Exploring Manchester by Tram—Part 2

A Tale of Two Tram Cities 

Metrolink is a popular name used by modern urban passenger rail systems.

As a follow-up from yesterday’s post, I’ve included more images from my Manchester visit earlier this month (August 2014).

MediaCity UK.
MediaCity UK.

The present Metrolink colour scheme on the cars is a contrast from the 1990s-era trams that I experienced on my visit in 2000. Those were painted off-white with black and aqua-green stripes. While on this visit, I saw a few of the first generation trams stored at a depot, these no longer appeared to be in service. Too bad, it would be interesting to get photos of the old and new side by side.

I found Manchester Metrolink convenient to travel on and easy to photograph. Tram frequencies were very good and for the most part the trams were well patronized, but not overly crowded.

In my photography I tried to include the environment around Metrolink and not just focus on the railway. Among the more interesting places to make images was in the city centre where the trams run in the streets that were crowded with pedestrians.

Here the Lumix LX7 is an ideal tool. The camera is inconspicuous and allowed me to get some dramatic angles without difficulty. A mix of bright sun and sluicing rain made for dramatic changes in the quality of light.

Eccles. A burst of sun after a prolonged shower.
Eccles. A burst of sun after a prolonged shower.
A cafe in the Manchester City centre allowed me to get a bit of lunch and stay dry.
A cafe in the Manchester City centre allowed me to get a bit of lunch and stay dry in between cloud bursts. While the sun is out in this image, minutes before it was gushing rain.
The Lumix LX7 allowed me to get some low angle views to accentuate the damp streets and reflect the clouds in the windows of the tram.
The Lumix LX7 allowed me to get some low angle views to accentuate the damp streets and reflect the clouds in the windows of the tram.
Urban scene, August 2014.
Urban scene, August 2014.
Crowds wait at Market Street in the Manchester City Centre.
Crowds wait at Market Street in the Manchester City Centre.
A bit of glint graces the back of an outbound tram near Manchester Piccadilly Station.
A bit of glint graces the back of an outbound tram near Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Tomorrow: the second tram city in this story!

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