The first, highly successful new system. Not enough
my liking, although the Eccles line has a good length, albeit with a
rather long distance between stops. The whole thing would be improved
by having a brighter livery and by smartening up the shockingly run
down stations left over from the heavy rail days. Good to see new
extensions being built, although surely a new City Centre line is going
to be needed to avoid congestion and delays when all the new lines are
in the early days, when operation was limited to the Victoria to Bury
section, 1006 is seen at Victoria Station.
approaching Victoria Station on 19th April 1992 is 1002.
is seen on Balloon Street on 2nd May 1992
is seen on the new tram-only roadway built to link Balloon Street and
High Street on 2nd May 1992. This is the sight of the Shude Hill stop,
with the Shude Hill Interchange occupying the ground to the right of
is seen at G-Mex on 2nd May 1992, at which time this was the southern
terminus of the system.
is descending the ramp from G-Mex down towards Lower Mosley Street and
the St Peter's Square stop on 2nd May 1992.
again on 2nd May 1992 approaching St Peter's Square.
1020 seen on 2nd May 1992 heading towards Victoria Station.
6th June 1992, 1005 was photographed at G-Mex
at Altrincham in the early days of operation through to that point.
Manchester Metrolink 2002, one of the
new cars bought for the Eccles line at Broadway station on 9th July
2000. At this time the public service
terminated at Broadway
but the cars continued empty to Eccles, operating a shadow service,
returning empty to Broadway to take up public service. I am still
to why only six new trams were bought for the Eccles service, which
required six trams in service, with the subsequent adaptation of some
the original trams to operate on the new line, when the Bury and
Altrincham services were already needing extra capacity.
Metrolink 2002 again, this time
approaching the Regent
terminus in Eccles on 12th September 2000 following the full opening of
the Eccles line.
stood at Eccles Station, 12th September 2000.
on London Road, 24th September 2007
and 1023 passing on London Road
on 24th September 2007, 2003 is seen entering London Road.