Manchester Metrolink services through the City Centre were suspended during the evening of Friday 21st December after M5000 3032 derailed having just departed Market Street stop at approximately 1715.
3032 was running towards Piccadilly Station when it came off the rails having just left Market Street stop. The incident happened in the vicinity of a set of points and is the third such occasion that a derailment has happened around this point.
Whilst Metrolink and the RAIB undertook their investigations services were altered so trams from Bury and Shaw & Crompton terminated at Victoria and all other services were
diverted in Piccadilly Station. This meant that double T68s provided a very rare sight at Piccadilly and the Piccadilly-Altrincham route also saw the return of T68s which have not been seen since Trafford Depot got its own allocation of M5000s to be used on this service.
The tram had been removed from Market Street by the end of service on 21st December and normal services were resumed across the network including between Victoria and Mosley Street.
The RAIB have launched an investigation into the incident and will release a report giving further details into what happened although if past practice is anything to go by we may well be celebrating Christmas 2013 before this happens…