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Metrolink tram in the city centre coupled units tram with steps in operation

Metrolink operates 32 trams, built in two batches by Italian manufacturer Ansaldo. Numbers 1001–1026 are the original Phase One 'T68' cars and 2001–2006 are Phase Two 'T68a' cars built for the Eccles extension. In appearance the two batches are very similar, though the Phase Two cars carry a revised livery and have dot matrix destination displays rather than blinds. The Phase Two cars also have retractable couplers, and the couplers and bogies are covered. This is necessary for operation on the Eccles line, where there is considerable shared-use street running. Some Phase One trams have been modified in this way.

The trams may be coupled together, and rush hour services regularly use two trams.

Most of Metrolink's Phase one routes were converted from heavy rail routes, and inherited railway standard height platforms. Because of this, Metrolink cars are high-floor. The city centre platforms have a high-floor section the length of one tram, and the remaining part of the platform is lower: when trams are coupled together, and the second tram will, at city centre stops, operate retractable steps which allow pasengers to use the lower section of the platform.

The trams have two carriages, articulated in the centre, and are 30m (98ft) long. The top speed is 50mph, but the trams operate within road speed limits when running on-street. Each tram is accessible for wheelchair users.

Passenger capacity is 86 seated and 122 standing. Trams are one-person operated —there is a driver, but no conductor, with passengers buying tickets from machines at the tram stops.

The system uses 750vDC overhead power supply with single wire pantograph current collection.

Fleet list

Last updated: 9th October 2007

Thanks to Christopher Gallagher for some of the details below
Click on tram number for pictures

T68 (Phase One) cars (1992)

Tram numberNameLivery
1001 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1002 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1003 New Metrolink
1004The Robert OwenNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1005 §The Railway MissionNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1006 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1007Sony Centre ArndalePhase 2 Metrolink
1008 New Metrolink
1009Virgin MegastoresNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1010 § New Metrolink
1011 New Metrolink
1012 New Metrolink
1013The Grenadier GuardsmanNew Metrolink
1014The Great Manchester RunnerNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1015 §Burma StarNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1016 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1017Bury HospiceNew Metrolink (yellow line)
1018 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1019 New Metrolink
1020Lancashire FusilierNew Metrolink
1021Sony Centre ArndaleOriginal Metrolink
1022The Poppy AppealNew Metrolink
1023 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1024 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1025 New Metrolink (yellow line)
1026The PowerNew Metrolink (yellow line)

§ Phase 1 unit modified with concealed couplers and skirts to operate over Eccles extension

T68a (Phase Two) cars (1999)

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Tram numberNameLivery
2001The Joe Clarke OBEPhase 2 Metrolink
2002Sony Centre ArndalePhase 2 Metrolink
2003Traveller 2000New Metrolink
2004Salford Lads ClubPhase 2 Metrolink
2005WHSmith West OnePhase 2 Metrolink (yellow line)
2006Sony Centre ArndalePhase 2 Metrolink

Liveries:

Original Metrolink = white with dark grey skirt, turquoise stripe at base of body
Phase Two Metrolink = as original livery plus turquoise doors
New Metrolink = as original livery, plus torquoise doors, a turquoise stripe at the top of the body and orange lines separating the turquoise stripes and the white body
'yellow line' = variation of the New Metrolink livery where the the lower of the two orange lines (at door sill level) is replaced with a yellow line; or a variation of the Phase Two Metrolink livery with a yellow line added at this point on the vehicle

Ancillary vehicles

Metrolink also operate a small number of ancillary vehicles, which include the following:

Registration numberTypeLivery
N983 YNCFord TransitWhite with Metrolink logos
V685 FRBToyota HiluxWhite
V466 FVMFord RangerWhite with Metrolink logos
X445 RSSFord TransitWhite with Serco logos
-ShunterMetrolink
-San Francisco Muni tramcar No. 1326San Francisco Muni
L253 HKKMulticar with lifting platformWhite with Metrolink fleetnames
SO02 NUJCitroën BerlingoWhite with Serco logos
R75 KBMFord Transit - hi-top, long wheelbaseWhite with Metrolink logos
SM51 WDY?Citroën BerlingoWhite with Serco logos
SG51 XLDFord TransitWhite with Serco and Metrolink logos
NA54 LGWFord TransitWhite
N981 YNCFord TransitWhite with Metrolink logos
NG04 RTXFord Transit flatbed 
?Ford Transit flatbedWhite
NG04 EOJFord Transit flatbedWhite
BG04 ZSJFord Transit ConnectWhite
NG05 CJOFord Transit ConnectWhite
NJ06 JWWFord TransitWhite
KR04 FUMMercedes Benz SprinterWhite
BD53 VDKFord Transit hi-topWhite, Metrolink logo on rear door
?Ford Transit hi-topWhite
N983 YNCFord TransitWhite with Metrolink logos
V685 FRBToyota HiluxWhite
V466 FVMFord RangerWhite with Metrolink logos
X445 RSSFord TransitWhite with Serco logos
-ShunterMetrolink
-San Francisco Muni tramcar No. 1326San Francisco Muni
L253 HKKMulticar with lifting platformWhite with Metrolink fleetnames
SO02 NUJCitroën BerlingoWhite with Serco logos
R75 KBMFord Transit - hi-top, long wheelbaseWhite with Metrolink logos
SM51 WDY?Citroën BerlingoWhite with Serco logos
SG51 XLDFord TransitWhite with Serco and Metrolink logos
NA54 LGWFord TransitWhite
N981 YNCFord TransitWhite with Metrolink logos
NG04 RTXFord Transit flatbed 
?Ford Transit flatbedWhite
NG04 EOJFord Transit flatbedWhite
BG04 ZSJFord Transit ConnectWhite
NG05 CJOFord Transit ConnectWhite
NJ06 JWWFord TransitWhite
KR04 FUMMercedes Benz SprinterWhite
BD53 VDKFord Transit hi-topWhite, Metrolink logo on rear door
?Ford Transit hi-topWhite
 

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