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Manchester Metrolink and the Evolution of Tram Technology

Lecture

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The lecture takes a brief look at the evolution of electric tramways in Manchester and the surrounding area from 1900 to the present day. It will then explore the evolution of the vehicles and the electrical technology, with a look to the future.

Date and Time

12 April 2018 - 19:00-21:00

Location

Manchester, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the UK - NW:Manchester local network.


About this event

The Manchester Retired Members Group of the IET are presenting the 2018 Prestige Lecture on Manchester Metrolink history and technology.

Manchester's first tram age began in 1877 with the first horse-drawn trams. By 1949 the last Manchester tram line was closed. Until the current Metrolink network was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 17 July 1992. The current network consists of seven lines, and growing. It is operated by a fleet of Bombardier Flexity Swift M5000s.

The talk this evening will take a brief look at the evolution of electric tramways in Manchester and the surrounding area from 1900 to the present day.  It will then explore the evolution of the vehicles and the electrical technology, recognising the growth in the number of systems to be found on a tramway today.   The evening will conclude with a look to the future and some discussion on the impact of rapidly-changing technology.

You can learn in this lecture the inside story from our guest speaker David Beilby who has worked closely with the Manchester Metrolink project for many years. You can register a free place from the "Register" web link below.

Programme

18:30 Buffet served
19:00 Lecture by guest speaker David Beilby
20:30 Q&A
21:00 Event close

Additional information

"This visit event is organised by Manchester based IET Retired Members Group"



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