SD8203 : T68A Tram Leaving Heaton Park Tunnel

taken 7 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

T68A Tram Leaving Heaton Park Tunnel
T68A Tram Leaving Heaton Park Tunnel
Metrolink T68A tram number 2003, operating on the Abraham Moss to Bury shuttle service, exits the Heaton Park Tunnel and travels along the short cutting towards Heaton Park Station.

The Heaton Park Tunnel was constructed during the 19th century when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s line between Manchester and Radcliffe was being laid. Lord Wilton, the owner of the estate at that time, was not prepared to see his estate disfigured by a railway and insisted on the trains going under his estate and not in a cutting. Although known as Heaton Park Tunnel it should, perhaps, be more correctly described as a covered way as it was not constructed by tunnelling but was dug out and then roofed over. It is possibly the shallowest railway tunnel in the UK. At one point, the top of the brick arch is less than two feet underground.

At the time this photograph was taken, 2003 and its sister vehicle 2001, were the last of the iconic blue and white liveried T68 trams operating on the Metrolink system. Significant as the T68s were the first of Britain's "second generation" trams to run on city streets.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 12 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8255 0371 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.7853N 2:15.8829W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8247 0375
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