Another collection of cheap and cheerful pictures from the two parts of the Metrolink’s newest additions
Rochdale’s newly opened tram station, and 3044 about to depart for Oldham and St. Werburgh’s Road.
The East Manchester Line has been open for almost a month, but other commitments have stopped me venturing along this stretch. Today, I decided to right this wrong and take in the newly opened Shaw to Rochdale extension as well. One bus into Droylsden later, I would continue my journey to Manchester and Rochdale on the tram.
Here’s the proof of the pudding…
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1. East Manchester Line: Droylsden to Piccadilly:
Droylsden tram station, and the Concord Suite in the background.
Edge Lane tram station and a Droylsden bound tram.
Transport for Greater Manchester/Metrolink RATP publicity celebrating the new Edge Lane station.
Two sights familiar to millions: the Etihad Stadium and the mammoth ASDA/Walmart Supercentre.
Another sight familiar to millions, especially after five pm or ten pm: the Manchester platform of Etihad Campus tram station.
The Etihad Campus’ Droylsden platform and the Tennis Centre.
The Chips apartment block, New Islington, Ancoats. No sign of Broderick Crawford boarding here.
Heading towards Piccadilly station.
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2. Shaw – Rochdale extension
‘Way to go Milnrow’, among a number of station signs enticing potential passengers.
Newbold Station: one of three completely new stations on the Shaw and Rochdale section. Off camera is the Morrisons store, on the site of Rochdale Hornets’ old ground.
A Rochdale tram negotiating the High Level Road.
Heavy Rail Meets Light Rail: the 1980 railway station building in the background with a St. Werburgh’s Road tram waiting in the wings.
Old Meets New: the newly opened tram station and the 1933 fire station, which also houses the Greater Manchester Fire Museum.
S.V., 03 March 2013.