Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1004 & 1002

Another 1992 image from Manchester Metrolink features in today’s “Picture in Time” and this time its before public services had even begun.

This photo was taken on 25th February 1992 and shows two trams at Victoria stop in between testing duties. The main tram we can see is T68 1004 which is at the city end of the usual outbound platform whilst we can also see 1002 in the double-length platform. You will note that 1002 is named “Manchester Arndale Voyager” – this was the very first tram to be named in Manchester and like so many more to come after this it was merely an extra form of publicity, in this case a food court at the Arndale Centre. The name would remain in situ until September 1996. As for 1004 its first name wouldn’t follow until November 1994.

Photograph by Ralph Oakes-Garnett

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2 Responses to Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1004 & 1002

  1. John Hibbert says:

    Are’nt both cars actually at the little used platform A?

  2. steve hyde says:

    I think that is what the text is saying. Both trams in the same platform. Until sometime around 2000/1 platform A was used routinely by Bury bound trams, only a few early morning northbound services starting from Victoria and a similar number of southbound services from Bury that would then run empty to Queens Road depot used platform B. It was only after the condition of the roof became so bad that it was considered hazardous that platform A was abandoned.

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