Good news and bad news this week for Manchester’s Metrolink tram system.
The following night, however, a tram derailed at Harbour City, striking a pole and damaging overhead, as noted by BBC News.
As reported in more detail by MEN, apparently there were no injuries among the tram’s 40 passengers. The cause: Apparently “a suspected points failure” (or a faulty switch, for my American readers.) The result: Shutdown of the entire Eccles line until the next morning, traffic chaos and (at this writing anyway, early on Sept. 23) the MediaCity spur remains closed for further repairs.
The comments on the second MEN story are well worth a read. Amid the usual rants are some interesting (albeit unverified) observations about signalling and operational practices.