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Rochdale Town Centre joins the Metrolink network

It has been a week of contrasting emotions for fans of Manchester Metrolink this week with the period starting off with the excitement of the Rochdale Town Centre extension opening (photos of that day can be found here) but then as the week progressed we had the news that the scrapping of the redundant T68 and T68A LRVs had resumed with 2004 departing Trafford Depot for Booths of Rotherham and the cutter's torch.

Obviously it is always good to see another extension opening and they have certainly been coming thick and fast on Manchester Metrolink over the past few years. The Metrolink network is now 48.5 miles long and has 77 stops making it by far the largest tram system in the UK and is really the blueprint for other cities who either want to extend their current system or those who have aspirations of having trams in the future.

Unfortunately it seems with every bit of good news there comes some bad and that is certainly what happened on Thursday 2nd April when the news broke that 2004 was being loaded onto a low loader for its last one way trip to South Yorkshire. Even though we all knew it was coming it is still a shame to actually see the scrappings commence and it is expected that a LRV will now leave Manchester at the rate of around one a week. In the meantime two T68As remain in service so if you spot either 2001 or 2003 in action you are urged to jump on board or take a photo before it is too late!

This week on British Trams Online we are once again able to bring you another three Photo Galleries. As well as the previously mentioned Rochdale Town Centre opening collection we have photos from London Tramlink and Beamish.

Speaking of Beamish that is precisely where I should be next weekend and as a result there will be no main site update of British Trams Online on the weekend of 12th/13th April but the News section will continue to be updated before the main site returns over the Easter Weekend. For those of you interested there should be "LIVE" coverage from Beamish on both Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April on Facebook - you don't have to be a member of Facebook to enjoy these just follow the link!

6th April 2014

Picture of the Week: Manchester Metrolink 3049

The latest piece of the Manchester Metrolink jigsaw opened on Monday 31st March when the first passengers were carried on the Rochdale Town Centre extension. The LRV to do the honours was 3049 and it is that vehicle which is shown here as it leaves the town centre and rounds the curve on the first departure to East Didsbury.
Photo: Steve Hyde

Upcoming Events

Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th April: Great North Steam Fair - Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

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Friday 18th to Sunday 20th April: Heritage Tram Service - Blackpool

Friday 18th to Monday 21st April: Rush Hour on the Railways - Isle of Man

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This page was last updated on Sunday 6th April 2014

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