In Pictures: Crumpsall gets TMS equipment ready for Trafford Park service

The Manchester Metrolink Bury line was closed in its entirety on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July with the main purpose seeing the installation of the majority of the TMS (that’s Tram Management System not Test Match Special!) equipment needed to control the new platform when trams from the Trafford Park line start to terminate in early 2020. This is a vital step for the introduction of these services and will allow the safe movement of trams into the bay platform here. The chance was also taken on Sunday 7th for some work to take place at Victoria with a half set of switches (points) replaced at the city end of the stop. Steve Hyde has provided us with these photos.

At Crumpsall and this shot was taken from Crumpsall Lane showing the new siding with tram management system loops installed (the between track black squares, almost looking like ladders!)

A view of the existing inbound platform at Crumpsall with the yellow axle counter electronics housings and rail mounted counter heads installed.

A view looking towards Manchester with newly erected signals and point indicators visible along with more axle counter equipment. The points associated with the crossover have had point machines fitted.

Finally at Victoria a replacement half set of switches were fitted to one of the sets of points at the city end. (All Photographs by Steve Hyde)

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