Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1016

The latest edition of Picture in Time heads back to Manchester as we take a look at Metrolink’s T68 1016 during the first year of its operation – 1992.

1016 was delivered to Manchester on 13th February 1992 and entered service on the very first day of operation – 6th April 1992. The tram is probably unique in the T68s in that that it has made two trips to Wolverton Works; the first of which was in 2006 when it went down for refurbishment works as with all of its fellow classmates. But another trip was necessary in 2008 for repairs to damage caused by a derailment at the end of June. 1016 was coupled to 1008 and derailed as it crossed Princess Street mounting the pavement and demolishing two of the overhead support poles. The damage was sufficient enough for repairs having to be outsourced and it spent a month at Wolverton Works in August and September 2008 for this purpose. The tram was officially withdrawn from service on 10th February 2014 but was resurrected for use on the Farewell T68 tour in May of the same year receiving special “FAREWELL T68” name stickers for the event. 1016 left Manchester on 21st August 2014 but was not destined for the scrapman as it headed to Long Marston where it has joined the UK Tram test fleet.

This photo shows 1016 on 27th April 1992 – the first day of public cross city operations – heading through Shudehill. At this time Shudehill did not have a tramstop with the area looking very different to that we know today.

Photograph by Ralph Oakes-Garnett

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1 Response to Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1016

  1. tram man says:

    Its hard to believe that’s its only just over a year since the last T68 ran in service.Shudehill is now classed as a interchange with the building of the bus station and car park along side the tram stop.
    I had cause to use the bus station twice this year to meet a family member on the London Megabus coach.I was shocked to find how Dark,Dismal and Depressing the place looked.It reminded me of the old Chorlton street bus station.I would have thought T.F.G.M would have put a bit more imagination into it seeing they had a blank canvas.Does anybody think the same or is it just me.

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