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Manchester Victoria North end terminus has been redeveloped over the years, since 1992 the Manchester - Bury line was changed to a light rail tram system, from a side pick-up 3rd rail line using class 504 EMU's.

These days M5000 bombardier trams are used with T68a trams, serving the streets of Greater Manchester, Piccadilly, Manchester airport etc.

The model:

My attempt at recreating the prototype is almost complete, the scenic section itself is a single baseboard of 4ft x 2ft and a same size fiddle yard. The layout uses DCC, EM gauge SMP track with no turnouts. 4 platforms and a road bridge.

Three of the platforms are served by Northern Rail, services to Leeds, Selby. The 4th platform being the end of the line for the Bury - Victoria Metrolink service (in reality this continues into the surrounding streets)

 

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The layout is portable and fits in the boot of the car, with a mortgage on the horizon, ease of transport was a high priority.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Jack

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Ranger, there's some pretty big changes going on there at the minute. I look at YouTube uploads of the station to get ideas for the layout.

 

Matthew, thanks.

I did toy with the idea but I wanted something very modern, especially with new releases in RTR northern rail, such as the class 150 / 144 and Metrolink trams.

 

I plan to have some DRS class 47/8's for the shopex workings.

 

Jack.

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Good luck with this project, I have been to Victoria recently and the old station is hardly recognisable,thinngs have changed so much. I remember the last platform from when the 504's where running and then they changed it for the tram system. I am modeling the junction ( Radcliffe North) in N-gauge, I actually live in Radcliffe. Some of the structures from the 504 era are still there like the Monkey bridge between Radcliffe Central and Bury,I will watch your post with interest.

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Those 504's were always covered in graffiti, especially when they were in the later orange/brown GMPTE livery.

Thanks lilchris, should have some updates coming up soon.

 

Jack.

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I like this a lot

 

A compact urban terminus is the best way to get the most of the space available and this looks a good one

 

I will follow with interest

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Hi Jack

 

Looking good....

I seem to have missed a lot of your layouts due to my being busy with other things & modelling taking a back seat.....

 

Great to see you're still producing great layouts & will follow with interest.....

 

Cheers Bill

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This is interesting Jack, as an ex Metrolink driver i look forward to seeing this develop in fact my son is the expansions manager for Metrolink, i only got to drive the T68,s though but i loved them.

Steve.

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