s, Unilever, Missguided, L’Oreal and Adidas. The new stops will also provide easy access to some of the North West’s top retail and leisure destinations, including intu Trafford Centre, Old Trafford stadium and Imperial War Museum North.

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Andrew Western, said: “The opening of the Trafford Park Line will be hugely important for the continued development of the local and regional economy. It is fantastic news for the tens of thousands of people who come to Trafford Park and the surrounding areas for work and leisure.

“It will also help get more cars off the road as visitors will now have a real transport alternative via Metrolink to some of the country’s most famous retail and leisure destinations including Manchester United and the Imperial War Museum.”

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Chief Executive, Eamonn Boylan, added: “A project of this size and scale is a huge undertaking and we are pleased at how smoothly it’s come together, meaning we’re opening the line much sooner than we anticipated.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming passengers on board and opening up the Trafford Park area for workers, shoppers and visitors. I have no doubt it’ll make a huge difference to the area, particularly to the many local businesses.

“One particularly exciting partnership we’ve developed has been with intu Trafford Centre, and we look forward to growing our relationship in the years ahead.”

The mutually-beneficial deal between intu Trafford Centre and TfGM offers them opportunities to promote their leisure and retail destination alongside TfGM – the commercial income generated will be reinvested back into the Metrolink network.

Find out more about the new Trafford Park Line on the TfGM website."

https://news.tfgm.com/news/trafford-park-line-launch-date-confirmed
 

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Preparations continue for the opening of the New TPL...

Yes I thought so when I read it.
Here's a few more of driver training in variable light :-

2020-03-11 015 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-11 018 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-11 035 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

It was the Sport Relief races :-

2020-03-11 039 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-11 042 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-11 044 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-11 047 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-12 001 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-12 003 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-12 004 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-12 005 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

2020-03-12 006 by John McCarthy, on Flickr

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Shadow running of the 12 minute interval service between Cornbrook and Trafford centre on the new Metrolink Trafford Park line started today. All being well public services will start on Sunday march 22nd. It seemed strange to see so many trams at regular intervals. anyway here are some shots from my rather overblown sets. Sorry there are so many and some are of indifferent quality but I was experimenting with an unfamiliar camera that I had been given and I obviously have yet to sort out the settings.

At Pomona the PIDS were showing the trial running trams.

P1060610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060611 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

My first sighting of the day 3073 crossing the junction inbound.

IMG_0145 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Shortly afterwards 3068 arrives heading for the Trafford Centre.

IMG_0153 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The road is set for Trafford Centre

IMG_0154 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and 3068 creeps cautiously over the junction.

IMG_0156 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060617 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Viewed from Pomona Strand under the viaduct we see 3114 approaching alongside the Ship Canal.

P1060620 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3073 descends the ramp

P1060625 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

before diving under Trafford Road.

P1060627 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from Trafford Road we see 3078 heading for Cornbrook.

IMG_0160 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060632 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3012 quickly follows on behind

P1060633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and passes 3114 on the junction.

P1060640 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Alongside Wharf End 3061 heads east.

IMG_0167 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At present Wharfside is not easy for photographers but I gave it a try. 3078 on its way back to the Trafford Centre.

P1060654 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060656 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Trafford Wharf Road near IWMN stop 3061 re-appears.

IMG_0170 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060667 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As do 3073 and 3114.

P1060668 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060672 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0178 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now to Warren Bruce Road.

IMG_0189 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0191 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0201 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060676a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0212 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now I moved along to Village stop and its surroundings.

IMG_0222 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060678 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060679 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0230 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I decided to turn back now and try for s few shots from the north side of the canal on my way to Exchange Quay, but took one or tow more on the way.

IMG_0248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060683 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the footbridge to the Lowry.

P1060689 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some of these are not of great quality I'm afraid but the sun was against me.

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A real long distance shot as 3114 emerges from under Trafford Road.

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Now from Exchange Quay looking at the new viaduct/ramp.

IMG_0305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_0318 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think that's more than enough for now.
 

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I wonder why the identity of the eastern terminus is treated as a state secret.

Trams on this line will only run as far as Cornbrook.



https://trafford-park.tfgm.com/line-map

I hope I don't get in trouble for spilling the beans.
TfGM really need to hire a designer - this is the worst line map I've ever seen.

The most obvious is East Disbury is on the wrong side of the airport line. There is no alignment of lines either so it hurts the eyes. For example, the new Trafford Line could be aligned vertically with the Oldham Line (and we won't talk about those weird bends as it gets closer to Rochdale). And why does the Eccles Line bend down at the end - totally unnecessary except to fit in the circle marking the fare zones - which could be change to work much better.

The map is lacking a sense of design.
 

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Well amid all the sad events happening at present the Metrolink Trafford PArk Line opened today March 22nd. Not wishing to compromise social distancing principles I drove to the Trafford Centre for the first tram. Having seen the first 2 departures I then drove to Village and parked behind the Trafford Park Hotel for some more pictures before finally driving to Wharfside and parking on Wharfside Way which I though would allow a short walk alongside the tramway and Ship Canal in either direction. Here goes.

intu Trafford centre first.

DSC_1670 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I may not have been travelling but a ticket was a must.

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The first arrival.

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3073 even had a real passenger on board!

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I hadn't expected the advertising wrap, apparently it was applied yesterday.

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Understandably more staff than public. All posed for a team photograph.

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Ready for the off

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and off they go back to Cornbrook.

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DSC_1670 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3063 arrives on the second journey.

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DSC_1700 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

By this time the PIDS display had shutdown. One thing I did notice was that the turn rounds were very short, no more than 4 or 5 minutes.

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Now off to Village Way and stop.

3102 appears inbound.

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A solitary passenger waiting for the next outbound service.

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Next stop Wharfside on my journey home.

3063 heading back to Trafford Centre.

DSC_1718 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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I walked as far as the ramp.

3092 running inbound to Cornbrook.

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3102 passes the former MPT site office.

DSC_1737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_1738 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3120 descends the ramp heading to Cornbrook

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DSC_1748 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3092 climbs from the Trafford Road underpass.

DSC_1752a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3073 approaches the underpass heading for Cornbrook

DSC_1759 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and climbs to Pomona. The sun was being rather unhelpful here.

P1060810 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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3120 descends to pass under Trafford Road.

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P1060818 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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A final look at Wharfside.

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That's as far as I was wanting to go..
 

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A front seat view of the Newly Opened Trafford Park Line...

I spotted this first thing this morning:
A nice video of the Trafford line, for people like me, that haven't or can't have a ride!
 
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