The first of the new generation of trams in the UK has been withdrawn from service with
Manchester Metrolink T68 1001 taken out of service during early August becoming the fifth of the initial 12 to be withdrawn (although this has since increased to six).
1001 was a trail blazer for the new light rail systems of the UK as it was the very first tram to arrive in the country on 29th August 1991 and also became the first of the T68s to arrive in Manchester. Entering service in April 1992 along with the remainder of its sisters it has
enjoyed a career of just over 20 years and has carried the standard old Metrolink colours of white, dark grey and blue throughout the time although in a couple of different styles.
Having sat out of service at Queen’s Road depot for around a week at the start of August the final decision to withdraw the tram officially was made on 7th August. Following this component recovery will commence before an expected move to Trafford depot for storage and further component recovery.
- Full details of which T68s have been withdrawn so far will be found on our Metrolink
fleet list (http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/manchester.html) after the main weekend update. (Currently only the initial four are shown on this)