Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1017

Manchester Metrolink T68 1017 is the latest tram to feature in our Picture in Time series as we take a look at the tram in 1992 at Altrincham.

It look only a little over two months between delivery and entry into service for 1017 with the tram arriving in the city on 18th February 1992 and then it carried its first passengers on 27th April – the first day of cross city operations. Over the years the tram has suffered a derailment (1994) and was involved in a collision with a bus (2006) and also went to Wolverton Works in 2005 for refurbishment works. This saw the tram absent from service between August and November 2005. In 2012 it became the last of the T68s to undergo works under the Universal Running modifications project and the following year it made history as the last T68 to call at Woodlands Road with a city bound service at the end of 2013 before the stop was closed. The tram didn’t last much longer in service with it being involved in a collision with a car close to Exchange Quay stop on 10th January 2014 and although repairs were carried out it was never to run in service again with it being the 26th of the combined T68/T68A fleet to be withdrawn. 1017 stayed in Manchester until 23rd October 2014 when it made the dreaded one way trip to Rotherham for scrapping.

We have two photos of 1017 on 11th June 1992 at Altrincham Station. The line between G-Mex and Altrincham opened four days later and so these images show the tram during the final stages of testing and clearly show the original Manchester Metrolink livery without the aquamarine doors which really did make it a rather uninspiring and plain colour scheme.

Both Photographs by Ralph Oakes-Garnett

* If you want to know the full story of the Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68A fleet why not get a copy of the excellent “Superb: A tribute to the Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68A Light Rail Vehicles” by Andrew Coward and John Henderson – it’s an ideal Christmas present for any modern tram enthusiast. You can purchase direct from the publishers at http://www.buryrossendalerails.com/.

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One Response to Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1017

  1. Andy Coward says:

    Many thanks for plugging the book Gareth – if you want a copy please order soon, as there are now less than 15 copies remaining.

    It is appropriate the book got a mention in a thread about 1017. In May 2001, 1017 was named BURY HOSPICE and this was the charity that benefitted from the profits made by the book. To date £3,050 has been donated to Bury Hospice from the book profits and there should be another £300 or so to follow by the time the last copy is sold.

    Many thanks to everyone who bought a copy of the book – I am delighted it has been so well received and it has donated a reasonable amount of money to a charity that is very close to my heart.