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MANCHESTER

UNITED KINGDOM

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UNITED KINGDOM

BIRMINGHAM

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LONDON

MANCHESTER

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Because of the complexity of the Manchester-area rail transportation system, there are altogether four maps showing the routes:

It is possible to by-pass the maps:


THE MANCHESTER REGION

Manchester Region 1944 tram map


THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN REGION

Manchester Metropolitan Region 1944 tram map


ABBREVIATIONS ON THIS MAP

BB Brooks' Bar OR Oldfield Rd.
CB Cromwell Bldg. OxR Oxford Rd.
CL Cross Lane OT Old Trafford
CR Chester Rd. PG Plymouth Grove
ENR Eccles New Rd. RB Regent Bridge
FR Frederick Rd. RR Regent Rd.
GWS Great Western Street TB Trafford Bridge
LR Lloyd Rd. TC The Crescent
MLE Moss Lane East TR Trafford Road
OL Ordsall Lane WR Warwick Rd.

THE MANCHESTER CORE CITY AREA

Manchester Downtown City Region 1944 tram map


THE BOLTON/BURY AREA

Bolton Bury Manchester 1944 tram map


ROUTES

BOLTON TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Bolton Corporation Tramways

  B Bolton - Lostock - Beehive
  D Bolton - Deane
  E Bolton - Deane - Punch Lane - Westhoughton
  F Bolton - Moses Gate - Farnworth
  G Bolton - Moses Gate - Walkden
  H Bolton - Halliwell
  M Bolton - Moses Gate
  N Bolton - Lostock - Beehive - Horwich
  O Bolton - Tudor Ave.
  R Bolton - Deane - Punch Lane
  T Bolton - Tonge Moor

BURY TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Bury Corporation Tramways

   Rochdale Depot / South Bury - Bury Station - Tottington
   Rochdale Depot / South Bury - Bury Station - Walmersley

MANCHESTER TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Manchester Corporation Tramways

Note: Short-turn routes (indicated by a letter after the route number) are not shown unless they diverge from the main route.

13 Albert Sq. - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Brooks' Bar - Chorlton - Southern Cemetery
19 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Denton - Hyde
20 Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood - Oldham - Waterhead
21 Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood [Rush hours only]
23 Chorlton - Brooks' Bar - Hulme - Stretford Rd. - [Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] [back: Princess St. - Cavendish St.] - Piccadilly - Oldham Rd. - Hollinwood
27D (1) Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Park [Rush hour and special services]
27D (2) Birchfields Rd. - Rusholme - Great Western St. [back: Moss Lane East] - Brooks' Bar - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Park [Rush hour and special services]
30 Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Stretford Rd. - Old Trafford - Trafford Bridge
32 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - West Gorton - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Reddish Bull’s Head
33 Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.] - London Road Station - Downing St. - Hyde Rd. - Reddish Lane - Reddish Bull’s Head - Reddish Vale Rd.
35 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport - Hazel Grove
35B Albert Sq. - Princess St. [back: Cavendish St. - Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport
35C Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.] - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Stockport
36 Albert Sq. - St. Peter's Sq. - City Rd. - Hulme - Princess Rd. - Southern Cemetery
37 Southern Cemetery - Chorlton - Old Trafford - Chester Rd. - Deansgate - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.)
37A Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme - Heaton Moor Rd. [Rush hours only]
37B Piccadilly - London Rd. [back: Aytoun St.].- London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.) [Rush hours only]
37E Grosvenor St. - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.) [Rush hours only]
38 Albert Sq. - Princess St.[back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - West Point - Fallowfield
38B Albert Sq. - Princess St.[back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Plymouth Grove - Stockport Rd. - West Point - Mauldeth Rd. [Rush hours only]
39 Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - London Rd. - London Road Station - Downing St. - Stockport Rd. - West Point - East Didsbury
40 Albert Sq. - Princess St. [back: Cavendish St. - Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Upper Brook St. - Rusholme - Birchfields Rd. - East Didsbury
42F Exchange Station - Market St. - Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Oxford Rd. - Platt Lane [Football specials only]
44 Piccadilly - [Princess St. - Cavendish St.] [back: Oxford Rd. - Oxford St. - St. Peter's Sq.] - Oxford Rd. - Princess Rd. - Southern Cemetery
48B Piccadilly - Market St. - Deansgate - Chester Rd. - Old Trafford - Warwick Rd. [Rush hours only]

OLDHAM TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Oldham Corporation Tramways

  1 Hollinwood - Oldham - Waterhead
11 Hollinwood - Oldham

SALFORD TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Salford Corporation Tramways

34 Deansgate - Salford Station - Chapel St. - Oldfield Rd.- Regent Rd. - Eccles New Rd. - Weaste
69 Victoria St. - Blackfriars Rd. - Cromwell Bldg.
70 Ordsall Lane - Trafford Rd. - Cross Lane - Frederick Rd. - Lower Broughton - Blackfriars Rd. - Deansgate - Regent Bridge - Regent Rd. - Trafford Rd. - Ordsall Lane [Loop route, clockwise]
71 Ordsall Lane - Trafford Rd. - Regent Rd. - Regent Bridge - Deansgate - Blackfriars Rd. - Lower Broughton - Frederick Rd. - Cross Lane - Trafford Rd. - Ordsall Lane [Loop route, anti-clockwise]
76 Deansgate - Salford Station - Chapel St. - The Crescent - Cross Lane - Eccles New Rd. - Weaste
81 Deansgate - Salford Station - Chapel St. - The Crescent - Broad St. - Irlams o’ th’ Height

STOCKPORT TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Stockport Corporation Tramways

  1 Reddish Bull’s Head - Reddish Vale Rd. - Stockport - Cheadle Heath
  2 Hyde - Bredbury - Stockport - Edgeley
  3 Reddish Bull’s Head - Reddish Vale Rd. - Stockport - - Hazel Grove
  4 Levenshulme (Lloyd Rd.) - - Stockport - Hazel Grove


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Tramways: approx. 114 km. (Manchester Corporation Tranways only)


HISTORY

Tramways

  • Horse-powered tramways: 17 May 1877 - 1903.
  • Steam-powered tramways: 1882 - 1905.
  • First-generation electric tramways: 7 June 1901 - 10 Jan. 1949 (in Bury until Feb. 1949 and in Stockport until 25 Aug. 1951).
  • Revived tramway (electric overhead): 20 July 1992 – today.

GAUGE

  • Tramways / Metrolink: 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Museum of Transport , in Smedley, just north of Victoria Station, has a horse-drawn tram, two early electric trams and the prototype Metrolink tram from the early 1990s.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • Bett, W.H. & Gillham, J.C. Great British tramway networks. London: Light Railway Transport League, 1962.
  • "Metrolink on the move", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2008 (71: 847), 24p. supplement.
  • Symons, J. & Johnston, H. "Manchester: The 20 year wait for a tram!", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2002 (65: 775), p.248-252.
  • Wilson, A. "A brief history of the Manchester tramways", The Modern Tramway. Nov. 1941 (4: 47), p.124-125. and Dec. 1941 (4: 48), p.140-141.
  • Pulling, N. "Systems Factfile Special: Metrolink, Manchester, UK", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2011 (74: 883), p.263-268.
  • Yearsley, I. The Manchester tram. Huddersfield: The Advertiser Press,1962.
  • Young, A.P. "Britain's first new generation tramway", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, July 1992 (55: 655), p.173-179.

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